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Rosie Thomas
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3 July 2003

In London, on the brink of the Sixties, two runaways plunge into the whirl of Soho nightlife.

Mattie faces the hard slog of repertory companies and a sleazy strip-club in search of fame as an actress. But, when it comes, stardom is not enough, and the love that Mattie desires seems to elude her.

Julia choose marriage and Ladyhill, a beautiful Dorset manor house. Then, after the tragedy, she realises that to achieve true independence she will have to risk her marriage and her child.

Though each has to make her own choices, their friendship - despite the guilt and betrayal - endures over three turbulent decades.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099462451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099462453
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bad Girls, Good Women is one of five fantastic Rosie Thomas backlist titles newly repackaged into B format in Arrow with a great new look

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Rosie Thomas writes for magazines and newspapers as well as her fiction. When not writing she spends her time travelling and mountaineering. In 1997 she competed in the Peking to Paris Motor Rally, and she has climbed Mont Blanc as well as travelling to Everest and the Antartic.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars glumps 10 Jun 2011
What a wonderful story, I have just finished reading this book. I found the story of these two girls fascinating and I couldn't put the book down and cried a lot as well. Immediately, you get into the story and become involved with the lives of all the characters. Rosie Thomas is a wonderful story teller, I shall certainly be reading more of her books in the future. This is a "must read" book.
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I loved this book! I was enjoying it so much I didn't want to finish it, but I couldn't put it down either! All the characters in this book are real,colourful and likeable! Everyone will relate to this book in some way. It is a story of love and friendship, and the happiness and heartache of growing up and coming to terms with yourself, even if you don't always like what you are! A really good book to escape into!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Warm, Undemanding and Involving Read 30 Dec 2012
Set mostly in England and, later in the story, in Italy, 'Bad Girls, Good Women' begins during a New Year's Eve party at the end of 1959, when a dramatic fire rampages through an old country house, which has quite devastating consequences - not just for the main protagonist of the story, Julia, but for many of those close to her. The story then moves back in time a few years, when a sixteen-year-old Julia and her friend, Mattie, run away to London, when Mattie can no longer bear her drunken father's sexual advances. After sleeping in an alleyway in Soho when their money runs out, Julia and Mattie meet and are befriended by Felix, a young, gay art student and his ailing alcoholic mother, Jessie. Julia and Mattie move in to Jessie's and Felix's rather cramped flat, and it is here that they all rub along together enjoying a hectic life, during which time Mattie dreams of becoming an actress, and the beautiful Julia learns from Felix how to dress stylishly, before falling in love with, and having her heart broken by, the very attractive American aviator, Josh.

Julia then meets the quiet and reliable (Sir) Alexander Bliss, whose family seat is Ladyhill, a beautiful, old mansion with mullioned windows, oak panelled walls and a long gallery. When Alexander proposes marriage, Julia, who has become very fond of Alexander, accepts his proposal and, deciding to put her love for Josh behind her, she tries hard to become the loving wife that Alexander deserves. However, when in the early hours of New Year's Day 1960, Ladyhill is severely damaged by a fire, caused by Julia's insistence on real candles for their Christmas tree, and one of her old friends dies in the flames, Julia finds it impossible to put the tragic event behind her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner!! 20 July 2012
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I love, love, love this book! I got torn into the story from the very first page and I just wanted it to go on and on. The characters are very realistic and likeable; and once again Rosie Thomas proves to be a wonderful storyteller...reading her books just feels like being there and then. I'd recommend this book anytime!!!
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