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Zelda's Cut Hardcover – Dec 2000

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  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1 edition (Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312267045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312267049
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,603,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Clever, original, perceptive and preposterous… highly enjoyable’
Hampstead & Highgate Gazette

‘Hooks until the final twist’
Woman & Home

‘ZELDA’S CUT holds the attention because the cravings it describes are real’
Helen Dunmore

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Perverse desire, betrayal and shifting identity combine in this chilling contemporary novel.

Isobel Latimer, writer of carefully constructed moral tales, is trapped: by her need to be a good woman, by massive secret debt, and by the burden of literary reputation. Everyone wants a cut of her talent, her time or her money, but only she knows there's nothing left to give. In desperation, Isobel and her agent, Troy, conspire to create a shameless blockbuster with an author to match. Zelda is born.

Zelda can do everything that Isobel cannot. As a new champagne-fuelled celebrity, she embraces freedom with exhilarating joy. Isobel finds that when Zelda is in command the unspeakable is said, taboos are broken and desires are unleashed. Troy revels in the wildness, but Isobel senses menace behind the beautiful mask, and she longs for the safety of her husband and home. When she returns, the familiar has changed. She cannot get back . . .

Philippa Gregory has a history degree from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. She is a fellow of Kingston University. She has been widely praised for her historical novels, including 'Earthly Joys' and 'Virgin Earth,'as well as her works of contemporary suspense. Philippa Gregory lives in Sussex with her family.

Acclaim for 'The Little House'

"This brilliant psychological chiller . . . is utterly, nail-nibblingly plausible. You will relish its explosive climax and be gripped through to its final, superb, double-twist finish"
DAILY MAIL

"Insidiously gripping"
INDEPENDENT

"This is Gregory at her most chillingly convincing. Sunday lunch with the in-laws will never be the same"
COSMOPOLITAN

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Format: Paperback
Zelda is the alter- ego of Isobel Latimer, a quiet and self-effacing author whose life revolves around her husband's ill health and their financial problems. By becoming Zelda, and breaking into rauchy romantic thrillers, as opposed to her serious work, she and her agent, Troy, begin a clandestine series of rendezvous' around the country, promoting Zelda's books, and at the same time, start having an affair. So far, so good. But then it careers off out of control, with episodes of cross-dressing, gender transformation, and exactly who is role playing Zelda whilst dressed in the erotic underwear becomes less predictable. The ending, which I won't spoil, stretches belief a bit too far for me on many fronts, but like all Philippa Gregory's books, it's a very readable, if far fetched, novel.
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Some of Philippa Gregory's novels I love - A Respectable Trade, The Wise Woman for example. Some, however, are mediocre and this is one of them.
Literary novelist Isobel Latimer desperately needs money to keep a roof above the heads of herself and her ailing husband. So she writes a bonkbuster and creates her alter-ego 'Zelda Vere.' The story has some interesting plot devices, but I was unable to suspend my disbelief to properly enjoy them. I could just about cope with the fact that given a wig, expensive clothes and makeup, Isobel could get away with being Zelda Vere when she had to...but what happens at the TV studio when there's a quick change mid-programme (being vague here to avoid spoilers) is utterly stupid. How COULD anyone FAIL to notice the change? Come off it!
Gregory's comments on Isobel finding the notion of incest a turn on were interesting as she has covered the theme of incest several times in previous novels and it seems to be something that fascinates her as an author. The Other Boleyn Girl was rife with it.
I thought that the ending was abrupt and rushed and it left several threads either dangling or very loosely tied. Bottom line: Philippa Gregory is a superb author when she's on top form. Unfortunately she must have been having an off day when she wrote Zelda's Cut.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2013
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This is a disturbing novel which raises many questions about identity and personality as well as illness and its role in the lives of the individual concerned and its effect on those around them. Isobel Latimer has done well as a literary novelist but now her income is declining and she has kept the fact from her husband, Philip, because he is ill and she doesn't want to worry him. In a moment of madness she decides to create a new persona for herself and write a very different type of novel. Her agent, Troy, backs her whole heartedly and gets involved in Isobel's creation - the glamorous new author Zelda Vere.

Which is the real Isobel? The dowdy middle aged author of highbrow fiction? Or the exotic, mysterious and not very intelligent Zelda Vere? Is Philip really ill or is it all in his mind? Is Troy, the respectable literary agent or is he someone much deeper and more ambiguous? Isobel soon finds she has opened a Pandora's Box and once opened it is going to be impossible to stuff all the contents back and sit on the lid.

I loved this book and read it over a couple of days. It is well written and I liked Isobel and felt sorry for her. I thought the author portrayed the relationship between Isobel and her husband extremely well. The sexual roles are ambivalent and intriguing. To people used to reading `Fifty Shades of Grey' the sex scenes will seem quite tame but they were adventurous for mainstream fiction when this book was first published in 2000.

The novel can be read on many levels. It is a good story and can be read as such but it also has a theme of identity and personality which has a wider resonance if applied to the creation of online personas.
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Zelda's Cut was an erotic and hypnotic novel by this amazing writer. Very different form her more well known work such as The Queen's Fool or The other Boylen Girl. This book had my attention from beginning to end. With twists and turns you would never expect. Fall into the world of a struggling writer as she finds a side of herself she never even knew existed. Only take this journey if you can handle what she finds??
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By A Customer on 19 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book I've read by Philippa Gregory. The first was 'The Little House', which I found so chilling and enjoyable that I couldn't wait to read another by this author! 'Zelda's Cut' was so very different to 'The Little House' and totally unlike the type of novel I usually read. I loved it! It's as if a tiny bit of each genre of story has sneaked into this novel, causing it to alternate between elements of sadness, intrigue, sassiness and kinkiness! The transformation from the life of the rather dull Isobel Latimer and her selfish husband to that of the very flamboyant, ultra sexy/confident Zelda and her ambiguous lover is a real eye-opener. I couldn't stop reading this book and although I am far from old-fashioned in my outlook, the sexual encounters between Zelda and her agent made me question whether this was the same author that wrote "The Little House"! If you're not easily offended and love a book with a very unexpected twist to it, go out and buy this now!
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