on 22 April 2000
How great that these classic novels have at last been reissued! Jackie Collins is just a cheap imitation, Ms Susann really knew how to write a rauncy tale. The drink, drugs and sex of Valley of the Dolls are all here set against the backdrop of a USA TV network. Its booze, pills and beautiful people non-stop with a London orgy thrown in for good measure. Buy a copy now - you won't regret it! I'm sure you won't be able to put it down until you've read it from cover to cover....... (If you have seen the film - get this book to see all the bits that ended up on the cutting room floor).
on 26 September 2012
If someone nowadays wrote a book set in the 1960s it would not be at all like a book that was genuinely set in the 1960s. No modern day writer would be able to get away with having his/her characters smoke as much and drive cars after drinking copious amounts of spirits (none of the characters appear to drink wine in 60s New York - except at 'boring' dinner parties). The women take 2 hours to put on their 'faces' and wear 'slacks' so as not to look stood up in bars. The men sleep around and the women get labelled for the same. The salaries are hilarious and the lifestyles ... well read it for yourself. You will either find yoursef wishing you had been around in those heady times or thank God you weren't. It's a trashy read but a great one that you will struggle to put down. It's now a classic, almost a museum piece of living 'history' but I doubt it will find its way onto the school sylabus.(sp?)
You may struggle to like Robin Stone the leading character and some of his methods (the hilarious way he is able to summon his shrink at any time on any day and his vile encounter with a prostitute or his terrible behaviour with women - but it was written in a different time) and his near pathalogical behaviour but you will love this book! Read it with a cocktail preferably with a cocktail dress and full make up on.