Shop now Shop now Shop Clothing clo_fly_aw15_NA_shoes Shop All Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop Amazon Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Shop Kindle Voyage Shop Now Shop now
Fame Fatale and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£1.86
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Fame Fatale Paperback – 24 Jun 2002

22 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, 24 Jun 2002
£3.00 £0.01
Audio Cassette
"Please retry"

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Save £20 on Amazon.co.uk with the aqua Classic card. Get an initial credit line of £250-£1,200 and build your credit rating. Representative 32.9% APR (variable). Subject to term and conditions. Learn more.



Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747266158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747266150
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,819,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children.

Product Description

Amazon Review

With a wry nod to her own nomination for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award, Wendy Holden's third novel, Fame Fatale, explores what happens when the literati and the glitterati become entangled. Grace Armiger works for Hatto and Hatto, a crumbly old publisher who produce "books that no one reads" by "obscure and unsuccessful authors". When not tripping over Louis de Bernières at literary parties (something of an occupational hazard for all of the bookish types in this novel), Grace tries "interesting uninterested journalists" in Hatto's wares, usually with little success. If her professional life is a mess then her personal life is (surprise, surprise) even worse. Her ardent Marxist boyfriend Sion, the author of the catchily entitled thesis "Why New Labour are Bastards", is not above discarding his principles and his underpants to further his career. A fling with Hatto author Henry Moon, after one too many glasses of Pinot Grigio (Chardonnay is obviously passé in literary circles these days), leaves Grace feeling confused. Her best friend Ellie and diplomat mother, Lady Armiger, are not short of dating advice but her cleaner Maria (who may have just discovered the next Harry Potter) appears to be casting a very bizarre spell on her love life.

Add Champagne D'Vyne, Holden¹s stock vacuous socialite (this time she's gone spiritual); Belinda Black, a big-breasted, leather-skirted, tabloid hack; and Red Campion, an oh-so-sensitive (but possibly sex-addicted) movie star and wannabe writer and an array of familiar comic set pieces are in motion. Fans will delight in (and detractors will still hate) the bad puns, bad sex, slim plotting and an ending that is, without giving too much a way, pure Mills and Boon. Holden is never going to be Evelyn Waugh but there's enough satirical bite to this frothy celebrity romp to make it stand out from the crowd.--Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

A hilarious touching romp through stardom, sex and addiction to celebrity. --Cosmopolitan

wicked wit... totaly fun --mirror

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "sarahhones" on 2 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Having read all Wendy Holdens books, i couldnt wait for this one to come out.
Champagne is back with some other characters as well, but unfortunately this storyline doesnt seem to have the sparkle of 'simply divine' or 'Bad Heir day'
The so called Heroine of the tale made me want to shake her until her teeth cracked, she was just so blinking wet, I thought she would liven up but in the end she was totally predictable.
I eagerly await her next novel and hopefully the glamour and sparkle will be back, along with Champagne of course...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "npissia" on 6 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I started it in the morning and finished it in the afternoon. Could not put it down. Starts a bit slow but it is well worth reading through. I would definetely recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Seuss on 11 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
I didn't like the characters and the plot was unbelievable. I know I'm not convinced by a book when I find myself imagining the author sitting there writing, and in this case, desparately trying to think up jokes. I just couldn't get into it, even on a long train journey. It made me cross and I just didn't want to read it. So I stopped. I would rather read the free magazines. Or the instructions for the phone. Or the ingredients in my sandwich.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DebzM on 11 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
Liked the story line but hated the main character and hated Henry Moon, what saved this book was the fabulous Champagne D'Vyne, who, while u want to slap her, is hysterical
Worth a read
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Wilf on 17 July 2012
Format: Paperback
i borrowed this as an audiobook from the library, to listen to while driving. i didn't find the characters at all interesting, especially the unpleasant belinda, and i didn't care what happened to them.

i was about halfway through listening to this story, and finding it quite tedious, when i happened to be driving past the library, and just stopped and took the audiobook back in.

i don't mind a book having a slow start, but by half way through it should have captured my interest a bit and this one didn't. i have no hesitation in not recommending this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
As my favourite author i have read all of her books and own them even, but this time with Fame Fatale (yet another brilliant pun) i have found that the plot is taking a long time to come in to play. I am a two thirds of the way through the book and the two main characters Grace and Belinda still have no collided as the summary tells us so. Even though, it is an addictive, funny, witty book. Wendy Holden shows her experience with PR's through this, in her case her PR are doing a good job! A good read but a bit slow.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Friendly Face on 6 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
You feel you know the characters - you may hate them or you may love them but you'll never feel indifference. This book is really a very very funny read. It's not too challenging that you can't enjoy it in bed or in the bath yet it is not so mindless that you'd be ashamed to show it on the train! The plot is not predictable although every thing seems to turn out just as it should. Buy it, it'll be money well spent.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Mandy on 8 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Although is wasn't my favourite of Holden's books, it is definitly worth reading. It follows Belinda and Grace, whose lives become interconnected. Belinda is searching for fame and fortune and Grace is just trying to do her job.
Although it was quite predictable, I did keep going back to it because I wanted to see how it panned out.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category


Feedback