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Everything You Ever Wanted [Paperback]

Rosalind Wyllie
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Aug 2008
'I'm every woman they have ever dreamt of. I'll do anything - I'll do things they didn't even know they wanted'. Tiggy's stuck in a rut - trapped in a half-life as a stripper at a Mayfair club, surviving on dope and vodka, and desperate for her married lover to leave his wife. Scarlett is different - she's more confident, stunningly beautiful, and willing to do absolutely anything to get exactly what she wants. Tiggy is intoxicated by the enigmatic Scarlett, following her into an arousing world of sex and excitement. But Scarlett has her own agenda, and she doesn't do anything for free. Sooner or later Tiggy's going to have to pay. Evocatively set in the summer of 1991, 'Everything You Ever Wanted' is a smart and gritty tale of two young women's colourful adventures in a London sex industry where money talks, and boundaries are there to be broken.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tonto Books (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955632633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955632631
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sharp, witty and unnervingly streetwise, Wyllie is a name you're going to hear more of' --Carol Clewlow, Author - A Woman's Guide to Adultery

'A sharp and stunning debut. Taut prose, original voice, visuals that crackle and shock. Wyllie trips the reader into a foreboding world where sex sells and friendships are dubious.' --Caroline Smailes, Author - In Search of Adam

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Evocatively set in the summer of 1991, Everything You Ever Wanted is a smart and gritty tale of two young women's colourful adventures in the London sex industry where money talks and boundaries are there to be brokem.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The year is 1991 and that bloomin' Bryan Adams song is everywhere. Tiggy and Scarlett are working at a Mayfair hostess club. They have very different reasons and very different motivations for being there, but when their paths cross, the results are unexpected for both of them.

I could not put this book down. The story races along from the first page, pulling the reader breathlessly with it. I zipped through the book in a couple of days and when I finished I wished I could start again. Be warned - try not to start when you have something urgent you need to be doing!

This may be Rosalind Wyllie's first novel, but she is good. Very good. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, witty, funny and very moving. 13 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed it very much. It is fast paced, with very rich and vivid images that conjure up the two main characters' sharply contrasting universes as they come together and collide with shattering consequences while each of them tries to make sense and deal with an apparently loveless world. Very good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally amazing first novel 29 Nov 2008
By Martin Turner HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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For a first novel, this is pretty amazing stuff. But it's not about what you might think it is if you read the publisher's blurb, and it gets very gritty and nasty before it all finally resolves.

On the surface, this is a book about two girls on the softish end of the London sex industry. But that's just the context, and, after some moderately graphic opening stuff, Everything You Ever Wanted settles down to not being about that at all.

Fundamentally, it's an exploration of self-obsession and self-deception. One of the characters appears to wake up to who she really is earlier than the other, but this is a book which turns and turns about not only in its plot, but also in character self-awareness.

What lifts this book from the mundane run of gritty first novels is some brilliant word-work which comes out not in evocative description, but in acres of punchy, exciting dialogue, retold by one character or by the other. There isn't a word in this book which is out of place, and there isn't a moment where the illusion that these are real people in a real world evaporates.

I was determined not to like this book when I started it, and determined not to agree with it on any level. I've now completely changed my mind.

Aside from a very slight slackening off at the end, and the sliver of an over-neat resolution, this is about as good as first novels get.

Good for you, Rosalind Wyllie, this is brutal, but amazing, and great reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of two strippers 22 Jun 2009
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Set in the early 90s, Everything you ever wanted focuses on the relationship between two flatmates, both working at the same strip club and are seemingly living the same life, but the girls have very different personalities and attitudes towards life. Tiggy starts out selfish, naive and insecure, living a shadowy half-life between her married lover, her vodka bottle, her friendship with Dan the pianist, monthly lunches with her father (who thinks she works as a waitress) and her job as a stripper. Scarlett on the other hand is confident, cynical and worldly-wise, and when Scarlett moves into Tiggy's flat and into her life we see the stark contrast between the two and get to watch and see which, if either of them gets what they deserve.

The book is narrated in the first person and alternates between the two girls, and Wyllie's writing style is assured and accessible. I quickly found myself despising Tiggy's complacent and privileged attitude, and found Scarlett much more fun and worth rooting for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and dark 8 Dec 2008
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
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This looks like a chick-lit book, yet don't be deceived. The content is atypical; broken relationships, lost love, floundering love, difficult parents, boobs, the way of Men... The scenario that these ingredients are stirred in to are what makes this title fresh - the main two characters are a dancer (stripper) and a hostess (prostitute). Not only does that add spice to the proceedings, but there is a dark tone with appears mid-point and is critical to the story; this is not just a romance book. The ending however is not atypical and it detracts from the experience, failing to deliver the expected closure. Some readers will find that fresh, whereas I found it unsatisfying. A good read none-the-less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot 20 Mar 2009
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This and sizzling little number is a fantastic read with all the twists and turns you need from a curl-up-on-the-sofa book. The characters are well-created, and there are more than enough steamy moments to get your imagination running away with you. A good woman's book, with its fair share of risque moments, topped off with some serious turns, and characters which you can't help but relate too. Phenominally good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Debut 17 July 2008
Format:Paperback
Tiggy is treading water in a life she doesn't want. Scarlett is ruthlessly focused on achieving her goals and has little time for anyone who dithers. Two very different characters, drawn together in the underbelly of the London sex industry. Will either of them get everything they ever wanted?

Wyllie's novel is a sharp and self-assured debut. Psychologically astute, `Everything You Ever Wanted' is a meditation on the passage from childhood to adulthood. Wyllie is in complete control of her subject matter and writes in skilful, unpretentious prose. The novel crackles along at a fierce pace, leaving the reader breathless and wanting. Will Tiggy create for herself a secure place in the world? Will the wicked Scarlett change her ways once she achieves her ambitions?

'Everything You Ever Wanted' heralds the arrival of a significant new voice in fiction. The memorable characters and settings will live on, long after you've turned the last page.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I want
Although an easy read its a bad one [ why did I waste my time ] . Wyllie uses ever cliche about strippers and gangsters [ like a poor episode of east enders ] ; one girls is a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by cartoon
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, enjoyable, intelligent book
This excellent, enjoyable, intelligent book works because of the way it is written, so do not judge it by its cover or the subject, even if you would not normally seek out a novels... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by Legal Vampire
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage
I'm probably not the worlds authority on chick lit but this one fails on almost all levels. It's not erotic, it's not funny, it's not engaging. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by P. Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay as far as it goes
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the book, it is just that I felt I had read it all before. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2009 by Tim62
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
The 90s references in this book amount to occasionally mentioning Groove Is In The Heart. The two female characters are terrible caricatures with no convincing traits. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2009 by Ted Maul
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
Not a bad read overall but then not exactly the most thrilling. Set in the 90s its the story of 2 call girls who work in the escort business. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2009 by Gogol
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly depressing, though well written tale
Rosalind Wyllie has shown that she has a good talent for writing with this novel. The style is easy to read, the story is easy to follow, the dialogue is realistic. Read more
Published on 16 April 2009 by D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Well, it's not my usual typ of book, and I was teased by my other half for ordering it!

However what arrived was a million miles from a sleazy novel, it was a well... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2009 by Doug
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex and the City for Londoners...
Two girls (think S&TC Samantha and Charlotte) thrown together in London by odd circumstances... this is a coming of age novel under rather different surroundings than the usual. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2009 by C. Robson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting debut but perhaps too far fetched
This is an interesting read but lacking a little substance and believability to rank an extra star or two. Read more
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