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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (28 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755304314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755304318
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top Ten bestseller Louise Bagshawe attended local Catholic schools near her family home in London, before going to Oxford University in 1989. After graduating with a degree in Anglo Saxon and Norse, Louise worked as press officer with EMI records and then as a marketing official with Sony Music. On her 22nd birthday, Louise's passion for writing was realised with a major publishing deal.
She is the author of fourteen novels, published in more than eight languages, most recently the massive Sunday Times bestsellers Passion and Glitz.
She lives in Northamptonshire with her family and has been the Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northants since November 2006.

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Glamour, ambition, love and sex. It's all here in the page-turning bestsellers by Louise Bagshawe

About the Author

Louise Mensch is the author of fifteen novels under the name Louise Bagshawe. She has been a top ten bestseller and has been published in more than eight languages. Her most recent novel, BEAUTY, was written as Louise Mensch, the name for which she became known in the UK as an MP for the Conservative Party. She is a columnist for the Sun newspaper and a digital publishing executive. Louise has three children, and is married to Peter. She lives with her family in New York.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By chicklitqueen on 28 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I loved Bagshawes early stuff. For pure escapism, glamour and sex you couldn't go wrong. Basically they were chick lit novels at their best. I didn't enjoy Monday's Child or Tuesdays Child at all but when I saw Sparkles I thought maybe she was back on form. But how wrong was I? The story was dull, the plot nonsensical and the heroine was insipid (what was that whole no sex before marriage all about?) I'm afraid when I see Bagshawes next book I'll be leaving it on the shelf and settle with re reading The Movie, Career Girls and Tall Poppies instead.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Dyer on 10 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
Like others, I've waited a long time for something as good as Career Girls, and this wasn't it either. The sub-plot 'whatever happened to Pierre Massot?' turned out to be ludicrously shallow - almost like an afterthought and the final scene was plain stupid. Hard to believe that I'd read 580 pages to lead up to that ending. It's almost as if the author has spent her career post -'Career Girls' trying to get away from the fact that she used to write well about passion, sex and lust. Because now she avoids it completely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 13_jane on 17 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading another of Louises books, I couldn't wait to get into Sparkles - but unfortunatley it was very similar to "a kept woman". They both have the hating each other beginning, and then the getting together and setting up a rival company ending!!

If you hadn't read a kept woman, then you wouldn't see the plot coming, but unfortunatley it didnt keep me in suspence at all! Its worth a read - but I can think of better books!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monika Ditton on 16 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I seem to not be having too much luck with Louise Bagshawe, it seems for every good book I read of hers there is another that is awful. I read "A Kept Woman" which I enjoyed, then "When She Was Bad" which I thought was rubbish and put me off Louise Bagshawe books. Recently I read "Passion" which I really enjoyed and have given 5 stars to, now I have only half read "Sparkles" and I had to give up as I found it terrible. I hate not being able to finish a book, however there are times when you just need to cut your losses and this is one of those cases.

I won't go into the story as I don't know the full plot however I will explain the details behind why I had to put this book down.

Firstly the characters were far too unbelievable, 2 dimensional and very annoying. I found Sophie implausible, a woman who declares her husband dead after being missing for 7 years with no experience of the world or business takes over her husbands business as CEO and seems to magically know how everything works, be able to read financial accounts, run a business, renegotiate etc etc. Her son, Tom, I just wanted to slap. He was a very frustrating character to read about as he just seemed like a temper tantrum child that if he didn't get what he wanted he just threw his toys out of the pram. Hugh Montford an ex-army officer who runs a business, not too much of a stretch, but who runs a jewellery and fashion company and knows everything about every type of jewellery and everything about clothing down to material and designers just by looking at a piece of clothing? I found that very hard to believe.

Secondly the writing style was not what I expected. There were a few things that I really didn't enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gadgetgirl79 on 27 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this to read on holiday, as 600 pages should last me a week. It's now day 3, and I've finished it!

I haven't read a book by this author before, so can't judge it against any others she's written, but all the twists, turns and sordid behaviour in this novel had me gripped, and I couldn't put it down!

I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, as I did get a little confused with one of the characters at one point, although it did all make sense in the end!!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a beach book for a sunny holiday, or perhaps even a rainy one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CarolBT on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I have never read a Louise Bagshawe novel before, and I may never read another. I got this book from a charity shop, I only paid 50p, and it will go in the bin - not to be given to any friends....The characters were all, with no exception, either 'good' or 'bad', black or white - no greys allowed. The plot was just about bearable, but oh, the infinite tedium, as others have also written of reading what was worn, and what was eaten, over and over - this must have increased the size of the book by about 30%. The was a lot of hatred, snarling and sneering - no humour, not matter what the back of the book says.
I think I had better stop now....Oh yes, and this woman is an MP! What on earth is her party thinking about?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JKSoton on 29 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
Having read many of LB's previous books I was quite excited to start Sparkles on holiday - however, I was soon to be disappointed. The book rambles on and on without anything really happening. The whole tale could have been told in half the pages. I didn't like the story suddenly changing to Russia with no reason, that part went on and on finally coming to some kind of (very unbelievable and odd) conclusion at the end. I did like some of the characters, Judy was really good at being bad! You wanted to slap the son all the way through and shake some life into poor-little-Sophie. Please write more stories like Venus Envy, The Devil You Know and Tall Poppies!!
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