The Affair Paperback – 23 May 2013
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‘With beautifully drawn characters and sensitive detail, The Affair draws you in and you won't want it to end. An accomplished, energetic, original new voice in fiction’ (Kate Kerrigan)
‘A fabulous evocation of sixties Rome and film star glamour, full of passion and romance – I loved this delicious novel’ (Lulu Taylor)
‘A page-turner of a novel’ (Hello! magazine)
‘Paul’s beguiling and compelling story captures all the thrilling and sometimes tawdry realities of life on a film set with its warring egos, inherent glamour and fascinating backstage detail as well as delivering a pulsating parallel love story to the famous Taylor-Burton romance. A gripping read perfect for those lazy summer days!’ (Blackpool Gazette)
‘An amazing, passionate story that is full of romance, deceit, lies and movie star glamour’ (TodayImReading.blogspot.co.uk)
‘A brilliant and passionate read that will transport you to a different era and have you on the edge of your seat as the tension rises. Perfect for fans of historical fiction, classic Hollywood movies and great love affairs’ (OneMorePage.co.uk)
‘A compelling story of love, passion, glamour and secrets, with famous actors and actresses and the stunning setting of Rome to sweep you off your feet. This is a novel that must not be missed, and is a firm favourite of mine! Wow!’ (ReadingInTheSunshine.wordpress.com)
‘I adored reading about Italian life in the early sixties, the fashions, the customs and the food, almost as much as I relished having a peek into life on the Cleopatra set. I cannot recommend this work highly enough for movie buffs, historical fiction fans, and just anyone who loves a good yarn! Fantastic stuff.’ (BookWormInk.co.uk)
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Top Customer Reviews
Gill has certainly done her research and I was so wrapped up in the world that she created that I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't real! Her descriptions feel very authentic and there is a wonderful level of everyday detail in the book along with fascinating facts about the film, fashions and sights of Rome at the time. Gill Paul has taken historical fact and woven it into a very personal story and I thought she really captured the moment in Diana's character as she tries to balance the lure of a once in a lifetime opportunity with her duty as a wife and takes a huge risk with her relationship to follow her heart.
Diana's experiences in Rome are a real eye opener for her as a character and surprised me as a reader! I didn't know much about the filming of Cleopatra or Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their relationship when I started reading and I was fascinated by the details of their affair and life on the movie set in Rome. But although this is a novel about a very famous affair, that story almost takes back seat to the dramas of Diana's own life as she settles into her new role. I really enjoyed the parallels between the the love stories in the book and I thought Diana's contact with Elizabeth was very well done and believable.
The Affair is cleverly plotted as we see the Hollywood spectacle from the other side through the eyes of young journalist Scott and an altogether darker side to the story through make-up artist Helen.Read more ›
Diana is employed as researcher during the filming of Cleopatra in Rome in 1961-62. She's clever, but hopelessly naive. Everyone is more streetwise, even the younger, very vulnerable makeup artist she befriends. Scott, the protagonist of a parallel story thread, is an American journalist, whose tale becomes intertwined with hers. He is another wet-behind-the-ears, straight out of Harvard and keen to bed as many girls as he can manage. In the background is the Taylor/Burton true-life soap opera, and when Diana meets them it creates some of the best moments of the novel. Always with a glass of something boozy at their elbows, they are smart-talking, magnetic and impossibly glamorous.
The 60s atmosphere is created very effectively through dialogue, detail, and attitudes without impinging on a fast-paced, compelling story of these people living the high life in a foreign land. It's a novel that also questions our attitudes to celebrity, yet it is a lot of fun to read. But most of all, it makes you wish you'd been there, living La Dolce Vita, supping Prosecco in a glitzy Roman cafe, riding on the back of a Vespa, and watching Elizabeth Taylor's feather boa catch fire as she danced a rumba.
Where's the sequel? I want more!
Diana's husband is far from happy about her latest project and the fact that she will be in another country for several months. Their marriage is rather rocky and the age gap does not help. She is 26, he is much older.
Diana arrives in Rome to find a haven of glamour and romance set against the backdrop of the beautiful city of Rome.
The old saying of "when in Rome" certainly comes into play in this novel as once sensible Diana becomes caught up in the romance of Italy as she brushes shoulders with the stars and samples the film set lifestyle and she becomes closer to Ernesto than she had planned.
Scott, a UK journalist, is also in Rome and although he is to report on the Taylor/Burton sensation, he decides to investigate and exposure a more troubling side to Italy after crossing the paths of some unsavoury characters.
The adventure for Diana does not end there when a work colleague, Helen, gets into danger and Diana gets caught up in the drama. Scott had been a friend to Helen and he just may be able to help Diana.
I love the old films and so I really enjoyed the cameo roles of some of my favourite actors/actresses. I liked the way the author gave Elizabeth Taylor a role in this novel rather than just a cameo.
Romantic, action packed, with a colourful cast. A great summer read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very well written well researched book!
I actually felt as if I were a fly on the wall in Rome! Loved the parallel affairs with Burton and Taylor! Read more
A fascinating premise but the first half of this story was so awful I nearly didn't finish it. The characters were flat and the writing amateurish and awkward (at one point Diana's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by LydgSquidge
Very engrossing all 79 chapters. Very difficult to put down. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 16 months ago by Geebee Wales.
Having read a story by this author based on the Titanic, where fact merged well with fiction, I expected to enjoy this one but I was very disappointed. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JPW
Excellent read,really enjoyed this book. Good story based off facts.Will read another by this author. Like these sort of stories.Published 21 months ago by S. B. Street
If you remember the period in which the book was set, then you will appreciate how Gill has captured the attitudes, expectations, dress and manners. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bakergirl
Transport yourself back to Rome of the early 1960s, the paparazzi have just found their niche, vespas are de rigueur, and the dolce vita is in full swing. Read morePublished on 24 July 2014 by TripFiction