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Wendy Holden - Author

About the Author

Number One bestselling author Wendy Holden has written ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. A former journalist on the Sunday Times, Tatler and the Mail on Sunday, she contributes to a range of publications and is a TV and radio regular. She was a judge for the Costa 2013 Novel and Book of the Year Awards. Wendy lives with her husband and two children in Derbyshire.

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Featured books by Wendy Holden

Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Welcome to Branston College ...We are an academic institution in the heart of an ancient university town. Our architecture might not feature dreaming spires, but the central dome nonetheless casts a characterful shadow. Amenities include a distinctive subterranean bar and a newly renovated garden where you can observe local wildlife. Diana is starting a new life as gardener at Branston, a challenging restoration project which allows her to indulge a love of delphiniums beneath the disconcerting gaze of dishy but remote Richard, the recently widowed College Master. A new term brings new students, among them It Girl Amber, darling of the gossip columns and dead ringer for inclusion in the university's notorious elite society. As lustful teenagers and crabby tutors run riot in Diana's garden, her peaceful haven is trampled, and then a blast from the past threatens to ruin a new romance. Can anything save Diana's hard-won happiness, let alone her herbaceous borders?

Other books by Wendy Holden

Last of the Summer Moet

Last of the Summer Moet

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

TREAT YOURSELF to a sparkling romantic comedy... Last of the Summer Moet is a bottle of champagne in book form! Wendy Holden's warm and funny comic heroine Laura Lake is back. And this time, she's gone rural... Laura Lake, editor of glossy magazine Society, is always on the hunt for scandalous scoops to fill her pages. Now she's discovered a top-secret village in the English countryside where the rich and famous own weekend retreats. Where film stars, Turner-prize winners and billionaires park their helicopters outside the gastropub and buy GBP100 sourdough loaves from the deli. Outsiders are strictly forbidden. But luckily Laura's best friend Lulu, a logo-obsessed socialite with a heart as huge as her sunglasses, suddenly fancies a quiet life in the country... But life in this enchanted rural idyll is harder than it looks. A brawl at the world's poshest pub quiz nearly brings down the government. And gossip from rehearsals of the midsummer pantomime threatens to tear the village apart... Can Laura write her expose before the snobbish villagers blow her cover and suss her true identity? 'Effing marvellous' JILLY COOPER. 'So, so smart and funny' INDIA KNIGHT. 'Hilarious, clever and compulsively readable ... total bliss' DAILY MAIL.

Last of the Summer Moet

Last of the Summer Moet

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

TREAT YOURSELF to a sparkling romantic comedy... Last of the Summer Moet is a bottle of champagne in book form! Wendy Holden's warm and funny comic heroine Laura Lake is back. And this time, she's gone rural... Laura Lake, editor of glossy magazine Society, is always on the hunt for scandalous scoops to fill her pages. Now she's discovered a top-secret village in the English countryside where the rich and famous own weekend retreats. Where film stars, Turner-prize winners and billionaires park their helicopters outside the gastropub and buy GBP100 sourdough loaves from the deli. Outsiders are strictly forbidden. But luckily Laura's best friend Lulu, a logo-obsessed socialite with a heart as huge as her sunglasses, suddenly fancies a quiet life in the country... But life in this enchanted rural idyll is harder than it looks. A brawl at the world's poshest pub quiz nearly brings down the government. And gossip from rehearsals of the midsummer pantomime threatens to tear the village apart... Can Laura write her expose before the snobbish villagers blow her cover and suss her true identity? 'Effing marvellous' JILLY COOPER. 'So, so smart and funny' INDIA KNIGHT. 'Hilarious, clever and compulsively readable ... total bliss' DAILY MAIL.

Last of the Summer Moet

Last of the Summer Moet

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2018

TREAT YOURSELF to a sparkling romantic comedy... Last of the Summer Moet is a bottle of champagne in book form! Wendy Holden's warm and funny comic heroine Laura Lake is back. And this time, she's gone rural... Laura Lake, editor of glossy magazine Society, is always on the hunt for scandalous scoops to fill her pages. Now she's discovered a top-secret village in the English countryside where the rich and famous own weekend retreats. Where film stars, Turner-prize winners and billionaires park their helicopters outside the gastropub and buy GBP100 sourdough loaves from the deli. Outsiders are strictly forbidden. But luckily Laura's best friend Lulu, a logo-obsessed socialite with a heart as huge as her sunglasses, suddenly fancies a quiet life in the country... But life in this enchanted rural idyll is harder than it looks. A brawl at the world's poshest pub quiz nearly brings down the government. And gossip from rehearsals of the midsummer pantomime threatens to tear the village apart... Can Laura write her expose before the snobbish villagers blow her cover and suss her true identity? 'Effing marvellous' JILLY COOPER. 'So, so smart and funny' INDIA KNIGHT. 'Hilarious, clever and compulsively readable ... total bliss' DAILY MAIL.

Last of the Summer Moet

Last of the Summer Moet

Author: Wendy Holden Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2018

TREAT YOURSELF to a sparkling romantic comedy... Last of the Summer Moet is a bottle of champagne in book form! Wendy Holden's warm and funny comic heroine Laura Lake is back. And this time, she's gone rural... Laura Lake, editor of glossy magazine Society, is always on the hunt for scandalous scoops to fill her pages. Now she's discovered a top-secret village in the English countryside where the rich and famous own weekend retreats. Where film stars, Turner-prize winners and billionaires park their helicopters outside the gastropub and buy GBP100 sourdough loaves from the deli. Outsiders are strictly forbidden. But luckily Laura's best friend Lulu, a logo-obsessed socialite with a heart as huge as her sunglasses, suddenly fancies a quiet life in the country... But life in this enchanted rural idyll is harder than it looks. A brawl at the world's poshest pub quiz nearly brings down the government. And gossip from rehearsals of the midsummer pantomime threatens to tear the village apart... Can Laura write her expose before the snobbish villagers blow her cover and suss her true identity? 'Effing marvellous' JILLY COOPER. 'So, so smart and funny' INDIA KNIGHT. 'Hilarious, clever and compulsively readable ... total bliss' DAILY MAIL.

Laura Lake and the Luxury Press Trip

Laura Lake and the Luxury Press Trip

Author: Wendy Holden Format: eBook Release Date: 13/07/2017

Laura Lake is the deputy editor of glossy mag Society. She's been asked to write an exclusive on celebrity getaway Coconut Cay, a private paradise belonging to billionaire businessman James Redmond. When a couple of pompous journalists turn up unexpectedly, scuppering Laura's chances of an exclusive, she decides to enjoy the glittering sea and golden Caribbean sands instead. But Laura soon discovers that the hi-tech, haute luxe, seven-star comfort of Coconut Cay hides some dark secrets. And she's determined to get the scoop before her rivals...

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

She'll need a triple-barrelled name for the castle one. She'll need a gallon of glitter for the woodland one. She'll need a lobster-shaped hat for the Shoreditch one. Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she's an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine - sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapes. But she's just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy expose. Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites - and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down... 'Effing marvellous' JILLY COOPER.

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings

Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

She'll need a triple-barrelled name for the castle one. She'll need a gallon of glitter for the woodland one. She'll need a lobster-shaped hat for the Shoreditch one. Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she's an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine - sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapes. But she's just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy expose. Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites - and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down... 'Effing marvellous' JILLY COOPER.

Three Weddings and a Scandal

Three Weddings and a Scandal

Author: Wendy Holden Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2017

'Effing marvellous' JILLY COOPER. A laugh-out-loud new novel that fans of The Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella will love! Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she's an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine - sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapes. But she's just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy expose. Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites - and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down... Previously published as Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings.

Honeymoon Suite

Honeymoon Suite

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Wendy Holden, the number one bestselling queen of romantic comedy, returns with a warm tale that is sure to charm her many fans and delight those who can't get enough of Kathy Lette and Jane Green. 'An author guaranteed to lift your spirits' Grazia When Nell is marooned at the altar, her feisty best friend Rachel says she'll come with her on honeymoon instead. Why waste a week in a posh country hotel? So the duo, plus Rachel's Agatha Christie-obsessed small daughter Juno, head for the hills and idyllic Edenville, on the edge of the beautiful Pemberton estate. Awaiting them is a cast of colourful characters from Jason the harassed hotel manager to the ruthless Angela, Director of HR. Not to mention the handsome Dylan, a bestselling writer on the run from his past. Nell doesn't want to go back to London, so when a job on the estate comes up, she's happy to stay. Even if it is arranging weddings in the Big House! As she becomes entangled in the lives of the locals - and they weave their way into her heart - she realises there might be a way to reach the rainbow's end after all.

Born Survivors

Born Survivors

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2015

Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were newly pregnant, and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared, and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left: their lives, and those of their unborn babies. That the gas chambers ran out of Zyklon-B just after the babies were born, before they and their mothers could be exterminated, is just one of several miracles that allowed them all to survive and rebuild their lives after World War II. Born Survivors follows the mothers' incredible journey - first to Auschwitz, where they each came under the murderous scrutiny of Dr. Josef Mengele; then to a German slave labour camp where, half-starved and almost worked to death, they struggled to conceal their condition; and finally, as the Allies closed in, their hellish 17-day train journey with thousands of other prisoners to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. Hundreds died along the way but the courage and kindness of strangers, including guards and civilians, helped save these women and their children. Sixty-five years later, the three 'miracle babies' met for the first time at Mauthausen for the anniversary of the liberation that ultimately saved them. United by their remarkable experiences of survival against all odds, they now consider each other siblings of the heart. In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden brings all three stories together for the first time to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the war. A heart-stopping account of how three mothers and their newborns fought to survive the Holocaust, Born Survivors is also a life-affirming celebration of our capacity to care and to love amid inconceivable cruelty.

Haatchi and Little B - Junior edition

Haatchi and Little B - Junior edition

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

When Haatchi was injured by a train, he lost one of his legs and his tail - a huge problem for such a big dog. He needed some serious love; he needed to find his perfect Forever Home. And then Haatchi met Owen. Owen was finding life hard too. He also needed some love. And, like Haatchi, he had a lot of love to give . . . This is the inspiring true story of the best friends who can overcome any problem together. Because, after all, it doesn't matter how many legs or wheels you have, it's who journeys with you.

Haatchi and Little B

Haatchi and Little B

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Haatchi and Little B tells the inspiring and moving true story of Owen Howkins (also known as Little B, short for 'Buddy') and Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd dog who was abandoned on a railway line as a puppy and left for dead. Thankfully, Haatchi was rescued, despite sustaining severe injuries. And so Haatchi, in turn, was able to rescue Owen, at the time an anxious and withdrawn little boy born with a rare genetic disorder, who found it hard to make friends. But Owen fell in love with his new three-legged canine housemate at first sight, and life would never be the same. The touching story of this dynamic and loveable duo is a life-affirming tale of happiness and friendship.

Haatchi & Little B

Haatchi & Little B

Author: Wendy Holden Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

#1 International BestsellerWhen Owen met Haatchi, the lives of one adorable little boy and one great, big dog were destined to change forever.Owen-known to his family as "e;little buddy"e; or "e;Little B"e;-has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi-an adorable Anatolian Shepherd puppy-was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. He was struck by an oncoming train, and although his life was saved, his leg and tail were partially severed. Haatchi was left massively disabled and totally dispirited.But kind-hearted Will and Colleen Howkins, Little B's father and step-mother, decided to introduce the big dog and the little boy to each other, and an unbelievable bond was formed that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways.Wendy Holden's Haatchi & Little B is the true story of an astonishing little boy, a very special dog, and the inspiring, inseparable pair that they make together.

Echte Freunde

Echte Freunde

Author: Wendy Holden Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Ein kleiner Junge und ein groer Hund haben beide die Schattenseiten des Lebens kennengelernt. Wahrend Owen an einer seltenen Krankheit leidet und an den Rollstuhl gefesselt ist, wurde Haatchi an ein Bahngleis gebunden und von einem Zug erfasst, wodurch er ein Bein verlor. Beide kennen das Gefuhl, Auenseiter zu sein, fur beide ist jeder Tag ein Kampf. Erst ihre Freundschaft schenkt ihnen das Vertrauen in sich und zu anderen, und so entdecken beide das groe Gluck, nicht allein zu sein.

Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Welcome to Branston College ...We are an academic institution in the heart of an ancient university town. Our architecture might not feature dreaming spires, but the central dome nonetheless casts a characterful shadow. Amenities include a distinctive subterranean bar and a newly renovated garden where you can observe local wildlife. Diana is starting a new life as gardener at Branston, a challenging restoration project which allows her to indulge a love of delphiniums beneath the disconcerting gaze of dishy but remote Richard, the recently widowed College Master. A new term brings new students, among them It Girl Amber, darling of the gossip columns and dead ringer for inclusion in the university's notorious elite society. As lustful teenagers and crabby tutors run riot in Diana's garden, her peaceful haven is trampled, and then a blast from the past threatens to ruin a new romance. Can anything save Diana's hard-won happiness, let alone her herbaceous borders?

Marrying Up

Marrying Up

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

She stopped at nothing. To get everything. Scheming social climber Alexa may be humbly born. But she's a class-hopping cruise missile aimed at the very top of the gold-digging tree. Only a title, mansion and family tiara will do. Befriending feckless aristo Florrie (three surnames plus black hole where her brain should be) means the grandest doors swing open and the prince of her dreams is in sight. But has Florrie's mother, the formidable Lady Annabel, rumbled what Alexa is up to? Beautiful but penniless student Polly, meanwhile, is in love. Is Max, the handsome young vet she's found in a country lane, quite as ordinary as he seems, however? Passionate love, eye-widening snobbery and more than naked ambition abound in this contemporary Cinderella tale - a deliciously satirical novel of the upwardly mobile.

The School for Husbands

The School for Husbands

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2007

Sophie's marriage was perfect, but now it's all gone wrong. Mark works late; she's left with the baby, domestic drudgery, her own career to keep on the go and the growing feeling that Mark is having an affair. When he fails to come home one night it's the last straw. Sophie wants a divorce. But Mark doesn't. He hasn't been unfaithful, just thoughtless. Desperate not to lose his family, he signs up to the 'School for Husbands', which transforms hopeless spouses into perfect marriage partners. But will its intensive and unusual tuition be enough to get him back with Sophie? Especially now an eligible millionaire is after her...

Bad Heir Day

Bad Heir Day

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2006

Anna's boyfriend Seb is impossibly handsome, impossibly rich and generally just impossible. When eventually he dumps her, she vows to give up men and throw herself into her career. Which is how she ends up working for Cassandra. The social climber from hell, Cassandra has a huge house in Kensington, a philandering rock star husband and the spawn of Satan for a son. So when desperate-to-escape Anna meets dashing Jamie, charming heir to a castle in Scotland, she can't believe her luck. And she probably shouldn't...

Simply Divine

Simply Divine

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2006

'A modern day Jilly Cooper' Glamour. A witty, well-observed tale from bestseller WENDY HOLDEN, author of MARRYING UP and FAME FATALE. Champagne D'Vyne is a celebrity socialite with a charmed life - and a mania for men, money and fame. Jane is a journalist with an ordinary life - love stress, work stress and a spare tyre that won't go away. As their contrasting worlds become bizarrely intertwined, Jane realises that the blonde, busty and blatantly ambitious Champagne will let nothing come between her and what she wants. Least of all Jane.

Fame Fatale

Fame Fatale

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2006

A sparklingly witty novel from the bestselling author WENDY HOLDEN. For fans of GALLERY GIRL and BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. Ruthless, beautiful Belinda wants a rich and famous man. Her problem is that interviewing Z-list celebs offers zero opportunity for megastar-bagging. Gentle Grace, meanwhile, only wants a quiet life. Her problems include an egomaniac boyfriend, a meddling mother and a publishing job with the authors from hell. Belinda finally makes the A-list, while Grace finds fame thrust upon her in the shape of a handsome film star. As the girls' lives and careers spectacularly collide, their real problems begin...

Pastures Nouveaux

Pastures Nouveaux

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2006

Cash-strapped Rosie and her boyfriend Mark are city folk longing for a country cottage. Rampantly nouveaux-riches Samantha and Guy are also searching for rustic bliss - a mansion complete with mile-long drive and hot and cold running gardeners. The village of Eight Mile Bottom seems quiet enough, despite a nosy postman, a reclusive rock star, a glamorous Bond Girl and a ghost with a knife in its back. But there are unexpected thrills in the hills. The local siren seduces Guy while mysterious millionaire makes Rosie an offer she can't refuse. But should she?

Azur Like It

Azur Like It

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2006

Kate, a journalist in a small northern town, is fed up with covering black pudding championships for the Slackmucklethwaite Mercury and living with Mum, Dad and Gran in a semi called Wits End. When evil tycoon Peter Hardstone takes over the paper, slashes budgets and sacks staff, Kate's career hits an all-time low. Gloom turns to glamour once Hardstone's sexy son arrives to work on the Mercury. And when Kate's sent with him to cover the glittering Cannes Film Festival, she can't believe her luck. But it's not all fun and games: behind the glitz and sunshine lies a dark mystery that is Kate's most challenging newspaper assignment yet.