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Trophy Wives [Paperback]

Karren Brady
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19 Nov 1998

Set against the backdrop of a successful London football club, TROPHY WIVES blows the whistle on Britain's favourite sport by taking a look at the women behind the boys on the field. With their Gucci handbags, Ferraris, Notting Hill houses, Nicky Clarke streaks, lunches at Daphne's and Harbour Club waistlines, the women are kitted out to play a game much harder than football.

Tanning Hill FC, the West London premier league team and holders of the Coca Cola Cup, are gearing themselves up for the new season. The chairman, footballing legend Clive Dorning, is spending millions on the club, convinced that if he can keep a lid on the players' boozing, brawling and womanising, the team is headed for success in the UEFA Cup. But his dreams are about to be thwarted by the machination of five men - and their trophy wives.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (19 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751522457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751522457
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, Lord Sugar's Advisor on The Apprentice and one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers.


Karren began her career aged 18 at Saatchi & Saatchi, she swiftly moved onto LBC as a sales executive. In 1998 she joined Sport Newspapers Ltd and became Director within a year.


Recognised as the first woman in football, Brady was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club's fortunes around. She took over the club when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 she launched the Club on the Stock market; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.


In October 2009 Karren sold Birmingham City FC for £82million.


In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. Following her first 12 months at West Ham, the club made a trading profit for the first time in many years.


An Ambassador for The Stroke Association, WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust, Karren Brady is also Chair of the Mothercare Group Foundation. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England and is currently a non-Executive Director of Arcadia. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing.

Awards:
Karren was voted by Cosmopolitan as 'One of the 100 most powerful women in the world' and in 2004 and again in 2006 attended The Queen's Lunch for Women Achievers and Business Leaders. She was acknowledged as 'One of the most influential women in Britain' by the Daily Mail and voted as 'One of Britain's Most Inspirational Women' by Good Housekeeping magazine.


In November 2006 Karren Brady won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, in the category of Women Who Have Changed the World.

In October 2007 Karren was voted Business Woman of the Year and in November 2008 she was named as 'One of the top leadership role models' in a national poll. This recognition was quickly followed in December 2008 when she was presented with the coveted Spirit of Everywoman Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards, acknowledging her 'Outstanding achievements in changing the landscape for women in business'.


November 2010 saw Karren listed in the business category of The Sunday Telegraph's '100 Most Powerful Women in Britain', whilst she was also included in the Evening Standard's list of 'London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010', second to David Beckham in the category of Sport.


In December 2010 Dr. Karren Brady received her Doctorate from the University of Birmingham in Business studies.


In July 2011 she won the National Reality TV Award for Best TV Judge beating Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Aleshia Dixon amongst others.



The Apprentice:


In 2010 following appearances as one of Lord Sugar's interrogators on the popular BBC show 'The Apprentice', Karren replaced Margaret Mountford as Lord Sugar's right-hand woman.


Visit Karren's website at www.karrenbrady.com


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Review

An engaging insider's tale from the woman who runs Birmingham City (GOOD Housekeeping)

A sexy, bouncy...doorstop of a read (DAILY Express)

Book Description

* In her second novel, Karren Brady explores Britain's favourite sport from a fresh angle - through the eyes of footballers' wives

* TROPHY WIVES blows the whistle on what REALLY goes on behind the scenes


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4.0 out of 5 stars Trophy Wives 9 Sep 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this book although I don't like soccer. So I can't judge on those parts and I also don't follow any celebrities' lifestyles.
I was much more impressed than I'd expected - the start of the book introduces us to people who seem fairly stereotypical overpriced football players, and their wives who are chosen for attractiveness and party stamina rather than brains. But some of these women do have brains, and some have very big hearts.

As the book progresses we don't come to admire the men much, but they are pressured by their sport to conform to certain behaviours which do not make for a stable home.

Two of the women in particular had stories which just grabbed me although at first they didn't seem like anyone I would want to know. One lady was a Page Three model and the newspaper had even, for a publicity stunt, insured her assets. While newspapers don't look great in most of the book, when something goes wrong the paper is kindness itself and this lady has a very tough time but comes out with her head high. Another lady is just self-destructing with relationship and identity problems, she is drinking and taking drugs as though she doesn't care if she never wakes up again. Then something happens to stop her in her tracks and she starts to think more about someone else than about herself. Her life turns around.

Don't go into this looking for scandals, look for the people. The author made me care about these two women in particular, much more than the characters in many supposed women's novels. She wrote skilfully with an obvious depth of background and while I didn't care if the team won the trophy, that wasn't really the point of the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Pointless 28 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Great I suppose if you are on holidays and want something effortless to read on the beach, but otherwise don't bother.If you are after a good read and characters that involve you in the story, this is not the book for you. (unless you have a obsession with football).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Understandable 28 Nov 2007
By Mr. Terence Jones VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I read this book a few years ago. To understand the book you need to understand the author Karren Brady - Managing Director of Birmingham City FC and when appointed at 23 became the youngest Chief Executive in the U.K. She's still in charge of Birmingham but is also on the board at Mothercare and Channel 4.

Consider her plight - she's married a footballer a moderately successfull one (Championship level) called Paul Peschisolido and being attractive would naturally have been assumed to be the "Trophy Wife" of her husband to the people who didn't know her. How frustrating it must have been to actually have that role reversed (i think there's a very good chance she earnt more than him) yet still suffer the stereotypes especially amoung footballers who (and let's be honest here) 90% of them are not going to be the sharpest tool in the shed.

The book itself isn't great but i suspect it served it's purpose for her wehich was to put down in print exactly what she thought of the people who would lump her in with the WAGS.
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I read this book because I was ill and could not leave the house , and oh , how I suffered .
This book tells basically lays out for us , that all men are b*****ds , and that if a few sisters would just band together and unite , that women could rule the world .
Right on ! ( eh NO! )
Pure drivel ....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trophy wives 9 Sep 2013
By Clare O'Beara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book although I don't like soccer. So I can't judge on those parts and I also don't follow any celebrities' lifestyles.
I was much more impressed than I'd expected - the start of the book introduces us to people who seem fairly stereotypical overpriced football players, and their wives who are chosen for attractiveness and party stamina rather than brains. But some of these women do have brains, and some have very big hearts.

As the book progresses we don't come to admire the men much, but they are pressured by their sport to conform to certain behaviours which do not make for a stable home.

Two of the women in particular had stories which just grabbed me although at first they didn't seem like anyone I would want to know. One lady was a Page Three model and the newspaper had even, for a publicity stunt, insured her assets. While newspapers don't look great in most of the book, when something goes wrong the paper is kindness itself and this lady has a very tough time but comes out with her head high. Another lady is just self-destructing with relationship and identity problems, she is drinking and taking drugs as though she doesn't care if she never wakes up again. Then something happens to stop her in her tracks and she starts to think more about someone else than about herself. Her life turns around.

Don't go into this looking for scandals, look for the people. The author made me care about these two women in particular, much more than the characters in many supposed women's novels. She wrote skilfully with an obvious depth of background and while I didn't care if the team won the trophy, that wasn't really the point of the book.
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