Simply Divine Paperback – 7 Aug 2006
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"* '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"See all Product description
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Audiobook read by Jenny Sterlin - is at the extreme other end of the feel good scale and has my wanting to slit my wrists with a teaspoon. It is TERRIBLE. Jenny has managed to turn a funny and chirpy story into an audiobook that would inspire funeral mourners to throw themselves in with the coffin rather than listen to this awful rendition for more than a few minutes. I purchased mine from Audible (my trusty friend since 2007 or so) and I only managed 34 minutes and 8 seconds before I was compelled to return it. This is only the second book in almost 10 years that has seen me use this option. A computer generated voice would have given more passion & life to this story… listen to this at your peril
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!
So, with this working definition of chick lit in mind, this is really good. It's funny, it's fairly fast-paced, there are a couple of decent twists and turns, and the "evil" character is absolutely hilarious. Some people may find it predictable but, again, this is chick lit: it's not meant to keep you in wild suspense.
Read it like you watch your favorite soap operas!
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