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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141019611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141019611
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last we've found her, the female Seinfeld. Warm, witty, wise and well-dressed, Alderson is the haute couture of humour." (Kathy Lette)

"Stella writes about luxury for a London newspaper and enjoys the perks of the job. When she meets Jay at a designer opening on the Cote d'Azur, her life is turned upside down. Stella is the level-headed first-born daughter of a famous architect who is on his sixth wife and umpteenth child, so she's cautious around men. Nicky Talacko juggles accents, from British to Australian, from Boston to Greek, as Stella and her half-siblings enjoy the crazy life of their patched-together family. Talacko also adds spirit and intrigue to the dangerous world of celebrity reporting. This production is sure to entice lovers of chick lit to listen to every lovely syllable." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A high-fashion, jet-setting novel from the bestselling author of Mad About the Boy. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Brewer on 2 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Maggie Alderson's work ever since she started writing her 'style notes' column in Australia's Sydney Morning Herald - columns about her life and fashion escapades, not unlike her novels which I think are sometimes loosely based on her own experiences! I still check in on her weekly columns on the smh website! I was thrilled when she started writing novels and have read them all - including the latest addition to her collection. I think of all her heroines so far, Stella has been my favourite and the added details of her family life and home give her character more depth. As Maggie has been a fashion writer and magazine editor throughout her career, the detail and intricacies of Stella's clothes and party venues give her books more credibility than many chick lit books on the market. Alderson's writing always makes me feel like I know her characters as friends and the best part about her books is that delicious feeling of part regret that it's over!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Katie Lewis-mayston on 12 Sept. 2006
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Brilliant.

The book keeps you wanting to know moe through out the entire read. It's not until the last chapter that you actually find out how it's going to end, so you're kept guessing through out the whole book. It's funny, romantic, sad and dramatic all at the same time. You become very passionate about the characters that you love and passionate about how much you hate the bad ones. I cried at the end. I just thought it was brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chick Lit World on 17 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book and thought there could have been more substance behind the characters. While it was an easy read. I've read other books by Maggie and I loved that this book was about the world of media and fashion. The crazy family was a cool aspect, however I felt that Maggie and Jays' relationship was a bit predictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 5 July 2008
Format: Paperback
Chick-lit with a drop or two of intelligence is how I would generally describe MA's novels and 'Cents and Sensibility' follows this theme nicely. The mega-rich, the nouveau riche and the almost-aristocracy are thrown together with celebrity, glamour and success in what is essentially a romantic romp. Can the huge chasm between the mega-rich (Jay) and the little-bit-rich (Stella) ever be overcome in order to live happily ever after?

I liked the plot and the central characters are three dimensional, likeable and well developed and the page-turning pace of the story is addictive.
Unfortunately MA let herself down ever so slightly by falling back on a failsafe cliche to end the book, but she is an excellent writer and this slight wobble makes it no less readable. As I say, it's perfect beach fodder...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evie Nash on 22 Aug. 2006
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This book is absolutely fantastic from the first page you are thrust into the world of media and fashion and really want to learn more about the main character, Stella fain and her crazy family life as well as her several love interests. It's the first book i have read by Maggie Alderton, and i now need to read them all, it only took me a day and a half to read as i hung from every word and wanted to be stella myself including having the lovely but sometimes arrogant Jay as my Partner. when reading this you will forget about reality it's the perfect chick read and is a lot like Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic Series, but in a different style focusing more on family and background than just the main character.
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By Lindymck on 28 Mar. 2009
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this the second book that i have read by maggie alderson and i lovd this one even more than the first. stella has a weird extended family so doesnt realy want the whole happily ever after fantsay that most woman have. but somethhing changes when she meets jay in france. jay is billionaire but stella has no clue (love it!!!) but does having money make life and love any easier, well not really for stella and jay. all through this stella is having work issues as she works for a national braodsheet newspaper doing what is called fluff about luxury stuff. great characters again and this time i got into the story right from the beginning. everybody must read this!!!!!
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By N. Barton on 22 July 2009
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This was my first book by this author which i picked up at a small airport shop. I found myself on chapter 5 by the time I had landed after my hour flight. I could not put this down. I have recommended this book to many and my copy of this book is now slightly battered after having lent it out to so many friends!! Brilliant read!!
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