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Wendy Holden (1) (1965–)

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The former deputy editor of "Tatler", Wendy Holden has worked at "Harpers & Queen", the "Sunday Times", & the "Sunday Telegraph". She currently works at the "Mail on Sunday". "Simply Divine", her debut novel, was an international bestseller, & is available in a Plume edition. (Publisher Provided) näytä lisää Wendy Holden was born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, England on June, 12 1965. She studied English at Girton College, Cambridge. Before becoming a full-time author, she was an editor at numerous magazines including Apollo, Harper's Bazaar, Sunday Telegraph Magazine, and Tatler. Besides writing numerous novels, she also regularly writes features for newspapers and magazines and is a regular television and radio contributor. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

Pastures Nouveaux (2001) 442 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Bad Heir Day (2000) 409 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Simply Divine (1999) 354 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Fame Fatale (2002) 284 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Wives of Bath (2005) 256 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Azur Like It (2004) 223 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Governess (2020) 216 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
School for Husbands (2006) 182 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Beautiful People (2009) 118 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Filthy Rich (2008) 90 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Full Monty (1998) 87 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Duchess (2021) 73 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Marrying Up (2011) 51 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Sunday Night Book Club (2006) — Avustaja — 44 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Gallery Girl (2010) 38 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Princess (2023) 27 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Three Weddings and a Scandal (2017) 24 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Gifted and Talented (2013) 17 kappaletta
Last of the Summer Moët (2018) 14 kappaletta
A View to a Kilt (2019) 10 kappaletta
Wild and Free (1600) 9 kappaletta
Simply Divine: AND Bad Heir Day (2004) 9 kappaletta
Honeymoon Suite (2016) 7 kappaletta
Lang lebe Ned Devine! (1999) 7 kappaletta

Associated Works

Girls' Night Out (2006) — Avustaja — 225 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua

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Re-read of a book I haven't read in ages. Some of the references are kind of dated, and very British, but it's a fun satire.
 
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Greenfrog342 | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 22, 2024 |
I don't know what made me buy this at the op shop, I am not a big fan of chick lit but I thought it would be an easy holiday read. I read it on a plane and it was a real dog's breakfast! So many stupid storylines, unbelievable and unlikeable characters and unrealistic situations. 1 star
 
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secondhandrose | Oct 31, 2023 |
Diana Spencer seems to have a privileged life but underneath is all she just longs to fall deeply in love like the heroines in her favourite Barbara Cartland novels. When she meets the dashing Charles, Prince of Wales, she thinks she will never meet anyone as wonderful again. Charles loves a woman he can't marry and his family (and the nation) are looking for a suitable bride. Diana ticks all the boxes, she is young, aristocratic and a virgin, so will family pressure and expectations bring together two people for both the right and the wrong reasons.
I was worried when I started this book that it would be a romantic fantasy with both characters portrayed at the ends of the spectrum of good and bad. In fact as historical fiction goes it is fairly frothy but it does seem to give a balanced picture. Diana does come across as a really nice girl, albeit one who was incredibly naive, Charles as a man bowed down by duty. Both parties went into the marriage with the right intentions but a successful relationship is built on more than that as history has shown and this story tries to add the romance to the start of the relationship.
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pluckedhighbrow | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 8, 2023 |
Royal based fiction is always going to be a winner for me and having read Wendy Holden's previous two books about royal outsiders I knew The Princess was going to be right up my street and a rollicking good read.

The Princess of the title is Diana, and this is the story of how she went from shy Lady Di to the Princess of Wales. We begin with a look into her childhood through the eyes of one of her childhood friends, Sandy, and then later we see Diana's rise to become the wife of the heir to the throne through her own eyes and others, such as Prince Charles, his valet and the Queen Mother. We follow Diana's sadness at her parents' divorce, through to her living with her three best friends at Coleherne Court, and the very circuitous route that eventually led to the aisle at St Paul's Cathedral in 1981. It was fascinating to read of the machinations behind the scenes to get Charles and Diana together. Of course, we now know that they would have been better off apart but at the time it was Diana's most fervent desire, especially after reading so many of her beloved Barbara Cartland romances, to meet her fairy prince and live happily ever after.

Holden writes Diana's story sympathetically, one of a young and naïve girl being steered into marriage. It seems almost unbelievable that this was the 1980s and not the 17- or 1880s but it shows how far women have come in the last forty years. I absolutely loved the detail in this book, the behind the scenes glimpses of royal life and tradition, and the girlish fun that Diana found in being with her friends or with the children she worked with. Although clearly a work of fiction, so much of the story is weaved around known facts and the research the author has carried out, and she's managed to create something that is both riveting and truthful. The Princess had me gripped from beginning to end and is my favourite kind of book. In fact, it will easily be one of my favourite reads of this year and one I won't forget. I'm feeling rather sad that this trilogy has come to an end - I'm thinking there's plenty of story potential in other members of the royal family…..! The Princess is absolute perfection for me.
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nicx27 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 14, 2023 |

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