Read Camera Girl!
It’s easy to get lost in Camera Girl. The autobiographical account of Doreen Spooner, Fleet Street’s first and finest woman photographer, begins exactly where you don’t expect: the doorway of a ladies’ loo in a London pub. Now caught off-kilter, you find yourself in the heart of something familiar to everyone with their finger on the pulse of the Swinging Sixties and its scandals – the Profumo Affair. Doreen is, of course, secretly taking a picture of Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies, the two most talked-about women in the world for their role in the national scandal. Despite being chased off by the pub’s landlord, Spooner scooped the scoop, beating every male journalist within a half-mile radius of the pub’s door to the punch. What follows is a career unlike any other. Packed with heartaches and humour, Camera Girl is the story of a Fleet Street legend who often finds herself in incredible situations, a woman who would stand on the frontlines of history, taking unforgettable pictures of everyone from striking miners to Hollywood stars. An inspirational, refreshing read.
Recommendation from Kirtey Verma, Volunteer