History is filled with stories of the famous crashing to earth, whether through an ill-judged statement, an overweening arrogance, a lust for power or money, or simply a stroke of bad luck. Today, more than ever, the world of the successful is littered with banana skins lying in wait for the unwary, as film stars, politicians, soldiers, scientists, business tycoons, royalty, criminals, sports idols and others make that fatal decision, gaffe or slip.
Among the 200 or so figures included in Banana Skins: The Secrets of The Slips and Screw-ups that Brought the Famous Down to Earth are Al Capone, John Lennon, Charles Stewart Parnell, Paris Hilton, Martha Stewart, Boris Becker, George Best, Oscar Wilde, Bill Clinton, Fergie , Jonathan Aitken, Guy Fawkes, Jane Fonda, Chairman Mao, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Stradivarius, Nick Leeson, Lord Elgin, Bernie Cornfeld, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, Imelda Marcos and Sven Goran Eriksson.
About the Author
Donough is the son of Toby O'Brien, PR Guru to Winston Churchill. He is one of the O'Briens of Dromoland. During the Swinging 60s, Donough shared a flat with Lord Patrick Lichfield, and launched the club Sibylla's, with George Harrison. His friends included Joanna Lumley, Jacqui Bisset, Charlotte Rampling and Mary Quant.
Donough works in advertising, running the UK arm of New York firm, Spring O'Brien. He has worked with many of Ireland's leading companies. He is also the author of Fringe Benefits and Fame by Chance, both of which have been translated into many foreign editions. Donough lives in London and France with his wife, Liz, also a writer. He has two sons and a step-daughter who are also in media.