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Nicholas Coleridge
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21 Feb 2007

Saskia Thomson is the most glamorous, successful, talked-about magazine editor in the world. Her creation, STREETSMART, is on a roll, building a circulation that exceeds even VANITY FAIR or VOGUE, with its combination of celebrity gossip, glossy fashion and serious investigative journalism. Then Saskia is found dead. Her brother Max is left holding the babies - STREETSMART and Saskia's nine-year-old hyperactive son Cody.

As a war photographer, neither of these duties are ones he feels particularly qualified to fulfil. But before long Max finds himself fighting to save the magazine. The predators are closing in - and Max soon discovers that Guerrilla warfare in Eritrea is nothing compared to this ...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (21 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752834266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752834269
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicholas Coleridge is managing director of Condé Nast in Britain, the magazine publishing house that includes Vogue, Tatler, House & Garden and Vanity Fair. He is the author of four previous novels and lives in London. He is married with four children.

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Nicholas Coleridge is a writer of skill and invention, utilising an insider's knowledge of the world of glossy magazines to produce fiction that fuses acid social comedy with the pyrotechnics of the thriller. To read Streetsmart is to enter a world where ruthless decisions alter lives, and people live at the cutting edge of fashion while risking all to maintain their precarious positions. It's not hard to guess who the real-life models for Coleridge's Saskia Thompson are, but his "hottest editor in the world" is still a very individual creation, however many traits she shares with glitzy editors in the real world. Her magazine, the eponymous Streetsmart, is a heady fusion of celebrity scandal, highly expensive fashion and state-of-the-art-photography. But another element in the mix is investigative journalism--and when Saskia's magazine is taken over by her war reporter brother Max, he finds that some of the ongoing investigations have very dangerous implications. But these are nothing compared to the lethal tightrope Max has to walk in the magazine world, with vicious enemies just waiting for him to fall.

The 400-odd pages of Coleridge's pungent and dazzling novel pass before the reader with great speed, such is his skill in delineating this fascinating world. The characters may be larger than life, but they are always granted a verisimilitude that is a million miles away from literary soap opera (a genre, of course, which often inhabits the territory of StreetSmart). But as in the author's Paper Tigers and With Friends Like These, the dialogue is the thing, and remains Coleridge's métier:
"Oh," said Greg, "it's all very kosher medically. It's a stress-related condition that affects high-profile achievers. Women especially. I mean, your sister was photographed with an awful lot of celebrities, wasn't she? Eric Clapton, Ralph Lauren, Tony Blair, Larry King, Princess Diana. And according to this doctor, excess exposure to celebs can erode a sense of self-worth--over a period of years, of course.
--Barry Forshaw

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When Saskia Thomson is found dead, her war-reporter brother fights to save the magazine she created. But the predators are closing in . . .

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 6 Sep 2001
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Although this book claims to be a thriller - and is in fact quite exciting in parts - I wouldnt say it really was a thriller, more a saga of office life with a strong psychological streak. The characters are pretty believable, and I really liked the blonde, Kitty, but I wont give too much away... Its a great read, right on the button.
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5.0 out of 5 stars page-turning thriller 11 Jun 2001
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interesting book, set in the publishing/fashion/glitz world, though that is incidental really. strong characters, snappy dialogue. good for the beach or a long plane journey, without wishing to disparage it. i really got into this book - it is quite memorable in its way. notably well writen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 8 Feb 2001
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This was an enjoyable read and I'll look for more of Coleridge. Some would argue the ending was predictable and others would say there was a good twist - this is probably a good sign!
It's effectively a murder mystery but the setting here is refreshingly different. The author takes into the glitzy world of publishing and the plot is free of detectives and/or lawyers saving the day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pacey thriller 25 May 2000
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The main character is a war photographer called Max who takes over his sister's magazine called Streetsmart when she is murdered. I borrowed this book from my girlfriend. It is quite exciting. The editor, Saskia, who dies is a very interesting character. Some partsa of the book are funny, some are exciting. I like the way that it goes from London to New York to Milan.
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Set in the world of fashion publishing, Coleridge has written a murder story combining a whodunnit mystery with real insight into the back stabbling world of fashion publishing. If you like your crime novels without detectives, lawyers and legal jargon, but a good fast yarn which is easy to pick up and difficult to put down - you'll like Streetsmart.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality 15 Jan 2014
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Felt that the books were poor quality for what was described as good condition. Looked as if it had had a hard life and needed to wipe cover for dirt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amusing fashion world thriller with more to it 31 Jan 2000
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I didnt really expect to enjoy this book .I thought it was a womans' read, but its not, theres a lot of depth, facts and info, and pretty good dialogue. The characters are lifelike and theres a lot of variety. Great story. I'm reading his other one, With Friends Like These, now - also good.
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I bought Streetsmart at the airport and read it in six hours flat. Great reading. Smooth plot and the characters are clever and unusual. I recommend this and am trying to get hold of his earlier one, Friends Like These.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy fun clever story
Just caught up with this one - LOVED it. Full of clever plot lines and unpredictable (but believable) characters. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Glossy thriller with quirky, interesting personas
I dont move in the rarified circles of this book, but I take my hat off to the author, who surely knows his stuff and brought it all alive. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and predictable.
This was a very disappointing read after what i had seen as positive reviews.Right from the start the leaden writing style and boring name-dropping of stars warned us of what was... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and predictable.
I was very disappointed with this book.Thrilling it was not,as the "twists and turns" were so predictable. The sex scenes were embarrassing. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars alien teritory
The story really held my attention, its an interesting world he writes about the publishing scene - the business side as much as the glamour. Read more
Published on 23 July 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever thriller set in magazine world
Despite the publishing setting, Streetsmart is wider than that. The characters have quite a bit to them. Read more
Published on 21 May 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant
when i started reading this book i thought i had made a mistake, fashion world? not for me being a action man,how wrong i was brilliant thriller.Well done nicholas coleridge. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2001 by Mr. C. Penhaligon
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting thriller set in the fashion /magazine world
I read Streetsmart in about four hours, maybe five. A great story, it really grabbed me. Interesting characters too. The war correspondent Max is quite fancyable. Read more
Published on 31 July 2000
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