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Holly McQueen
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Book Description

22 May 2008

There's an aroma of fresh coffee and warming bagels as gorgeous bestselling novelist Isabel, 27, welcomes us into her sunny apartment, light glinting off the huge Tiffany diamond studs in her ears...

For Isabel Bookbinder, there's no doubt about where she's headed.

Reasons to become a bestselling author:

- Opportunities to swish new Super-hair and captivate the lovely Joe Madison

- Prove to father that Really Am Not a Waster

- Leave column inch-measuring days at the Saturday Mercury behind

Potential setbacks:

- Don't yet have 'Yoko' bag, as carried by arch rival with book deal, Gina D... or honed size eight figure (useful for interviews)

- Hmm. Am also at the centre of a major political sex scandal

- Paparazzi are doorstepping my parents and boring boyfriend Russell

Of course she hasn't yet quite got round to putting pen to paper yet, but Isabel's not one to let a little thing like that stand in her way ...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (22 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099524635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099524632
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'like catching a snippet of gossip in the girls' loos and deciding you want to carry on listening ... As frivolous deckchair certainly does the job'" (Daily Mail)

"The witty world of Isabel Bookbinder hooked me instantly...a warm and captivating debut novel. A great book to read wrapped in your warmest pyjamas, with a cup of hot chocolate on a miserable winter's day" (Yours)

"A marvellously funny debut" (Jilly Coopers)

"I quite fell in love with Isabel. Funny, charming and accident prone, she is the perfect heroine for today" (Penny Vincenzi)

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Isabel Bookbinder is the adorable series character from a bright new star in commercial women's fiction. 'A marvellously funny debut' Jilly Cooper

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and engaging 27 May 2008
I picked this book because it was recommended by Jilly Cooper, and although it's not in the style of her books, it was similar in that it made me laugh out loud. This is a very funny book, and kept me hooked with a fast-moving plot. I took this book away for the Bank Holiday weekend and it was a perfect way to while away an afternoon while it rained - it is light and easy to read and good escapism. Even though the main character's scrapes are a little bit silly at times, I really wanted to know what was going to happen to her. This is a fun, romantic, easy read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 Aug 2008
This book passes the time but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I constantly felt like Holly McQueen was copying Sophie Kinsella and not in a good way. I found Isabel irritating, where Becky Bloomwood is so entertaining. If you want to read about a ditsy girl about town then read the Shopaholic series, don't bother with this rubbish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish 2 Aug 2008
I picked this up because Jilly Cooper recommended it. Jilly you sold us out this time! Little Miss Bookbinder is probably the least appealing lead character in any book I have ever read. If I ever met her I think I would want to smother her with a pillow. Such poor creatures should be put down. An embarrasment to all women. Are there really such lazy selfish dimwits out there? How she managed to catch a decent hard working handsome boyfriend by the end amazes me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The most annoying book ever!! 24 July 2008
I finished the book because I always make myself do that, but it was struggle. I skipped pages at a time and never read any of the irritating letters to various people (I guess this was meant to be in Bridget Jones style, but missed). I still managed to keep up with the plot, if you can call it that. The characters were just not developed, I do think the idea was good but it needed a good writer to develop it.
This just shows you (slightly in line with the plot of the book actually) that if you want a book to sell, copy techniques from various other best selling authors and get Jilly Cooper to promote it on the cover.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing. 10 July 2008
By Sophie
I bought this book as a light read for a summer holiday and could not finish it. I found the heroine, rather than amusing, painful and cringeworthy - her idiocy was anything but endearing.

Her quest for literary stardom, and the lack of work on her part was grating.

I would not waste time and money on this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you want to write a million seller . . . 29 Jun 2008
. . . this book will probably put you off. I did enjoy it though I found Isabel slightly annoying at times. She just never did get down to writing the book - or even attempting to write it. I could see why she behaved how she did because of her relationship with her parents - father especially. Katriona was marvellous - a diva to her fingertips. If you want a book to read on a beach when you're half asleep then this is as good as any, though I do think this author will go on to greater things. The book is well written, even if the plot seemed to sag in the middle. I could imagine it to have been written by Wendy Holden in her early days. If you like her then you'll probably like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such Fun! 10 Jun 2008
By Sophie
I thought this was great, very Shopaholic in style and I loved the scrapes and situations Isable managed to find herself in, although I was tempted to scream at her sometimes too! Very entertaining and I hope it's the beginning of a Becky Bloomwood style series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read 6 Jun 2008
I read this on the tube and found myself laughing out loud. It's witty, engaging and pleasurably addictive, and Holly McQueen has a great ear for dialogue. It was hard not to identify with Isabel as she sits on the train having paranoid fantasies about a fellow passenger. An ideal, light and diverting, summer read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous!
I do hope Holly McQueen set out to make Isabel, and everything that happens to her, downright ridiculous! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Skaty Katie
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor characters!
I read a lot of easy read novels but this one really did annoy me! The main character really was pathetic, and I can't see anyone in real life claiming and aspiring to be a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by MerryVB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality chick lit
The plot of this book revolves around the desire of a young woman to become a writer. Unlike many chick lit books it isn't sloppy and it concentrates mainly on work and... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by Tannie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder
I have to admit, the sheer volume of bad reviews about this book must be so off-putting to those thinking of reading this book. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2010 by Leah Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars It was so bad that I could even finish it!!!
The idea for "The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder" seem really cute and I couldn't wait to get it. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by M. E. Newell
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain bad
I'm guessing that the publishers of this book were shown two or three promising chapters and on the strength of those chapters offered to publish the book, not realizing that the... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2009 by M
1.0 out of 5 stars The Glamorous (double) life of Isabel Bookbinder
I was very disappointed with this book - the main character is stupid beyond belief - I cannot believe that any half intelligent male would fall for her - what is there to like?! Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by juliep64
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I would definitely agree that this book is in the same vein as the 'Shopaholic' series by Sophie Kinsella, though is nowhere near as polished. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2008 by H
2.0 out of 5 stars painful
This was a painful read. The main character was just annoying and silly. I know it wasn't supposed to be an intellectual book, but come on Holly what the heck were you thinking -... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2008 by Ernie the cat
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad I felt obliged to write a review!
This is the first book I've ever taken on holiday.... and not brought home (I like to keep all my books). Read more
Published on 16 July 2008 by Gill M
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