Simply Divine Hardcover – 14 Jan 1999
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Twentysomething, magazine journalist Jane has enough stress--breaking up with her boyfriend, falling in love with a man who leaves the country the next morning and the spare tyre around her waist--without the added headache of the glamorous socialite Champagne D'Vyne, who pops effervescently into her life and proceeds to sour everything as their lives become inextricably intertwined.
Meanwhile, her best friend Tally's crumbling ancestral mansion in Lower Bulge is about to be sold off unless Jane can find a rich knight to come to Tally's rescue and, while she's at it, nab one for herself. The reader is launched into the world of double-barrelled socialites like the Front-Bottomes and Uppe-Timmselves, and the offices of the "Gorgeous" and "Fabulous" magazine worlds where only girls with slim calves and tinted bikini lines get onto the front covers.
Simply Divine sparkles with Wendy Holden's sharp, acerbic wit as she bursts the bubble of high society's extravagant pretensions and leaves the reader choking at some of her more shocking sentiments:
"How could [Tally] see that far? ... This honing of the optics came, Jane imagined, courtesy of the genetic inheritance of generations of Venerys scanning the horizons of their vast acreage. Being grand, however, had its downsides too. Like the girls at Fabulous, Tally had always suffered the most agonising of periods. Blue blood was evidently more painful."Wendy Holden holds nothing back in her outrageous satire on the rich and frivolous, from psychics to New Age ceremonies to modern, "glossy" bibles, she exposes the shallowness behind the façade --Nicola Perry
"* 'There are some fabulous one-liners and Ab-Fab style send ups of the more ludicrous side of journalism. Great fun' - Woman's Journal * 'It is rare, outside Wodehouse, that comic novels live up to their titles, but SIMPLY DIVINE is just that, to borrow from the Ab Fab critical lexicon. Wendy Holden writes a sort of profiterole prose, with paragraphs so funny and readable you worry about their calorie content' - The Sunday Times * 'Just the thing if you need something frothy, frivolous, and fun' - Harpers & Queen * 'Wickedly witty' - Esquire * 'Witty, well-observed, with some jolly super, quite unforgivable, puns' - bad heir" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Gonna take me ages to finish as its not a page turner for me!!!!,
Brilliant story, with lots of highs and lows, you can really feel for the girl, and genuinly do pray to god that she gets her guy, and that bloody awfull Champain get her come upence!
I would definatly recommend this book to everybody out there, it's a great summertime read, easy, relaxing, and great for the beach!
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It's no wonder this book is nearly impossible to find in the US - come on! "RED Indian"??? That's simply INSULTING. They're called 'Native Americans', dear. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sugarplum Fairy
Very prompt delivery and really delighted with book. Thank youPublished 23 months ago by j m edwards
Probably her best yet with brilliant descriptions of life in a magazine publisher's office. As always with Wendy, no matter how bad things get there is always a happy ending. Read morePublished 24 months ago by AGHall
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