Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Screenwriter and bestselling author of 'The Honourable Thief', 'The Water Diviner', and 'The Pacific: In the Footsteps of Captain Cook.'

So, amongst other attributes, I’d describe myself as moderately intelligent, a fierce advocate for women’s rights, a reader of fine literature, and a writer. So how is it that this steaming pile is my reading material of choice in the hair salon?

Believe me, there’s no shortage of high-brow reading material here. But my hairdresser knows me well enough that when I turn up for my appointment every two months or so, this is what she has waiting for me at my chair. Yes. @nwmag @whomagazine.

I’ve spent long enough working in the smoke and mirror-lined maze that is the entertainment industry to know that the ‘gossip’ published in these rags is publicist-generated fodder. Read it with gaze locked permanently in side-eye scepticism.

Sure, I can justify it to myself with the thought that I spend every other minute of the day wrestling with serious words. So, for me, this is the equivalent of brain candy 🧠 🍬 .

But, still. My dirty little secret.


Should I be ashamed?

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