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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755342607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755342600
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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'Fizzing, fun and ruthlessly mickey-taking...this is a rom-com with serious attitude' ( Daily Mail )

'Wendy Holden is slyly funny on the foibles of auctioneers, collectors and arrivisties, and absurdly inventive when it comes to capturing the decadent trappings of the art party scene' (Marie Claire)

'This is an author guaranteed to lift your spirits' (Grazia)

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'Thank God for Wendy Holden. Beautiful People is exactly what a girl needs' Daily Mail

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By emmathorpe on 2 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've read all of Wendy Holden's books and loved them all except a couple, School for husbands and wives of bath. To sum up what I think of Holden I 'd say when she is good she is great, when she is bad she is really bad, so bad I don't finish the book. Unfortunately the later was true of Gallery Girl. The first chapter was excellent! Hilarious, well written and leaves you believing your in for a real treat with this book. Then the following 10 chapters were just dull and boring! Like she had made no effort at all.

There was nothing to make you want to move on to the next chapter, just really dull ending's to each, where basically nothing really happens of any interest. There were paragraphs that to me were so pointless, was left thinking 'reading that snippet of useless information was a waste of my life'.

I think the problem lies in the dull characters that are introduced from Chapter 2-11. And a predictable, tedious storyline that is not worthy of 10 chapters! By Chapter 12 I put the book down and went in search of something better to read.

Fingers crossed Holden's next offering will be back up to her usual high standard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ashley70 on 10 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Like the other reviewers I have also read all of Wendy's books and definately put her in my top 5 of favourite authors.
But this book was a chore to read, with the exception of the first chapter it was an effort to get the book finished.
Whilst working through the book I was waiting for the story line to happen that was printed on the back of the book - but even that didn't happen.
This is not Wendy at her best.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2010
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I feel so disappointed with this book. I have read each and every one of Wendy Holden's books and either love them or really don't like them which can be quite frustrating. I have never read an author where my opinion sways so much between books. This book was no different. Her last book entitled Beautiful People I really enjoyed and was again looking forward to her next one.

First off all of her books are pretty hefty reads with this one being no different at 496 pages. This is great if the story warrants it but in the past I have felt that a couple of her books have been that little bit too lengthy. This book definitely fell into this category. Wendy Holden manages to always create characters with warmth and humour which to a degree she did with this book. However there were too many characters. Yes the story brings them all together but some of the characters and the plots that were strung through the book just seemed a little pointless. The main character appeared to be Beth and admittedly she was written well but her boyfriend, friends and other plots that ran alongside her seemed to be...well...put there to fill space. There were so many characters aside from Beth but there was never enough time to really connect with any of them as you jumped from character to another to keep the plot going. Some of the characters are the type you see in a Teen movie and were too over the top for my liking.

The other characters either seemed completely unbelievable or like they just had no personality (Marie being one of those characters). Zeb Spaw was quite good but there is a sudden character change literally overnight that kind of ruins the image we first get of him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sammie on 19 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Wendy Holden, again brings a reader into the world of snobbery, normality, and how love conquers all, I have read all her books, and enjoy each one, for their light hearted outlook on life, this current book was an easy read and abit of light humour.x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By justine on 16 Jun. 2011
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i have read all of wendy holden's books and loved them... but this one is so disappointing and boring i just can not read it.
I found the characters dull and irritating and after 4 chapters, i just gave up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kes on 16 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I normally like books by Wendy Holden but this one is dreadful. It doesn't work as a comical or satirical look at the contemporary art world but seems to display the sort of ignorant prejudice against conceptual art usually associated with people who say 'I don't know anything about art but I know what I like'. The setting for the street of galleries representing this type of conceptual art seems to be Central London (Cork Street?) but art galleries in central London are relatively conservative and this sort of street is far more likely to be found in East London (Viner Street). I have been involved in the art world for quite a long time and nothing about this book rings true. I could forgive all this if the book was engaging or funny (as was Beautiful People) but it is simply a trite fairy tale. Rubbish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joondipoop on 2 Mar. 2011
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There is a reason why writers are supposed to write about topics which are drawn from their own experience.
This book promised to be a fun tale, set in the provocative world of art. What it turned out to be was a soapbox for a writer who evidently has little to no knowledge of the workings of the art world, to deride what is contemporary art practice.
The characters were one-dimensional and wholly unbelievable, and even if the so called insights into the industry were supposed to be tongue in cheek, the story was so ridiculously far fetched, it might as well have been set on a far off planet.

It's unfortunate that the author chose to keep banging drum that all contemporary artwork is ridiculous - make a joke a couple of times sure, but after that it becomes boring. I was particularly disappointed when one of the main characters realized the 'sham' that characterized their contemporary installation work, and instead reverted to life drawing in order to 'find themselves'!!!

Really the book is laughably luddite in its approach - it will however appeal to you if you are one of those people who when faced with an abstract painting declare 'I could do better than that!'
For anyone looking for a more scintillating read about a crazy industry, look elsewhere.
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