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Simply Divine Hardcover – 14 Jan 1999

3.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Thus edition (14 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747222789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747222781
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.5 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,607,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"* '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.

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So not my thing really A TAD Mills and Boon .........I'm knowing the outcome even from the first chapter!!!!!!!lest hope I'm wrong !!!!!!,
Gonna take me ages to finish as its not a page turner for me!!!!,
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A delightful chic flic! I'm not much a a reader because I don't get the time but this book was rarely closed! Filled with light wit and humour and some fantastic characters. The way Holden portrays the character Champagne is brilliant - I think everyone knows someone just like her! The ending has a real twist that I was never expecting. Holden certainly kept me smiling with this divine book! Definatly my fave story yet from Wendy!
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Ok, so having read some of the other reviews on this page, it is not the most original book in it's puns, but who cares? Read it in the spirit in which it's meant - light relief and you'll probably enjoy it. I finished reading the book last night after choosing it for a little light relief and fun after reading the psychology books I've read of late and it was great. I even read bits aloud to my father and he laughed too. I will certainly be reading more of Wendy Holden's novels as I like her style of writing and her humour tickles me most of the time. Some of the stereotypes were a little obvious and some bits of the plot could have been deepened and developed, but I am not expecting it to be a great classic (and I am sure that some of the classics could be improved on in some ways too!)Well done Wendy, keep on writing and I'll keep on reading!
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Read "Wives of Bath" too also a magnificient read if you have not read "Wives of bath" I highly recommend...just started reading this novel and its again a good read...not finished it yet but fine
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Format: Paperback
Having read numerous glowing accolades to Wendy Holden's "acerbic wit" and "sparkling satire" I expected a lot more from this book than a catalogue of dull, unoriginal stereotypes. The humour is too obvious, the characters are two- dimensional and the plot, where she bothers to use one , is predictable and well worn. The puns are Jilly Cooper's, the characters are a poor imitation of Helen Fielding,s and the only decent line in the book was an insult she received herself from her former boss, apparently... Leave this one on the shelf, it is irrepressibly irritating.
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Simply Divine is an absolutely wonderful book with characters full of personality. Jane, the main character, has a good job working at a beauty magazine, and lives with her rather dull politician boyfriend. Her best friend Tally, from college, is a waif-like, fragile girl who is struggling to keep her family's manor house intact, with no help from her new-age hippy mother and silent Red-Indian boyfriend. Jane is then forced to work with the world's most famous (and unbearable) It-Girl, Champagne Divine. Jane is to write a column about Champagne every fortnight, telling of her activities over the past weeks. Jane slowly begins to hate her life and everyone in it, until a wild, one night stand with the man who lives above her, lights a new fire within her. Many other funny, ironic and embarrassing scenarios occur throughout the book, all revolving around Champagne, and Jane's deep hatred for her. From drunken dinner parties, to movie sets and weddings, this book is definitely worth reading. If you enjoy hearing about celebrity lifestyles and gossip, this book's for you. If you enjoy the ironic and painful episodes life deals us, this book is for you. If you love romance and heartache, once again this book is for you. I give it two very enthusiastic thumbs up, and five crowns!! Enjoy!
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The book promised to be witty and engaging. It was an okay read, but it left me wanting more. I could not really engage with the characters and did not find them that interesting. It was all a little too 'unreal' with too many coincidences. Lacking in substance.
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I absolutly loved this book, not bad to say I only read it coz I got it free with a mag! Since this book I have read every single one of Wendy Holden's, but without a doubt this is the best!
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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