- 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)
Zelda's Cut Hardcover – Dec 2000
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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’
From the Back Cover
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"
"This is Gregory at her most chillingly convincing. Sunday lunch with the in-laws will never be the same"
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I always enjoy Philippa Gregory’s historical novels, the three contemporary ones I have read (The Little House; Perfectly Correct; Zelda’s Cut) all follow the same... Read morePublished 2 months ago by cumbraewitch
Gripping story with very unusual twist to the tail.!Published 5 months ago by Frank & Ethel Wendy Dowson
Unable to submit review with no stars. The most ridiculous, implausible story. Badly written and clearly churned out to make some money. Read morePublished 8 months ago by francesca devine
Have read lots of Philippe Gregory books. So just thought another good book to read. But I was mistaken. This book is the best one I have read in year's. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda smouton