Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A modern day fairy tale of love, donkeys, dancing and travel.

Bella Vendramini is back!

After seeing the world, and a recent three month road trip that involved blown up cars and late nights, Bella is back home in Sydney.  Bella is a guest at this year's Byron Bay Writer's Festival (August 5-7), see http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au for more her session details.

Bella Vendramini knows that any good adventure starts with running away from home, but packing thirty or so cities into just over a year probably went a wee bit overboard…

Brace yourself for a tropical jungle, an exploding building, a Parisian love affair, a life-changing romance (or two), depression, acting in the New York theatre, spanking lessons, a Tarantino blockbuster, a German concentration camp, a New York society wedding (Bella's), a wreck of a marriage (yep, Bella's again), serial burglary, murderous hitchhikers, digging up dead people, champagne on the French Riviera, driving the Monte Carlo Grand Prix circuit (drunk), breaking into the Cannes Film Festival (also drunk), uprooting friendships, fleeing a detention centre in Canada, having an out-of-body experience in a gutter and more than a few sanity pleas... Bella figures she finally knows a thing or two about adventure - and about fortune.

Bella Vendramini believes that your fortune either changes slowly like the melting of a pavlova on a hot summer's day – unhurriedly and dreamily – or in the blink of an eye, with the speed of a whip-tip-flick of a lash wielded by a sexy rodeo cowboy as he straddles his steed and flexes his sweaty biceps. Er, or something like that... Bella is the daughter of author Rosie Scott and filmmaker Danny Vendramini. In her acting career, Bella has also performed on the stage and in various films, including the title role in the Australian independent feature film 'Playing with Piranhas'. She won the audience award for Best Actress at the TAP gallery awards for the short film, 'The Philanderers'. Bella trained at The Actor's Centre, NIDA and The Lee Strasberg Institute of New York.

Praise for Naked in Public:

"After reading this book you might need a little lie down, a neat whiskey, a cup of tea, or whatever it takes to settle your nerves. Vendramini is a whirlwind with a mean line in metaphor and a tendency to risk-taking behaviour and here she takes the reader on a blistering tour of her life since her first memoir, Biting the Big Apple. Vendramini's talent at laying herself bare in public is strangely mesmerising, largely thanks to her self-deprecating sense of humour and sass."—The Sunday Telegraph

"What a story! This fast-paced read takes us from her quickie New York society wedding to a quickie separation, followed by her madcap overseas adventures. Vendramini is a talented writer and sure is entertaining for her readers."—Cosmopolitan

"Brace yourself for the hilarious follow up to Bella's sensational debut. As you'd expect, it's chock-full of love affairs, madcap adventures, plans gone awry and enough champagne to fill a swimming pool."—Famous

"Vendramini does the out-of-control, booze-soaked memoir well."—Sunday Mail Brisbane

"An enjoyable sequel to Biting the Big Apple. Plenty of distractions emerge to launch her on another roller-coaster of madcap adventures."—Sun Herald


Praise for Biting the Big Apple:

"You can't help but love Bella."—NW

"Quirky, funny, enlightening, it makes you want to grab the world by the collar and shake it!"—Cosmopolitan

"Bella Vendramini (an Aussie version of Carrie Bradshaw) will crack you up with quirky quips on life, love and breaking into the biz."—OK

"Bella Vendramini is a larger-than-life personality who falls so in love with the possibilities of moving to New York to be an actress you can't help but be swept along with her. It's a classic gutter-to-the stars princess adventure."—Sun Herald

"You won't be able to put down this intriguing tale."—Famous

"A fascinating memoir."—The Age

"Vendramini takes the bright lights of New York by storm. A great read."—New Idea

"An edgy, witty true story"—Australian Women's Weekly

"Frank and uncluttered and full of endearing down-under brassy-brash swearing… Vicarious pleasure is to be had, so go on, be tempted to take a bite."—Independent Weekly

"A touching, entertaining and often hilarious account of Bella's loves and losses, successes and adventures in New York, drawing comparisons from reviewers with Carrie Bradshaw."—Perth Vita

www.hachette.com.au

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