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Big in Japan

By: Jennifer Coyle

Publication Date: May 2005

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Big in Japan by Jennifer Coyle

When pop mogul Svengali Max of Big In Japan Records discovers Cara in a shop in Temple Bar, he immediately signs her up to his stable of young wannabees. Her friends cannot believe her luck. However little does Cara realize what’s in store for her.

Overnight, he transforms her into Colleen: the Celtic popstar with strawberry-blonde extensions and snow-white teeth. Soon she discovers that Max’s plans don’t really include her voice. Whatever! But there are compensations, such as falling for the lead singer of another band and living it up in London.

Max decides his protégée is ready to be launched onto the Irish-American circuit. Catapulted onto a mad tour tinged with shamrocks, sex and drugs, Colleen soon ends up on a Senate election bandwagon, and just as she becomes a ‘hit’, she finds that being a pop idol isn’t all it’s cracked up to be …

“An uproariously funny account of what it’s like to become a star in the music world!” —Louis Walsh

‘Jennifer Coyle has written a gem of a book. It’s a candid critique about the nature of fame and celebrity, interspersed with insightful observations about the Irish and plenty of deft comic touches. An impressive debut – Ms Coyle is destined to be big.’ Customer review

‘Brilliant new book…written in a light & humourous style, perfect for travelling this summer. who is jennifer coyle? a talented writer to watch!! I look forward to finding out what Cara does next.’ Customer review


Jennifer Coyle was born in Dublin in 1975 and educated at Trinity College and the Sorbonne. She was once Sleeping Beauty at EuroDisney, Marie Claire’s ‘What’s hot and What’s Not’ girl, and has also globe-trotted as a travel journalist and feature writer for The Observer. Read more here.


1 review for Big in Japan

  1. Lilliput Press

    “From me being a big girl this is what I want to read” ANGELA HOWES

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 215 × 135 mm
Publication Date

May 2005


Paperback, 224pp