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Louise Bagshawe
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12 July 2007

'A classic of the genre' Daily Express The first novel from bestselling author LOUISE BAGSHAWE, with her unique brand of glitz and glamour.

Blonde, beautiful, upper-class Rowena Gordon is the perfect English rose. Topaz Rossi is a feisty, Italian-American red-head from Brooklyn. Both are determined and talented. And there's nothing they wouldn't do for each other. Until Rowena hooks up with Topaz's boyfriend.

Now, years later, they are star career girls at the top of their game; Topaz in journalism, Rowena in the music industry. When their paths cross again, Topaz is not about to just forgive and forget. She'll do everything in her power to shatter Rowena's success. And Rowena will do anything to stop her...


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (12 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755340493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755340491
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top Ten bestseller Louise Bagshawe attended local Catholic schools near her family home in London, before going to Oxford University in 1989. After graduating with a degree in Anglo Saxon and Norse, Louise worked as press officer with EMI records and then as a marketing official with Sony Music. On her 22nd birthday, Louise's passion for writing was realised with a major publishing deal.
She is the author of fourteen novels, published in more than eight languages, most recently the massive Sunday Times bestsellers Passion and Glitz.
She lives in Northamptonshire with her family and has been the Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northants since November 2006.

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Top Ten bestseller Louise Bagshawe is the author of fifteen novels, published in more than eight languages, including the massive bestseller DESIRE. A mother of three, she lives in Northamptonshire and is the Member of Parliament for Corby, under the name Louise Mensch.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivating and Enjoyable! 10 July 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was another who received this book free from a magazine and thought it was so good that I had to rush out and buy her other books. Whenever I feel down, particularly round about my exams I read this book as it motivates me to do well telling the tale of two females who struggle to the top of their careers. I loved reading about Topaz more than Rowana(who seemed to get everyone else to do her work for her even though she took all the praise for it), however it was annoying that they looked perfect as it then made me wonder, would they have made it to the top if they weren't so good looking?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enough Said!! 26 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To be quite honest I am not a fanatic reader of romantic novels. However this book completely changed my outlook of them altogether.
The fabulously crafted characters Bagshawe has created really do bring the whole novel to life, as a reader it is almost impossible to believe that these people don't actually exist.
The plot itself unfolds with such precision that the idea of 'rivals for life' just seems so scary to think about. It is absolutely crammed with twists and turns that do quite honestly defy the imagination. The sheer way it was written just had me engrosed for hours, I found it impossible to put down!
Even for the not so romantic people around, a book like this is sometimes hard to find, I throughly enjoyed 'Career Girls' and would, without doubt, reccommend it to anyone! A fantastic read! Enough said!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As you will have guessed from the title, cover and blurb, 'Career Girls' is hardly setting out to be great literature but it is very good fun!
The plot centres around Topaz Rossi and Rowena Gordon, both beautiful, strong, ambitious women. They have very different backgrounds (a point that was dwelled on a bit much, I thought. We don't need to hear about Rowena's aristocratic roots in every chapter!) but became friends when they were studying at Oxford. All is well but then (surprise, surprise!) a man gets in the way! The girls go from best friends to bitter enemies in a matter of minutes and this rivalry stays with them throughout their careers. The convoluted plot makes for plenty of bitchiness between the girls, and the industries they work in (journalism and music) add a dose of glamour to the story.
As alot of other reviewers have mentioned the sex scenes were the book's worst feature. They were repetative, gratuitous and made the supposedly strong, independant women slaves out to be slaves to their lust and the men in the book!
Another negative point was how far fetched some of the plot was, I'm all for escapism but some of he scenes were so cheesy and unbelievable they seemed straight out og a Hollywood blockbuster!
Despite these criticisms, I can't deny that Ms Bagshawe can certainly tell a story in a pacy and enjoyable way! So if you don't mind lots of sex scenes that do nothing to move the plot along, this might be the perfect beach read for you!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My ultimate book!! 30 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love this book and have read it an uncountable amount of times. The determination of the two lead characters and their sexy and powerful lovers are my dream scenario of what i want in life. It has spurned me onto following my dream of journalism.
Unfortunately, some of my friends do not share the same view on this book and find it cheesy, unrealistic and the sex scenes humorous. However, I cannot find any criticisms of this book and recommend it to anyone who idolise succesfull, powerful women. A great 'trashy' novel. Definately the best one of Bagshaw's career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sexy - a feel-good novel! 13 Nov 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoy light entertainment then this is the book for you. Bagshawe's style is funny, entertaining and very sexual...! Of course the whole story is not very realistic, but it is nice just to imagine how it could be - and the two girls lead two very exciting lifes!!!
Attention: This book might even give you some useful ideas on how to boost up your sex-life, you never know!?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing, but maybe yours? 6 Mar 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
There was much that annoyed me about this book - starting off with the premise. The incident that provides the foundation for the entire book (two best friends from different worlds, the snooty rich English girl steals the snooty rich English boyfriend of the scrappy poor American girl, the poor girl finds them together and ruins the student government career of the rich girl, a vendetta between the two begins) is so full of credibility holes - well, the Swiss cheese clichés just want to roll off my keyboard. We're supposed to believe that two women, who could rise to the very top of killer professions before they are 30, would even care about this kind of thing, especially over a guy who apparently was just a tiny blip on the radar screen of their sex lives? That's another annoyance - the role that sex plays in the story. I have no problem with frequent sex scenes, but many did seem gratuitous. I was very uncomfortable with the apparent need that both of these women (especially Rowena, the English girl) to be dominated sexually. I believe Bagshawe was using this to illustrate a point, but I didn't find it a successful device - and I was turned off by the idea that these two, despite their alleged talent, intelligence, and drive, still needed to sleep with "strategic" (career-wise) men. Topaz (the American) comes off as a more rounded character, I found I understood and sympathized with her and "liked" her more (perhaps that's because I am American?) I never really bought Rowena's passion for hard rock - had a hard time picturing it. I was also far from convinced that she'd found her "happy ending" at the end of the book, although we're led to believe she does. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Bagshaw on my first read
This sounded promising and indeed the characters/plot got me hooked. But after enjoying the first six chapters things changed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I really enjoyed the book, easy to read but full of twists and turns. I would definitely recommend reading, I couldn't put it down.
Published 3 months ago by K Scho
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story which should have been great
I've always enjoyed Louise Bagshawe's books very much despite the designer name dropping and again this was a great storyline. Read more
Published 3 months ago by macbem
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Riveting - couldn't put it down ! Attention to detail was mesmerising, a lot of research gone into detail. I really didn't think girls could be so tough but liked it anyway !
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Gasson
2.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again
Yet another bonkbuster! We already have the tip tilted boobs and the cute asses and I'm only on page six. Read more
Published on 20 July 2012 by Savana
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but smutty
I'd read a couple of Louise Bagshawe's books before, so ordered this one. The story is good - along the lines of her other books - always seem to be about gorgeous, successful... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by M. Adcock
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!
This is my third Louise Bagshawe book in a week "Desire" got me hooked and I have been reading them ever since. This is a great read and I really enjoyed it! Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by N. Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Career Girls
Louise Bagshawe's earlier books (of which this is one) all tend to follow a similar formula - a story of a freindship/rivalry between two young women; one a blonde upper-class... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by princesspeach
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
This was my first Louise Bagshawe book, I picked it up in a charity shop because I liked the cover & needed reading for a long car journey... Read more
Published on 10 May 2010 by Bamba
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, just dreadful
This is the only book which I have ever thrown in the bin upon completion. It just seemed to alternate between sex scenes and lists of designer outfits the girls were wearing. Read more
Published on 3 April 2009 by Book Worm
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