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Penny Vincenzi - Author

Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK’s best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written thirteen bestselling novels, most recently An Absolute Scandal.


Her first ‘proper’ job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over four million copies of Penny’s books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the ‘doyenne of the modern blockbuster’ (Glamour).


Penny Vincenzi is married, with four daughters, and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.



I met Penny during my time as a journalist and thought she was wonderful. She's given me advice over the years as well as a quote for my own covers.  Penny's books have a wide cast of characters so there's something for most of us. She's also got a gift for creating settings so the smells and colours leap out of the pages.

If you like Penny Vincenzi you might also like to read books by Victoria Clayton, Julian Fellowes and Barbara Taylor Bradford

Featured Books, with extracts, by Penny Vincenzi

The Decision
Penny Vincenzi
A stunning new novel from No.1 bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. It's the vibrant '60s in which the life of fashion magazine editor Eliza clashes with her husband, a self-made property developer millionaire, over custody of their daughter. With drama, intrigue,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
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The Decision
Penny Vincenzi
September 2011 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A stunning new novel from No.1 bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. It's the vibrant '60s in which the life of fashion magazine editor...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2011
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The Best of Times
Penny Vincenzi
A split second in time can change so many lives. A car crash sets the scene for the fantastic new Penny Vincenzi novel with fate changing the course of the lives of all those involved but is it for the worse or for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/03/2010
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The Best of Times
Penny Vincenzi
July 2009 Good Housekeeping selection. The challenge of a shocking opener, as former GH columnist Penny Vincenzi says, is living up to the drama. Her fourteenth novel begins with a major crash on the M4 – in an instant, plans are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2009
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An Absolute Scandal
Penny Vincenzi
Shortlisted for the Popular Fiction Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Set in the 80’s this novel revolves around the events of the Lloyds scandal of that time. Plenty of characters to explore and involve yourself with and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2008
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Almost a Crime
Penny Vincenzi
Proving she is queen of the family dramas Penny Vincenzi delivers another great story. This time a seemingly perfect, high-profile marriage is rocked by the husband’s infidelities. Friends, careers and relationships all begin to crumble in the aftermath of this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2007
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Forbidden Places
Penny Vincenzi

Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2006
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Outrageous Affair
Penny Vincenzi

Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2006
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No Angel
Penny Vincenzi
At over 700 pages this tome might seem a bit daunting but Vincenzi is a great story teller and writes such great characters you will be hooked from page one.The first of the ‘Spoils of Time’ trilogy this novel begins...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
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Into Temptation
Penny Vincenzi
If family sagas are your thing the Spoils of Time trilogy is not to be missed. Great characters and superb plots spanning both World Wars make for plenty of passion, heartache, secrets and deceit. All the perfect ingredients for an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
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Something Dangerous
Penny Vincenzi
The second in the Spoils of Time trilogy follows the Lytton family through the Thirties and into World War Two. London, Paris and New York all make for glamorous backdrops but the overtones of war with the Nazis present a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
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Penny Vincenzi
Another great plot line about a married woman inheriting a fortune and how she suddenly see’s opportunities she can now take advantage of. This story is made all the more interesting by being set in the 1920’s and 30’s when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
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Wicked Pleasures
Penny Vincenzi

Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
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Sheer Abandon
Penny Vincenzi
She is such a lovely writer, the sort where you completely lose yourself in her characters and plot. A big, totally engrossing read of an abandoned baby, now a teenager, seeking her natural parents. Just a tad too much on...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 13/08/2005
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  • Sat, 5 Apr 2014 @ 21:52
    Well @Marikacobbold I know you can sing and I certainly can't so you shd know but I tht Jermaine was vv gd. Didn't like singing to mum tho..
  • Sat, 5 Apr 2014 @ 16:09
    I should carry a health warning for race horses. All three I picked fell. Fantastic race though.
  • Wed, 2 Apr 2014 @ 22:17
    I haven't got time to eat seven-a-day.
  • Fri, 21 Mar 2014 @ 09:50
    Brilliant piece by D. Ross in Times y'day saying why can't mothers leave each other to work or not, not criticise each other's choices. Yay!
  • Wed, 19 Mar 2014 @ 23:32
    How amazing is W1A. So perfectly ( word used advisedly) funny, favourite bit of all duel by folding bikes. Spilt wine laughing so much.
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