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Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. She is a Contributing Editor at American Vogue in New York, where she writes on fashion, society and Hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair magazine.
I so enjoyed this glamorous, over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek American “It” girl romp. It gives you the vocabulary and stamping ground of the super rich tied round a charming finding Mr Right tale as an English chic breathlessly relates her adventures. Such fun.Comparison: Alison Pearson, Candace Bushnell, Sophie Kinsella.Similar this month: Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin, Sheila O’Flanagan.
Nancy Mitford meets Clueless, with a touch of Agatha Christie, in this tale of cocktails, murder and mayhem in 1980s Oxford Oxford, 1985. Ursula Flowerbutton, a Fresher and wide-eyed country girl, arrives for her first term at the famous university. What she hasn't bargained on is finding a body. Oh, crumpets. Who killed the beautiful India Brattenbury? With the help of her fellow fresher, glamorous American Nancy Feingold, Ursula sets off to unravel the mystery. The girls' investigations lead them into a world of black-tie parties and dining societies, sex and secrets. Ursula soon realises that Oxford's not all Pimm's and punting. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloanes, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent.
Meet moi, 'a champagne bubble of a girl about town working at being a princess by day and by night on the prowl for that elusive, must-have accessory every girl simply demands: an impossibly rich fiance'. It shouldn't be too tricky. After all, her BFF is Julie Bergdorf, department store heiress, queen of Park Avenue and owner of hair universally acknowledged as the Perfect Shade of Blonde. Life is a whirl of ball gowns and blow-dries (which inevitably take waaay too long, because hairdressers always need to talk through their addictions). But, strictly entre nous, it can actually be tres draining to mix parties, peach bellinis and private jets ('PJs' to those fluent in globetrotting) while maintaining a standout collection of Chloe jeans and a job. How does she manage it? Plum Sykes lifts the lid on Manhattan's elite in this devilishly witty, deliciously addictive tale of the search for love - and the ultimate Manolos.
The New York Times bestselling second novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes, set in the cutthroat world of Manhattan's most eligible elite Sylvia Mortimer is licking her wounds somewhat: she's back from her honeymoon, and her husband is already AWOL. But then she meets Lauren Blount, queen bee of Manhattan's glamorous Debutante Divorcee set. Lauren's the gleaming, glossy proof that there's life after divorce - in fact, she wears it fabulously. But when New York's most notorious Husband Huntress sets her sights on Sylvia's new man, she starts to wonder - is Lauren right that no one needs a husband anyway? Or should she hold out for Happily Ever After II, stand up and fight for her man?
Brideshead, bon-bons, cucumber sandwiches - and now a murder Pimm's, punting and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books - and, perhaps, an invitation to a ball. But when she discovers a ghastly crime, she is catapulted into a murder investigation. Determined to unravel the case - and bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell - Ursula enlists the help of her fellow Fresher, the glamorous American Nancy Feingold. While navigating a whirl of black-tie parties and secret dining societies, the girls discover a surfeit of suspects. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloanes, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent. Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society, low morals and a middle-class girl, the first book in Plum Sykes's irresistible new series.