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Old Sins [Hardcover]

Penny Vincenzi
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Jan 1991
This novel is about money and ambition, about glamour and greed and love. It is also about women competing against women in a world where they already hold their own against men. Penny Vincenzi is the author of "The Compleat Liar" and "One Born Every Minute".
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Crown Pub (Jan 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517581914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517581919
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,245,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fourteen bestselling novels, most recently The Best of Times and the number one bestseller An Absolute Scandal.
Her first 'proper' job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the 'doyenne of the modern blockbuster' (Glamour).
Penny has four daughters and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.

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"Penny is the doyenne of the modern blockbuster." --"Glamour" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Old sins cast long shadows. Enter the irresistible world of Penny Vincenzi. Read her very first novel. With an exclusive new introduction from the author. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Dec 1999
By A Customer
This is Penny Vincenzi's first novel and what a blockbuster it is! I read this when it first came out and I have gone on to read EVERY book that she has written. An excellent holiday read. Near the end I began to get slightly dissappointed because I thought I had sussed out what was going to happen but Penny brilliantly makes the reader think that but then comes up with something that had never entered your head so it does build up to an excellent climax after all.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 25 Mar 2008
One of Vincenzi's best and that takes some beating because I have read and really loved ALL of her books.

This is a tale of family with all its attendant sorrows, joys, avarice, love and betrayal.

It flows along and you really do not want to leave it until you have read it all.

Please read it, especially if you have not read any of her others. I guarantee that you will love it and want to read all the rest.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Discovery 28 Mar 2001
By A Customer
What a wonderful day it was when I discovered this wonderful author! Old Sins was my first reading by her and I throughly enjoyed the characters and the mystery attached. Since then I have read all of Ms.Vincenzi's books with the excetion of Glimpses which I haven't seen in our bookstores and I'm eagerly awaitng my trip to Miami where I'm hoping to capture No Angel. The reviews were very helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars once more, perfect book:-) 21 Feb 2009
By lisgel
Even though in the beginning of the boook, the story drags out a bit, it definitely pays to continue reading, for, from then on, it takes an extreme effort to put the book down again, and I am talking about almost 1000 pages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 19 Mar 2012
By Dee07
Format:Kindle Edition
I believe the expression is "thumping good read" or great "page turner". Highly recommend this book. Think its Vincenzi's best, but first books often are, and believe this was hers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of pages to get through! 10 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a thick book - 800 and odd pages if I recall! A bit of a slog. However, the story is entertaining enough to warrant the excess paper. I really like the fact that a character was brought in to the storyline with no bearing to the main family and you are charged with trying to work out the connection. I also liked the different characters and the normality of some of the women (e.g. not long honey blond hair, beautiful features, slim, big breasts, clever, blue eyes etc), although there were a few like that as you would expect. The story is about the Morrell family and generations of ambition, corruption, fall-outs and marriage breakups, affairs and a random character who the main character has bequeathed money to and we do not know why. My only gripe is at the end of the book when the 'so called' strong female characters seem to take on a different persona and it all gets a bit silly. Hard to say too much without spoiling the ending. I would read another Penny Vincinzi book but maybe one with less pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 22 May 2014
By Tarkwa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A fantastic book! Right to the very last page.
Looking forward very much to reading more of these grat books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good author 30 July 2012
By revnan
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Areally good book, ggod story which keeps ou turning the page. It also historically lets you see how the titled people lived in the 1930's. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Very strong story line.
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