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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409120902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Dizzingly fast and exciting. (ESSENTIALS MAGAZINE)

A romantic and enchanting story (BELLA MAGAZINE)

Gripping (GLAMOUR MAGAZINE)

I devoured it like a hungry wolf. It has everything: a crumbling mansion, a fractured family and long-buried secrets all mixed in with the seductive glamour of 1980s Soho. There are monsters in the shadows, but a sense of belonging wins out - belonging to a place, to a family and deep in someone's heart. Enchanting! (VERONICA HENRY (AUTHOR))

This was an amazing book full of family secrets and devastating events that really pulled at my heart-strings. Even though it made me cry, I really loved this book and would read it again (Book Blogger MICHELLE, BOOK MAGNET)

The Glittering Art of Falling Apart is just so haunting and fantastically written. I know I will be thinking about the Tempest family for a long time to come. If you read this book, make sure you have tissues handy. You will need them! (Book Blogger TRISH, TRISH ON A BUS)

Ilana Fox IS back -with a sparkling fairytale for our times. I devoured it like a hungry wolf. It has everything: a crumbling mansion, a fractured family and long-buried secrets all mixed in with the seductive glamour of 1980s Soho. There are monsters in the shadows, but a sense of belonging wins out - belonging to a place, to a family and deep in someone's heart. Enchanting. (Veronica Henry)

A fascinating dual timeline story of family secrets and surprises (ALEX GORDON PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

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1980s Soho. Parties, love affairs and secrets . . .

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I loved this book. It is a must-read and will appeal to people who like a multitude of fiction genres. I have to say that I was expecting something very different. Purely as a result of reading the title I was prepared for chick-lit, bling, glamour and a novel with no depth to it. What I was actually given was not far short of a period drama, complete with mystery, suspense, romance – you name it and it’s there.

The book is set in the present day where we have Cassie, a quiet, thoughtful young woman who lives in London with her parents and siblings and works in a bookshop. Her family have aristocratic connections but have fallen on harder times and need to sell the empty and crumbling family mansion. It soon becomes apparent that there are connections with Eliza who lived in Soho in the 1980s and whose story is revealed through her diaries which Cassie finds and reads.

That is really all that I am prepared to say about the story as any prior knowledge will ruin a fantastic novel. The success of the book lies in the twists and turns (of which there are plenty), the family secrets, the suspense, the very likeable characters and yes, there is romance too.

I have never read any other books by this author but I certainly intend to start – if they are all as good as this one I have plenty of treats in store. I do think that this book would be a lot more successful if the title was changed. Marketing it as chick-lit seems a bizarre approach for a book which clearly doesn’t fit into this category. It is likely to have the effect of alienating a large potential audience of readers.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2016
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Beaufont Hall is now neglected, but it used to be grand. Cassie loves the house and has always longed to live there, but her mother doesn't want to. Cassie dreams of a romantic life in Beaufont Hall, but there are too many painful memories there for her mother, who wants to sell the place as soon as possible. Cassie has one last chance to make some memories of her own, good ones this time. Together with Ed, whose family used to work at Beaufont Hall, she tries to improve the state of the house, so it can be put on the market. She secretly wants to come up with a plan to save it though. While sorting through the things that have been left behind Cassie finds several diaries. They belong to a family member, but Cassie has never heard of her. Slowly she uncovers some big family secrets...

Eliza wants to have a life. She's bored with her daily routine of going to school and living with her parents in a small house on an estate where nothing exciting ever happens. Together with a new friend who wants the same things she finds a squat in Soho and she moves out of her parental home before the end of her last school year. That is when she can finally really start living. Soho is where it all happens and Eliza loves it there. Only will it keep its magic or will Eliza get bored again? She isn't very good at taking care of herself. What will happen to her when things get out of hand?

The Glittering Art of Falling Apart is such a beautiful, gripping story. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I loved the stories of both Cassie and Eliza. Eliza's life is wild and out of control. The eighties are an interesting time and for a while she even manages to become famous.
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In 1960, love at first sight. Lillie Tempest's marriage to American Bertie Boyle means she will never again set foot in Beaufont, the family's Buckinghamshire mansion. Why so firmly excluded? Over fifty years later relative Cassie resolves to visit the stately home, now derelict. Will she uncover the secrets that mystify? Did something more sinister cause such a rift? Ahead lie surprises, discovery of diaries kept by Lillie's daughter Eliza helping to shed light....

Others have enjoyed the novel very much. It may be a gender/generation thing, but sadly I never became more than an observer. Normally I relish sharing characters' highs and lows, genuinely saddened when certain ones die. Here for me there came no involvement, those depicted remaining firmly on the page. Throughout I longed for increased depth - people more substantial with a life of their own, not forever rather shallow creations following paths carefully mapped out. After all she goes through, Eliza herself is surely one we should care far more about, but everything tends rather blandly to be described.

The title may puzzle a little, it seeming to suggest a work more jokey.

There is nothing actively to dislike, the novel perhaps best regarded as an agreeable very light read. Action alternates between the present and 1980's, depiction of Soho as it was then arguably the most interesting aspect. It intrigues that Soho is where writer Ilana Fox particularly likes to be.
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This book was just what I thought it would be in a read and more.

Old house steeped in history and lots of skeletons that come out throughout. Glitz, glamour and the 80's mayhem is all packed into this read and it did make me remember a few things from back then too. Cassie I loved her character at times had me wanting to her help, the clutter and mess at the old family home. Eliza a force to be reckoned with at times but also at times you have empathy for her, both of these main characters I felt seemed real. Well let's just say glad I did not have to do all that clearing out of stuff. Here though is where the story gets it deeper meaning from, Going through dusty time neglected bookshelves she comes across something which gets her looking at her families past and what she uncovers and finds out along the way had me not wanting to put it down.

Just a good read to curl up with and enjoy.
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