Advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer - Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would've done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once. A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield. As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his creative talents on a wider stage. Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth's great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free! Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, she moved from London to the Isle of Wight where she lives on cream teas with her beloved husband, daughter and two cats. www.joan-ellis.com Ventnor Fringe Show Review :'I am Ella. Buy me.' First published in Fringe Review, 15 August 2014. Words: Natasha Pesky She's a Lady Fans of Mad Men would have been enthralled by former advertising copywriter Joan Ellis' reading of her new novel:I am Ella. Buy me, at the Ventnor Fringe. Joan's new novel is a romantic comedy based on her experiences working in the male dominated advertising industry in the eighties. She brings extracts of the novel to life, especially the voice of Ella's sleazy boss Peter Richards, in a way which makes it clear that her characters have a strong basis in truth. Extracts were interspersed with anecdotes from Joan's days in Adland during which she met and worked with the likes of Felicity Kendall and Jennifer Saunders, wrote letters on behalf of a dog and just missed out on a cab ride with Neil Morrissey. Joan's observations and witty but relatable narrative will no doubt have her audience rushing to update their Kindles or else applying for jobs in advertising. Customer Reviews I am Ella. Buy me. 4 Reviews 5 star: Average Customer Review 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews) 5.0 out of 5 stars This gem of a book is easy to read because the author has put a great ..., 27 July 2014 By PAUL BURKE This review is from: I am Ella. Buy me. (Kindle Edition) There's an old saying: "Easy reading, hard writing". This gem of a book is easy to read because the author has put a great deal of time and talent into making it so. Page-turning narrative, lovely dialogue and a smart, fragile and prroperly human central character. This book is like real life; funny, sad and wise and true. She's Ella, buy her. 5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 Aug 2014 By A Customer This review is from: I am Ella. Buy me. (Kindle Edition) I loved the book. Very witty and well written. The characters are distinctive and it's given me an insight into the world of copywriting and what it would have been like for career women in the 80's. This is a brilliant first novel and I look forward to reading more of Joan Ellis's books when they are released. 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book with its witty and insightful portrayal of ..., 13 Aug 2014 By Ellen Northants This review is from: I am Ella. Buy me. (Kindle Edition) Loved this book with its witty and insightful portrayal of the advertising industry of the 80's. Good characterisation and a very effective description of the insidious nature of the development of an abusive relationship. Couldn't put it down and would like to read more about Ella. 5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Aug 2014 By Mr P Chrysostomou This review is from: I am Ella. Buy me. (Kindle Edition) Couldn't put it down. Hilarious! The Kindle Book Review by Carol Piner Joan Ellis' "I Am Ella, Buy Me" reads like the life a lot of us have lived and some of us have yet to live. By that, I mean our so-called professional lives. The life that feeds us, runs our cars and pays our mortgages. Yes, that one. The one that drives us near insane or it would if the people that pepper our professional lives don't first. Ellis' book reads like it could have been her diary encompassing all the messes of every day life. All the jerks we all have to deal with. Assuming we aren't the jerks, that is. I recognized every single personality that she dealt with and you will too. Some of them we'd love to kiss, some we'd love to smack and yes, some we fantasize over but never do anything about. Ella is in Advertising and is surrounded by Peter, her boss who thinks she owes him quickies or longies or whatevers. He is a downright snake. Sweet Wally, the caretaker who is always there for her when she needs him. The new kid on the block, Chloe, who takes Peter off her hands, as well as her desk and office. David doesn't know how good he is. Jill who becomes better than she was and there's Adam who was always there to feed her a sweet or two when she's down. The rocker, Tom, who makes her feel beautiful and then, well, not quite so much. They are all there. We recognize them and all the others that make up Ella's life. I liked "I Am Ella, Buy Me". I recommend it highly if you want to read about someone's life is very similar to your own; just so you don't feel alone.Read more Read less
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