It might not have happened precisely that way...
Fresh out of rehab, badly behaved diva Augusta Price has one last chance to turn her life around. Her memoir, Based on a True Story, has become an unlikely hit, and she's going to use that fame to start afresh. But Augusta is her own worst enemy.
Augusta discovers that her former lover is planning a tell-all book of his own. Enraged - and concerned that perhaps her version of events may not have been the most accurate - Augusta decides to ensure that her story is the only one that will see the light of day.
Aided and abetted by Frances, her newly employed ghostwriter, Augusta finds her way back to California, and to her lost love. It's time to face up to her past: something that will be the making - or breaking - of Augusta Price.
Hilarious, honest, and unforgettable, Augusta will find her way into your heart - and steal it, and all your vodka.
Augusta Price is a pill-popping middle-aged has-been with a boozy diva's primal thirst for drama. With her life and TV career in shambles, she's more prone than usual to go off the rails. Elsewhere in London is Frances Bleeker, a shy Californian whose journalism career in the British capital has recently tanked. Fortunately, her newspaper interview with Augusta leads to a gig ghost writing the actress's tell-all memoir and a bumpy trip to L.A. where figures from both women's pasts lurk. From the opening sentence of her debut ("It was not the first time she'd been asked to leave a clinic"), newspaper columnist Renzetti strives to signal a lightweight but outrageous comedy, somewhere between the Stoli-fuelled antics of the BBC's Absolutely Fabulous and the caustic black wit of Edward St. Aubyn. It's hit and miss; shopworn ridicule of Californians, a series of slurred drunken scenes, and pratfalls ensue. The story has an out-of-place redemption arc, and the sentimentality tends to domesticate and declaw what would have been a scandalous premise. Peppered liberally with zingers courtesy of Augusta, the result is a comedy that's sporadically funny, but no more edgy than a television sitcom on a major network.