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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Second Impession edition (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743285557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743285551
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Howard was born in Malta during WW2 .Her father, an Air Force doctor, specialised in tropical medicine and she had a peripatetic childhood, attending over a dozen schools. Back in Britain she became a photographic model and was on the books of the Lucy Clayton agency in London and Eileen Ford in New York. She is the only model to have been on the cover of American Vogue for two successive months. She began writing novels much later in life, after doing a little freelance journalism. Her first best selling novel was Glass Houses, followed by Ursula's Story, A Matter of Loyalty, and Ex-Wives. Her latest book, Tell the Girl, which draws heavily on personal experiences and is set partly in the Sixties, will be published on 3rd July. Sandra is married, with three adult children and loves writing, reading and travel.

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Less bonkers than Jilly Cooper and more fun than Joanna Trollope...a
welcome addition to the modern women's fiction shelves -- Evening Standard, September 11, 2006

'The parliamentary plot is skilfully and subtly woven'
-- The Spectator 7/10

...a Jilly Cooper heroine who has gone all respectable and somehow
got mixed up in politics. Read it...and enjoy.
-- Sunday Express, September 10, 2006

Diverting first novel from a woman who knows better than most the
whispers and waywardness of Westminster -- Good Housekeeping Magazine, September, 2006

Glass Houses is a page turner...unlike many of her
political-insider fellow writers, Sandra has actually come up with a plot -- Daily Express, September 15, 2006

If the litmus test for a political romance is whether you keep
turning the pages, GLASS HOUSES passes with distinction -- Observer, September 10, 2006

Surprisingly good
-- Daily Mirror, September 15, 2006

This is refreshingly different...Howard weaves the varied strands
of her ingenious plot into a smooth and exciting narrative -- Independent, September 15, 2006

`A lovely first novel - subtly sexy and crammed with fascinating
detail of political high life' -- JILLY COOPER

this paean to middle-flowering lust could be the start of a great
Trollope of a career -- Sunday Telegraph, September 10,2006

About the Author

Sandra Howard has quickly established herself as a highly successful commercial novelist. Married to the former leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard, she was also, in the l960s, one of the UK's leading fashion models. Sandra lives in London and in Kent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roadrunner on 3 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
I was surpised by the poor reviews of this book. I found it a little hard to get into at first, partly because although I found the main character sympathetic her indulgence of her abusive husband is hard to understand and quite frustrating from the outside. However I imagine it is realistic as there must be a reason women who suffer domestic violence often put up with it for a long time - making excuses for their partners and putting off leaving for various reasons. Tbe pace is a bit slow in the first half of the book, possibly because I am now used to reading fast paced blockbusters that you can finish in an hour. But it really picked up in the second half and I twas then glad that it had built up to it. There is some truth in what people have said about the sex scenes, very tame by today's standards, but I don't think graphic scenes would have sat very comfortably with the general tone of the book. I felt the characters had real depth, even the abusive husband, who was protrayed not as an evil monster but as a deeply flawed individual. Probably not worth reading if you have no interest at all in politics but I would recommend it. I am a career woman by the way!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I do admire Sandra Howard for making this effort. The cover is pretty and reminds one of her. Knowing Westminster from the inside must have made Mrs. Howard, or those who encouraged her to write this, feel that she had a rich tale to tell. However I don't suppose the general public are as much interested in the intrigues and affairs that go on around government as inevitably she is. The hypocrisy and inflated self importance shown by the main characters was almost sick. The basic premise of the book being the story of a sordid seeming affair - a sad and sorry story that felt light and unreal. We were supposed to accept that the instant attraction between the Newspaper Editor/TV celebrity and the Minister was enough to spark off the chaos that followed without them even having time to get to know each other. Rushed meetings and instant sex didn't convince. Apart from Victoria's Father who came across well, and the various children, there were just so many characters. This made the book difficult to relax into (surely the aim) - the extras didn't exactly spring to life - all rather hard work. I do hope that decisions such as were being made in the book are not made in such a flitty way or that Ministers of State are such short sighted Bimbos with a terrible decision making history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melizzy on 15 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
loved it! I just cannot get enough of these characters. I read the first 2 books the other way around, but no matter, it was easy to pick up the link. Victoria was such an easy person to understand, so racked with guilt on the one hand, yet so mindful of her ministerial duties, and her wifely loyalty to her loathsome husband...another victory for Sandra Howard...and now about to read the third, A Matter of loyalty. Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Thalmann on 4 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't understand the rather poor reviews. I can well believe behind the scenes politics are exactly as depicted, and affairs do really start just like this - instant attraction!
I was never bored, and was sorry when I came to the end. OK, for some readers it may have been slightly unrealistic, but one reads to relax and enjoy a good book - this one certainly fills the bill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alex on 22 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this book. I thought it was written with great sensitivity. I recognized
feelings and the same problems in my own family life. I hope she has not stopped writing,
there seems to be a rather long gap since her latest bookGlass Houses
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Plum Bailey on 21 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The first half of this book is utterly dreary. The second half improves, and almost catches one by surprise. The characters are not plausible, especially the lover's wife. Jilly Cooper allegedly described this book as "subtly sexy" - actually it's not remotely sexy. Any reference to sex is written as if by a nun. The biggest surprise was that I actually finished it. A triumph of PR over substance.
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By Kimberly Sims on 20 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Pacey novel, nicely written and interesting.... Best to read along with Ursula's Story (which gives the other side and version of events from the "other" wife!). I enjoyed both novels, and I very much like Sandra Howard's style of writing. If you enjoy British novels centred around upper-middle class families (!!) then this type of book is for you - they're not as toe-curlingly snobbish as Penelope Vincent's, for example.
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By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2014
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Chick lit. Fine if that's your thing but if you want to read a proper novel this is not for you. Suprficial with little chararcterisation and thin on plot. I wondered what was the point. I admire Sandra Howard as a model and parliamentary wife but as a novelist there's much better out there.
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