I picked up this book on a whim at Heathrow Airport as there was a "buy on get one half price" offer on, and to be frank, the cover image appealed most to me. Whilst interested in fashion, I'm not completely devoted to it as many Vogue readers are, however I found this book completely addictive and was consumed in the world of Australian Vogue and high fashion for the two days it took me to read it.
The book begins at the premise of Clements memoir- her firing from the coveted position of editor-in-chief at Aussie Vogue. The narrative then jumps back to her first rung on the career ladder as a receptionist and follows on from there. Her story is inviting and glamorous but has a sense of realism- she tells about the less appealing aspects of working for the most famous magazine in fashion, discusses the use of anorexic models and office politics. As well as telling, in great detail, of her professional career, she also occasionally delves into aspects of her personal life such as moving to Paris and learning French, meeting her husband and having children- all very welcome contributions to the story in my opinion.
My only criticism is that Kirstie introduces new names often and consecutively, especially within the first third of the book, which is hard to keep up with and several times I had to flick back chapters to remember who someone was. But aside from that the book was easy to follow and massively enjoyable, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.