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Simply Divine [Paperback]

Wendy Holden
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7 Aug 2006

'A modern day Jilly Cooper' Glamour. A witty, well-observed tale from bestseller WENDY HOLDEN, author of MARRYING UP and FAME FATALE.

Champagne D'Vyne is a celebrity socialite with a charmed life - and a mania for men, money and fame. Jane is a journalist with an ordinary life - love stress, work stress and a spare tyre that won't go away. As their contrasting worlds become bizarrely intertwined, Jane realises that the blonde, busty and blatantly ambitious Champagne will let nothing come between her and what she wants. Least of all Jane.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755329732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755329731
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children.

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Twentysomething, magazine journalist Jane has enough stress--breaking up with her boyfriend, falling in love with a man who leaves the country the next morning and the spare tyre around her waist--without the added headache of the glamorous socialite Champagne D'Vyne, who pops effervescently into her life and proceeds to sour everything as their lives become inextricably intertwined.

Meanwhile, her best friend Tally's crumbling ancestral mansion in Lower Bulge is about to be sold off unless Jane can find a rich knight to come to Tally's rescue and, while she's at it, nab one for herself. The reader is launched into the world of double-barrelled socialites like the Front-Bottomes and Uppe-Timmselves, and the offices of the "Gorgeous" and "Fabulous" magazine worlds where only girls with slim calves and tinted bikini lines get onto the front covers.

Simply Divine sparkles with Wendy Holden's sharp, acerbic wit as she bursts the bubble of high society's extravagant pretensions and leaves the reader choking at some of her more shocking sentiments:

"How could [Tally] see that far? ... This honing of the optics came, Jane imagined, courtesy of the genetic inheritance of generations of Venerys scanning the horizons of their vast acreage. Being grand, however, had its downsides too. Like the girls at Fabulous, Tally had always suffered the most agonising of periods. Blue blood was evidently more painful."
Wendy Holden holds nothing back in her outrageous satire on the rich and frivolous, from psychics to New Age ceremonies to modern, "glossy" bibles, she exposes the shallowness behind the façade --Nicola Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"* 'There are some fabulous one-liners and Ab-Fab style send ups of the more ludicrous side of journalism. Great fun' - Woman's Journal * 'It is rare, outside Wodehouse, that comic novels live up to their titles, but SIMPLY DIVINE is just that, to borrow from the Ab Fab critical lexicon. Wendy Holden writes a sort of profiterole prose, with paragraphs so funny and readable you worry about their calorie content' - The Sunday Times * 'Just the thing if you need something frothy, frivolous, and fun' - Harpers & Queen * 'Wickedly witty' - Esquire * 'Witty, well-observed, with some jolly super, quite unforgivable, puns' - bad heir"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Title says it all! 10 Sep 2004
A delightful chic flic! I'm not much a a reader because I don't get the time but this book was rarely closed! Filled with light wit and humour and some fantastic characters. The way Holden portrays the character Champagne is brilliant - I think everyone knows someone just like her! The ending has a real twist that I was never expecting. Holden certainly kept me smiling with this divine book! Definatly my fave story yet from Wendy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less than divine... 17 Feb 2000
By A Customer
I was disappointed with this book. From the reviews, I expected a humorous, frolicking story. Instead, the book is predictable and, at best, mildly amusing. The character names are beyond belief. This is an OK book for times when you're stuck on a train or airplane. The Bridget Jones books are much better written and funnier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book with high hopes of an amusing read but found the characters were totally unbelievable and predictable. I still have 100 or so pages to go and have no incentive to continue
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic but hilarious! 5 May 2004
This book's purpose is to entertain not to become a classic. But I really love and have read it so many times. It doesn't require you to think or analyse the plot, just read it. I couldn't say if Champagne is an ignorant, witty or simply idiot. But everytime she opened her mouth, it was hilarious. However, I think foreigners who are not familiar with British culture or gossip will have difficulty to follow the plot and get the jokes such as who is Tara Palmer Tompkinson? Read it and form your own opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wounderful 15 Mar 2004
I absolutly loved this book, not bad to say I only read it coz I got it free with a mag! Since this book I have read every single one of Wendy Holden's, but without a doubt this is the best!
Brilliant story, with lots of highs and lows, you can really feel for the girl, and genuinly do pray to god that she gets her guy, and that bloody awfull Champain get her come upence!
I would definatly recommend this book to everybody out there, it's a great summertime read, easy, relaxing, and great for the beach!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way too much corn! 27 July 2000
By A Customer
So many puns, so much corn, kind of predictable, but an easy summer holiday read. If you're lying around the pool and do not want anything that taxes your mind too much, this book is for you. Still, a little bit more depth and some realistic emotion would have done a lot for this book., without detracting from its comic potential.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Ok, so having read some of the other reviews on this page, it is not the most original book in it's puns, but who cares? Read it in the spirit in which it's meant - light relief and you'll probably enjoy it. I finished reading the book last night after choosing it for a little light relief and fun after reading the psychology books I've read of late and it was great. I even read bits aloud to my father and he laughed too. I will certainly be reading more of Wendy Holden's novels as I like her style of writing and her humour tickles me most of the time. Some of the stereotypes were a little obvious and some bits of the plot could have been deepened and developed, but I am not expecting it to be a great classic (and I am sure that some of the classics could be improved on in some ways too!)Well done Wendy, keep on writing and I'll keep on reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 29 Sep 2013
By Pidney
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A quick and easy read that is much fun. A good girly book. A story that was straightforward but kept you interested. Great characters throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Superbly funny parody of the lives of the rich and famous spewed through the glossy rags. Hugely enjoyable with plenty of laugh out loud moments.
Published 6 months ago by n00dlz
3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the mill
It's an ok story but full of irritating cliche. Clever word play wins over interesting characters. Not a page turner
Published 7 months ago by linda rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite girly books
One of my favourite girly books, mad characters, fun story, lovely to get lost in the world of Champagne Devine!
Published 15 months ago by tilliemint
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous!!
simply divine is the first wendy holden book i have read,and it was a very good story line,very humorous and with such a lovely ending! i would recommend it,a good holiday read .
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by mrs l chadwick
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
Oh dear is all I can say in regards to this `novel'. Being an avid fan of chick- lit and considering it somewhat of a guilty pleasure I expect to find the odd shallow character and... Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by Tess
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Funny
This book made me laugh out loud on a train... Champagne D'Vyne is a fabulous creation of a character, and when added to a great story and Wendy Holdens witty one liners, it makes... Read more
Published on 14 April 2011 by babyd
5.0 out of 5 stars The queen of chicklit!
I'm never disappointed with Wendy's writing. She always entertains, with her fast paced stories, likable characters and witty observations. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Janie
5.0 out of 5 stars quick and quality
Very pleased with the condition the book was in and how quick the delivery was
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by Leo
3.0 out of 5 stars Just one question.........................
What is Wendy Holden's obsession with crumbling mansions??? There's one in almost all her books!!
Still I liked this book tho could have strangled Tally, but loved Champagne,... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2009 by DebzM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
First, keep in mind one thing: chick lit is about one thing, and one thing only - escapism. This is not literature by any stretch of the imagination. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2008 by E. Samara
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