Camilla Thurlow

Camilla Thurlow – Not The Type

Finding my place in the Real World

Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date
Sunday 30 August

This could not be a more apt title. Camilla competed in Love Island in 2017, coming second, and now she has set up home with Jamie Jewitt, whom she met on the show.

One of the last things one might associate with this lifestyle is an ability to find and blow up landmines in the conflict zones of the world. But that is exactly what Camilla has done – amongst much else that goes against type.

Her new book combines memoir and meditation, advice and example on how to survive in a world where women are often categorised and marginalised.  Camilla also writes from the inside about celebrity culture and its pressures. But before she ever went anywhere near Love Island, Camilla was living in Edinburgh, seeking some purpose in life. She decided to join the Halo Trust, an organisation dedicated to clearing mines and helping countries recover. For four years she worked in Azerbaijan, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Georgia and Afghanistan. Then she took part in Love Island, an ‘experience that scared me more than explosive ordnance disposal’.

Camilla is a fascinating person, and this memoir and meditation is a remarkable book.

Camilla talks to Vanessa Collingridge.

photo credit: Alexandra Cameron

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