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Katie Agnew was born in Edinburgh and educated at Aberdeen University and City University, London. She worked as a journalist for many years, writing for Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Red and the Daily Mail amongst others. She was features editor on Marie Claire magazine for two years before becoming a novelist. Her first novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous, was published by Corgi in 2003 and won a WH Smith Fresh Talent award. Her subsequent novels, Before We Were Thirty and Wives V Girlfriends have been published to glowing reviews. Katie now lives in Bath with her family.
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Praise for Katie Agnew:
'Trust us, they don't come much bigger or better than this...Throw plenty of sex and scandal into the mix and you've found the perfect beach fodder. Just don't forget your SPF because you won't be shifting from that sun lounger all day. 5 stars'
'Exciting and surprising ... it's unputdownable'
'A scorching bonkbuster'
'A grown-up novel that excites from the off: Agnew has a keen eye on the dark side of the high life as well as its shallowness, and her writing is as lively as her plotting'
February 2013 eBook of the Month. From the author of Wives V Girlfriends comes another steamy romp full of romance, glamour, cocktails and languid Caribbean sunshine. Ever dreamt of escape? That's what Paradise promises: an ultra-exclusive hotel on the Caribbean island of St Barts. There, a retired actor from Hollywood's golden age has brought together a glittering selection of guests. But why are they there...and what are they hiding?
January 2012 Book of the Month. Packed with passion, glamour and danger, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS is an unmissable glimpse into the fame game - and the price you have to pay to play love, life and lust in the fast lane. Katie's novels are packed with glamour and drama, but with great heart and warmth too. She has also written Wives v Girlfriends and Saints v Sinners.
December 2010 Book of the Month. A good page-turner with lots of scandal, sex and glamour and despite its rather predictable ending, as is often the norm in this area, it was great fun getting there. It’s a blockbuster with bite, a family saga of high and low life, well worth losing yourself in. Comparison: Jo Rees, Rupert James, Jackie Collins.
Bling, bust-ups and make-ups, this is a scandalous slice of life of a family that seems to have it all – obscene wealth, talent, good fortune and beauty – until that is the head of the family falls or is perhaps pushed off a yacht and disappears into the Riviera night. The close family including the fourth wife are left heartbroken. Except nothing where money is involved is quite as it seems. Women, loads of them come out of the closet, each one with their own secrets to reveal and to set the family on a downward spiral of destruction. Can the family be saved or is it too late.
This will grip from the first, brilliant opening page. It’s not quite what you might be expecting and makes for a compelling page turner as you race through to find out what has happened and who it has happened to. Sounding a bit cryptic? Well, read the opening chapter and see what we mean. A brilliant blockbuster with great characters set in beautiful locations, pure escapism.
What are the secrets we pass on? I can still recall how cold the pearls felt on my bare neck as Mr Fitzroy secured the clasp and how heavy they were. I also remember that they were far, far too long for me. But, oh how mesmerising I found those pearls... Tilly Beaumont was a legend in Hollywood's golden era, her days were full of glamour and adventure but now her health is failing and she's ready to tell her story. From her hospital bed, Tilly sends her granddaughter, Sophia, letters with stories about her life, about old family secrets and a beautiful necklace made of incredible pearls. If Sophia will listen, she could unlock the story of generations of remarkable women and find that this necklace has changed the lives of all who have worn it. The only problem? No one knows where it is. Sophia must decide if she's ready to take on the search for something so perfect it can change a life. Wouldn't a girl do anything to hold that in her hands?
I can still recall how cold the pearls felt on my bare neck as Mr Fitzroy secured the clasp, and how heavy they were. I also remember that they were far, far too long for me. But, oh how mesmerising I found those pearls... Sophia Beaumont-Brown was an IT girl. But now she's in the papers for all the wrong reasons. Single, sofa-surfing and not speaking to her family, only her grandmother has any faith left in her. From her hospital bed, Tilly Beaumont sends Sophia letters about her life: dispatches about wartime England, about family secrets and finally, about the most beautiful thing she ever owned - a necklace of the most incredible pearls. If Sophia's prepared to listen, she'll unlock the secret story of generations of incredible women, from the pearl divers of Japan, to high society in pre-war England, and find that the necklace has changed the lives of all who have worn it. The only problem? No one knows where it is. Sophia must find out if she's ready to take on the search for something so perfect it can change a life. Wouldn't a girl do anything to hold that in her hands?