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  • Paperback: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857863908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857863904
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sex, glamour, and bitchery to an epic degree. Lace is the classic that secured Shirley Conran's place in the same high-octane sorority as Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz and Jacqueline Susann, and it still thrills. It changed my life' --J.J. Salem, author of Tan Lines

'Lace features women you would be proud to call friends. Pick up this book and be sucked into the lives of four female characters who use their own intelligence and confidence to get ahead by themselves. I've loved Lace since I was a teenager and it's still as gripping as it ever was' --Harriet Evans, author of The Love of Her Life

'A gorgeous, glorious, ground-breaking saga of sex, scandal and family secrets. Here is the return of an awesome blockbuster classic, as fearless and fabulous as it was thirty years ago. Lace is the definitive drama of passion, friendship, intrigue and betrayal. It is hands-down one of the best things to come out of the eighties. I adore it' --Victoria Fox, author of Hollywood Sinners

'Lace gave me prolonged pleasure' -- Helen Fielding

'There was life before Lace and life after Lace, and nothing was ever the same again. I envy anyone who hasn't read it' -- India Knight

'As sexy and smart now as the first day it came out' -- Lauren Laverne

'Superwoman author, Shirley Conran, has really hit the literary jackpot . . . you can spend a few enjoyable hours finding out if it's more than sex and scandal that's the secret of its success' -- News of the World

'Money and sex is what Lace is about - clothes, décor and haute cuisine' -- Sunday Times

A big, brash, bouncy book' --Mail on Sunday

'Lace features women you would be proud to call friends. Pick up this book and be sucked into the lives of four female characters who use their own intelligence and confidence to get ahead by themselves. I've loved Lace since I was a teenager and it's still as gripping as it ever was' --Harriet Evans, author of The Love of Her Life

'A gorgeous, glorious, ground-breaking saga of sex, scandal and family secrets. Here is the return of an awesome blockbuster classic, as fearless and fabulous as it was thirty years ago. Lace is the definitive drama of passion, friendship, intrigue and betrayal. It is hands-down one of the best things to come out of the eighties. I adore it' --Victoria Fox, author of Hollywood Sinners

'Lace features women you would be proud to call friends. Pick up this book and be sucked into the lives of four female characters who use their own intelligence and confidence to get ahead by themselves. I've loved Lace since I was a teenager and it's still as gripping as it ever was' --Harriet Evans, author of The Love of Her Life

'A gorgeous, glorious, ground-breaking saga of sex, scandal and family secrets. Here is the return of an awesome blockbuster classic, as fearless and fabulous as it was thirty years ago. Lace is the definitive drama of passion, friendship, intrigue and betrayal. It is hands-down one of the best things to come out of the eighties. I adore it' --Victoria Fox, author of Hollywood Sinners

'Lace features women you would be proud to call friends. Pick up this book and be sucked into the lives of four female characters who use their own intelligence and confidence to get ahead by themselves. I've loved Lace since I was a teenager and it's still as gripping as it ever was' --Harriet Evans, author of The Love of Her Life

'A gorgeous, glorious, ground-breaking saga of sex, scandal and family secrets. Here is the return of an awesome blockbuster classic, as fearless and fabulous as it was thirty years ago. Lace is the definitive drama of passion, friendship, intrigue and betrayal. It is hands-down one of the best things to come out of the eighties. I adore it' --Victoria Fox, author of Hollywood Sinners

About the Author

'Life's too short to stuff a mushroom'

Shirley Conran was born in London and is a former editor on the Daily Mail and the Observer. Her first book, Superwoman, sold more than a million copies worldwide, and was followed by ten other bestsellers. Shirley's ex-husband is designer Terence Conran, and they have two sons, Jasper and Sebastian, both of whom are designers.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
First published in 1982 as one of the first `bonkbusters', this has been reissued and, as one of its second generation readers, is a surprisingly intelligent read especially on issues of women's work, and money not so much as an asset but as a prerequisite for independence and autonomy.

It's certainly a fun, romp of a novel as we follow our four (five?) heroines from a Swiss finishing school in 1948 to New York in 1978. I like that our women aren't all ravishing beauties who want to be pop-stars, TV celebrities and actresses - they're certainly smart, talented and ambitious but boy, do they work hard too! These aren't token careers in the book, we actually follow them through the hard graft, the fear, the triumphs and the lows.

Conran has a nice sense of irony and historical awareness: the 1960s, for example, where Pagan is a `drunk' but never an alcoholic. She's also excellent on the changing sexual mores for, especially, women.

So for all its deserved bonkbuster accolades this is, at times, as angry as The Women's Room (1977) - and has every right to be: the appalling abuse and exploitation of Lili; the waste of bright, intelligent girls being brought up to do nothing but catch a man and churn out babies; the terrible lack of confidence in those who, for whatever reason, don't manage to achieve that; even the way girls are taught to spend money but not to understand it or earn it.

So by all means we can read this as a beachy/holiday/travel romp of a book - but Conran wraps up some important commentary amongst all the fun and frolics. Above all, this seems to have been written on a wave of female optimism and adventure and it's nice to recapture the possibilities that were opening up for women for the first time in the 1960s-1970s.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Hangten on 18 July 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
That's right. I said it. Shirley Conran's novel Lace is 751 pages of pure pleasure, the sort that would have even the characters of Fifty Shades of Grey wriggling with delight. But let's not be over-eager with our comparisons of the two novels, because where E.L. James novel falls short (pun not entirely intended) the characters of Lace deliver! I can not recommend this novel enough to ladies everywhere. If you are looking for something to take on your next holiday, buy Lace. If you are looking for something to pass the time on that tragic commute, buy Lace. I swear time will pass quickly when you surrender to the satisfaction Lace provides! Who knew words could provide hours and hours of such blissful entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nickygrimshaw on 22 Sept. 2012
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I first read Lace as a schoolgirl back in the mid 80s, when my friends and I passed around a battered paperback copy, giggling over the "racy" bits - so I couldn't resist revisiting my youth when I noticed that the novel has been re-released

I was pleased to find that that the basic story has held up fairly well. I remembered the core plot line (the"whodunit" of sorts) but still enjoyed the novel. The story moves from the late 40s, when a group of schoolgirls meet at a Swiss boarding school (one of whom falls pregnant and subsequently gives the baby up), through to the late 70s, when the mother / child relationship is finally revealed

Along the way, there is quite a roller coaster ride through the mid / late 20th century. Lace covers the rise of Communism and the birth of feminism (both of these references went well over my head as a teenager, but I appreciated them on re- reading!). At its heart though, the novel is a classic tale of female friendship and women finding their way in the world and finding themselves - and I don't think that really ages

Its not the best written book, and some of the text is a bit cliched and made me cringe - but Lace is a cracking good story all the same. If you're looking for an entertaining and not too taxing read - its highly recommended - enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mezley on 11 Aug. 2012
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I remember reading Lace as a teenager in the 80s (far too young and I blush a little at the thought - rereading it now I realise how much went over my head!). I remembered Judy, Kate, Pagan, Maxine and Lili like old friends, and happily immersed myself back in their lives. I was a little worried that the story would have dated, but it was as fresh as ever. This is a fabulous story, in a class of it's own. I hope that Lace 2 will also soon be available, and I was interested by Shirley Conran's notes at the back. Shirley...how about the next instalment - I want to know how the 21st century treated 'The Set'!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Song2 on 17 July 2012
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Have just zoomed through this- cracking summer read, for anyone who's looking for something glamourous and steamy, and a little bit FSoG. Brilliant, brilliant characters, of the kind that the Carrie Bradshaw fans will adore, but also plenty of raunch, glamour, difficult and troubled men and gorgeously fab women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shardon on 31 July 2013
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I first read this book when I was about 17 and was excited when i found out there was a kindle edition.

However I was quite disappointed when Ive read it as a more mature 30 something year old!!

The characters seem boring and samey and very superficial. Maxine the rich girl from Paris, Pagan the rich girl from England, Judy the American and Kate from Ireland who all went to finishing school together and then have high profile lives around the world.

To be fair this book was 1 of the pioneers of chick lit and this genre and formula has been done to death.

The book was good for its time but now I feel its outdated and I have moved on.
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