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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (7 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755329767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755329762
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Review

With a wry nod to her own nomination for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award, Wendy Holden's third novel, Fame Fatale, explores what happens when the literati and the glitterati become entangled. Grace Armiger works for Hatto and Hatto, a crumbly old publisher who produce "books that no one reads" by "obscure and unsuccessful authors". When not tripping over Louis de Bernières at literary parties (something of an occupational hazard for all of the bookish types in this novel), Grace tries "interesting uninterested journalists" in Hatto's wares, usually with little success. If her professional life is a mess then her personal life is (surprise, surprise) even worse. Her ardent Marxist boyfriend Sion, the author of the catchily entitled thesis "Why New Labour are Bastards", is not above discarding his principles and his underpants to further his career. A fling with Hatto author Henry Moon, after one too many glasses of Pinot Grigio (Chardonnay is obviously passé in literary circles these days), leaves Grace feeling confused. Her best friend Ellie and diplomat mother, Lady Armiger, are not short of dating advice but her cleaner Maria (who may have just discovered the next Harry Potter) appears to be casting a very bizarre spell on her love life.

Add Champagne D'Vyne, Holden¹s stock vacuous socialite (this time she's gone spiritual); Belinda Black, a big-breasted, leather-skirted, tabloid hack; and Red Campion, an oh-so-sensitive (but possibly sex-addicted) movie star and wannabe writer and an array of familiar comic set pieces are in motion. Fans will delight in (and detractors will still hate) the bad puns, bad sex, slim plotting and an ending that is, without giving too much a way, pure Mills and Boon. Holden is never going to be Evelyn Waugh but there's enough satirical bite to this frothy celebrity romp to make it stand out from the crowd.--Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A sparkling new comic novel' Publishing News (Publishing News)

Fiendishly funny satire (Daily Mail)

Teeming with outlandishly randy characters...it bounces along with smart sendups of the literary scene and shows once again why Holden is a favourite on both sides of the Atlantic (Publishers Weekly)

'An entertainingly frothy tale' Waterstone's Books Quarterly (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

'[T]his bubbly and witty take on literary and media life...is the perfect novel for the celebrity addict on holiday.' B Magazine (B Magazine)

'an entertaining satire of the pitfalls of celebrity obsession' Play (The Times) (Play (The Times))

'the visual humour and sharp...dialogue make this novel an obvious choice for the Bridget Jones treatment' Play (The Times) (Play (The Times))

'Teeming with outlandishly randy characters...it bounces along with smart sendups of the literary scene and shows once again why Holden is a favourite on both sides of the Atlantic' Publishers Weekly 27/1/03 (Publishers Weekly)

'Fiendishly funny satire' Daily Mail (Daily Mail)

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Format: Hardcover
Having read all Wendy Holdens books, i couldnt wait for this one to come out.
Champagne is back with some other characters as well, but unfortunately this storyline doesnt seem to have the sparkle of 'simply divine' or 'Bad Heir day'
The so called Heroine of the tale made me want to shake her until her teeth cracked, she was just so blinking wet, I thought she would liven up but in the end she was totally predictable.
I eagerly await her next novel and hopefully the glamour and sparkle will be back, along with Champagne of course...
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Format: Paperback
I love this book. I started it in the morning and finished it in the afternoon. Could not put it down. Starts a bit slow but it is well worth reading through. I would definetely recommend it.
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Format: Paperback
It's so sad, that I actually had to give a bad review for this book. Usually I always find something worth wile in it, but unfortunately at this occasion I didn't. I keept reading, hoping the plot will change or something interesting might occur, but nothing happened. It is the first book that I actually would not finish reading, because there is nothing to make you interested in the story.
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Format: Hardcover
As my favourite author i have read all of her books and own them even, but this time with Fame Fatale (yet another brilliant pun) i have found that the plot is taking a long time to come in to play. I am a two thirds of the way through the book and the two main characters Grace and Belinda still have no collided as the summary tells us so. Even though, it is an addictive, funny, witty book. Wendy Holden shows her experience with PR's through this, in her case her PR are doing a good job! A good read but a bit slow.
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Format: Paperback
You feel you know the characters - you may hate them or you may love them but you'll never feel indifference. This book is really a very very funny read. It's not too challenging that you can't enjoy it in bed or in the bath yet it is not so mindless that you'd be ashamed to show it on the train! The plot is not predictable although every thing seems to turn out just as it should. Buy it, it'll be money well spent.
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Format: Hardcover
It's a sad society we live in when a book this bad becomes a bestseller. Constantly waiting for the climax (or even a bit of drama) and left disappointed from beginning to end. The plotline is slow and the characters undeveloped making the whole series of events seem unrealistic. Don't trust the synopsis on the back cover, because honestly...it lies to you!
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The book is brilliant. I really enjoyed reading it. Holden is at her usual best, and writes with the usual storyline of two different people from different backgrounds meeting in an unexpected way. Holden is good at this format, however, her books are becoming predictable. This does not distract from the excellent writing, and wonderful, feel good story.
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Format: Paperback
I didn't like the characters and the plot was unbelievable. I know I'm not convinced by a book when I find myself imagining the author sitting there writing, and in this case, desparately trying to think up jokes. I just couldn't get into it, even on a long train journey. It made me cross and I just didn't want to read it. So I stopped. I would rather read the free magazines. Or the instructions for the phone. Or the ingredients in my sandwich.
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