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Rupert James is a celebrity and fashion journalist. He lives in London and is married to a barrister.
February 2010 Debut of the Month. To ‘take silk’, the term used for a barrister who wants to become a QC, and silk, the sumptuous material much loved by the fashion industry. This word links a high-powered mother and an ambitious daughter in a delicious tale of skulduggery, gangsters, sex and glamour. It is an absolute joy. Comparison: Penny Vincenzi, Tasmina Perry, Jackie Collins.
What does silk mean to you? A glorious, sensual material? The fashion world? Or to “take silk”? i.e. the term for becoming a QC. This cleverly mixes the world of both fashion and law in a blockbuster novel where a high profile divorce case could possibly ruin the barrister’s daughter’s ambitions. It is glitz, glamorous, page-turning stuff with bite. Comparison: Tasmina Perry, Penny Vincenzi, Tilly Bagshawe.