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An Absolute Scandal by [Vincenzi, Penny]
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Praise for AN ABSOLUTE SCANDAL: 'Buy on a Friday, get home, turn off the phone and emerge on Monday replete with a tale well told. Guilty pleasures? We certainly all have them and this is better than most' (Daily Express)

'The bonkbuster is definitely on the rise again as fiction gets chunkier and glossier. But despite stiff competition from a new vanguard of younger and arguably hipper writers, there's one name that continues to reign supreme, Penny Vincenzi' (Glamour)

'This is a big book and a terrifically entertaining one. It's also highly addictive' (Telegraph)

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Praise for AN ABSOLUTE SCANDAL: 'Buy on a Friday, get home, turn off the phone and emerge on Monday replete with a tale well told. Guilty pleasures? We certainly all have them and this is better than most' -- Daily Express 'The bonkbuster is definitely on the rise again as fiction gets chunkier and glossier. But despite stiff competition from a new vanguard of younger and arguably hipper writers, there's one name that continues to reign supreme, Penny Vincenzi' -- Glamour 'This is a big book and a terrifically entertaining one. It's also highly addictive' -- Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3008 KB
  • Print Length: 898 pages
  • Publisher: Review (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V091IY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I was surpised to read such mixed reviews of this novel. Some of the criticisms I agree with - there are some proof reading errors, and Vincenzi is not at her most convincing when writing dialogue for the supposedly working class characters (that is also true of Jilly Cooper). Part of the fun of reading books like this is you set aside such thoughts and absorb yourself in the lives of the rich and glamorous. I think her characterisation is fantastic on the whole, particularly of women. Almost all of the female main characters in her books are strong, brave, feisty and intelligent. I also thought the Lloyds scandal was a good choice of subject, it really sparked my interest in a way that a dryer book would not have. I now know what 'reinsurance' means, so I have learnt something! Overall although I thought this was her best yet.
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Format: Paperback
I totally disagree with the previous reader - I have just finished this book, being virtually unable to put it down. As in her other books, Penny draws you in gradually, her characters become like part of your own family. Yes, it was a long book (and too cumbersome to read in the bath!), but what a read! Slightly disappointed that I have read all the others and now have to wait for a new PV novel!
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Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of the Spoils of Time saga by Vincenzi I couldnt wait to start this new book.

The best assessment i can give is it is v good in parts but overall not her best work.

I think one of the problems being the main characters who 'suffer' are all Lloyds names with considerable amounts of wealth therefore the sympathy levels are not too high to start with.Vincenzi does build the story well and halfway through you do indeed have considerable empathy with the main characters and their misfortune.

She has obviously researched Lloyds and the financial world of the eighties with great detail and this certainly shows.

It is a 700 page novel and for the first 500 pages i was hooked , i thought the last third of the novel was overly long and the way some of the plots were concluded slightly dubious and at times unbelievable.

Overall i certainly enjoyed the novel and its vivid portrayal of recent history.As family sagas go its entertaining and informative, however when the main event of the book happens off page (a vincenzi device)it can be frustrating and plot devices are too contrived.

Overall a good holiday read , but maybe 200 pages needlessly too long.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
'An Absolute Scandal' is a classic Penny Vincenzi read, set in the 80s and full of upper-class characters, yet still a great, page turner with great characters and a well-researched plot line.

Centred around a group of Lloyds 'Names' who have been flung together to fight against losing their wealth - each member of this group consider that they have been swindled by Lloyds syndicates and duped into becoming 'Names'. It has become apparant that their investment is not as safe as it was always assumed and that Lloyds have covered up the losses they have made due to asbestosis claims.

It is so clear that Penny Vincenzi has done so much research into the events of this time, and although the ordinary everyday reader may not initially feel sympathy for the rich upper-class who lose their money, their individual stories show that these are in fact, real human beings who have been a victim of dubious selling and misrepresentation.

Penny Vincenzi draws some fabulous characters including some stereotypical upper-class twits, sloane ranger types and genteel widows. I suspect that like most people, I knew very little about the Lloyds fiasco and had no sympathy at all, but after reading this novel I began to realise that there was a lot of human tragedy hidden away behind the headlines. Of course, these characters are not real, and it is the author's aim to make the reader like them - and she suceeds.

A doorstep of a book, with almost 800 pages, but at no time was I bored or fed up with the storyline. It reads at a cracking pace, there is drama, a little romance and some pretty sad and emotional scenes. A perfect holiday read and one I enjoyed very much.
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Format: Hardcover
As a great PV fan, I bought this the moment it was available in the shops but somehow it just didn't do it for me. I truly hope that I'm not losing my taste for her novels but there were some things that just irritated me about this.

I suppose, given that it's about Lloyd's names, it was inevitable that most of the characters would be deeply posh but even so, their language and attitudes grated on me. And, once again, we have the last minute serendipitous salvation which is a hallmark of the Vincenzi novel but this time it was just too fortunate and too last minute.

My favourite of her books were the Spoils of Time trilogy, it would be wonderful if she could regain that form. Doubtless I shall rush out and buy the next book, hoping that I won't be disappointed by it, as I was by this one.
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Format: Hardcover
At first, I wasn't swayed to feel any particular sympathy for greedy buggers who lost their fortunes at Lloyds, since these were people who I felt got what they deserved back then and I still felt pretty much the same now. Still "An Absolute Scandal" did make me see their side and especially now that I am firmly part of the middle-class, my perspective is somewhat different and I am willing to see the side of these investors.

The best part of this book is the description of the eighties. You actually feel as if you're there experiencing that decade in all its glory and weirdness - doesn't seem so long ago, yet its a time removed from today in many ways, especially in style. The characters also seem believably eighties like Sloaney Lucinda.

I like this book but even with my newfound sympathy for people who lost money at Lloyds, a part of me still feels that they got what they deserved. I've also been reading "Nexus: A Neo Novel" and I think that's another good read.
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