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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755340612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755340613
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,727 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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Remember the 80s, when padded shoulders and big hair sprayed 'dos were all the rage? Louise Bagshawe, it seems, is spearheading an 80s literary revival The Devil You Know is this young author's seventh novel (other titles include Career Girls, Tall Poppies, A Kept Woman, so you know this author's stalking ground; money, men, high-flying jobs) and stars three sisters who defiantly want it all.

The opening 20 pages are a little ludicrous, featuring an evil brother, a handsome, daredevil Italian count, his gypsy wife, and their triplet girls who are adopted, following their parents' horrible murders. The action swishes ahead a bit and we meet gorgeous Rose, who lives in a poor area of New York, but who is destined to become a property tycoon. Then there's stunning Poppy, an American Jewish princess obsessed by heavy metal, and who ends up in the rock & roll world. And lastly there's Daisy, overweight and stuck in an English boarding school. But with a little application she sheds the pounds and transforms herself into a best selling romantic novelist.

So that's the ambitious careers sorted out. But what about their love lives? Just as glamorous; the Superwomen end up with a real estate giant, a senator and a media magnate respectively. The Devil You Know is a high concept read where revenge is always sweet and the grooming impeccable. --Eithne Farry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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MEDIA Louise's top tips for property investment will appear in the MAIL ON SUNDAY Property section in June - either 15th or 22nd. Review confirmed in MORE magazine at the beginning of July. NEW BOOKS.MAG will feature The Devil YouKnow in their summer reading feature. The Devil You Know will appear in the HEAT chart around publication date. 'The perfect poolside page-turner.' Hot St --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Terrible. That is the only way to describe this current offering my Louise Bagshawe. I have been a fan since her first books, but found my interest wavering slightly after the last woeful offering. This book is just a rehash of every other one she has written, and those that have read previous books will see this. The Blonde and the brunette (Elizabeth Savage and Rowena Gordon/Nina Roth and Topaz Rossi) the job in the music industry, the ambitious girl who will stop at nothing to suceed. Trust me, you have read it all before. I advise anyone to skip this book, go back to the beginning and re read her classics such as 'The Movie' and 'Career Girls'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
I just read The Devil You Know while on holiday in Menorca and I thought it was excellent. I love Louise Bagshawe's rags to riches style - in fact when I first read her work it inspired me to work hard and maybe get a little of what those lucky heroines she writes about have. I'm still striving to be a millionaire (!) but in the mean time I can escape with Louise's books. Really good fun. Keep it up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. Hall on 12 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
This recommended summer reading book is a great chick lit novel and im not even a fan of these transparent excuses for literature. i read this and couldnt put it down, the book starts good, the story even develops and i actually start to care for the three protagonists. BUT the anti climax of the ending seems rushed and too predictable.The story had so much potential that i felt so letdown at the end i just didnt care about the characters anymore
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SP on 24 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a novice to Louise Bagshawe novels and picked this at random, without knowing what to expect. Although I enjoyed the story overall and it evoked all sorts of Jackie Collins/'Dynasty'/'Thornbirds' memories, something was missing.

I thought the story would focus much more on the triplets' revenge on the man who killed their parents. Instead, the story focused more on the triplets' love lives - and even that felt like it was lacking in direction and depth and loose ends are tied up too quickly and conveniently. For example, Daisy's 180 degree turn in who she thinks she loves. And how could Rose just suddenly let go of all the hatred she feels for Jacob's family? I admit, I wanted Rose and Jacob to end up together eventually but, when it comes to it, it doesn't feel like she gives the arrogant so and so one fifth of the dressing down he deserves.

I felt somewhat let down by the ending, but this will keep you occupied as train/tube reading material.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
My first introduction to Bagshawe was "When she was bad", and i must admit i found it a breath of fresh air compaired to other female, so-called "chick lit" authors. All other writers seemed to base their charcters and plots around a neurotic 20-30 something woman whose only real aim in life was to find a gorgeous man and live happily ever after. For those of us who have aspirations beyond such things, Bagshawe really hit the mark for me. Her characters were strong, inspirational and knew their own minds and what they wanted out of life. Love and romance obviously did come into it but it wasn't the sole focus of the story. Therefore when "The devil you know" came out i was looking forward to reading it.
One thing i have realised since is that although Bagshawe seems to have a great skill in writing a unputdownable read, she does seem to be a little short on plot and characterisation these days. I did only get into her through one of her most recent novels and having now read the two mentioned and also her acclaimed "Career girls" i am beginning to feel that everytime i pick up a Bagshawe book i am reading a very similar story to the previous. "The devil you know" is still a good read and a pretty good introduction to Bagshawe. But for those of us familiar to her work, it really does have far too much likeness to her past works. For example, Poppy from "The devil you know" and Rowena from "Career girls" are both young girls trying to forge a career within the rock music business. Although not totally the same circumstances, they both seem to break into it and become overnight success's. From my own personal experience i can say that this is not only highly unlikely but also far to alike than is acceptable. I feel like i am re-reading the same book again.
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By Kate A. Best on 27 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
I originally read this book in my teens and having had a sort through my books, I decided to read it again.

The book follows the lives of Italian-born triplets who were separated at birth by their jealous cousin once removed who murdered their parents.

Poppy, Rose and Daisy are all adopted by loving families but all have a very different home life. Rebellious Poppy is brought up in LA by her rich lawyer parents and is spoilt by their money and connections. Rose lives in New York with her deli-owner parents who are struggling to keep their house and livelihood from bullying real estate firm - Rothstein. Daisy was brought up in England and attends an all girls boarding school and struggles with both her weight and her confidence.

All three girls have their setbacks; Poppy's parents dislike of her music and lifestyle choices, Rose's parents financial struggles and Daisy's belief in her abilities, however all three go on to flourish in their careers and each of them become independent business women despite the people who want to see them fail.

I really enjoy this book and is the only Louise Bagshawe novel I've read. It's an easy read that's hard to put down and despite it being very different from my usual reads, I love it just as much.
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