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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 sixteen bestselling novels, most recently A Perfect Heritage and the number one bestsellers The Decision, The Best of Times and 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 seven 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 has four daughters, and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.

Author photo © Trevor Leighton

Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on PENNY VINCENZI

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 Barbara Taylor Bradford, Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Penny Vincenzi

A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi
Reader Reviewed A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
March 2015 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome. It is long, it is big, it is brilliant, perhaps...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
Lovereading Price: £6.39
A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi
Reader Reviewed A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
One of our Books of the Year 2014. June 2014 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome. It is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
Lovereading Price: £15.99
Love in the Afternoon and Other Delights by Penny Vincenzi
Love in the Afternoon and Other Delights
Penny Vincenzi
A strange miscellany – this is a collection of ten of her short stories as well as a few other musings about life. Lighter and much, much shorter than her usual blockbusting novels, fans will enjoy but those new to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
Lovereading Price: £5.59
The Decision by Penny Vincenzi
The Decision
Penny Vincenzi
One of the hallmarks of Penny Vincenzi’s bestselling books is that many of the characters are very far from nice. This is certainly the case in The Decision, set in the swinging sixties, socialite Eliza and up and coming Matt...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Old Sins by Penny Vincenzi
Old Sins
Penny Vincenzi
Penny Vincenzi’s first novel is every bit the thrilling blockbuster. Julian Morrell returned from WWII with a passion and drive to set up his own cosmetics industry and his mother’s careful financial management ensured that it grew to be a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/04/2012
Lovereading Price: £7.19
The Decision by Penny Vincenzi
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2011
Lovereading Price: £15.99
The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi
The Best of Times
Penny Vincenzi
The Best of Times opens with an horrific car crash – told in plain and simple terms – that becomes the central event in our characters’ lives. We’re taken back to discover something of how they lived before the accident...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/03/2010
Lovereading Price: £7.99
The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2009
Lovereading Price: £15.19
An Absolute Scandal by Penny Vincenzi
An Absolute Scandal
Penny Vincenzi
Before Bernie Madoff and his pyramid scheme brought the wealthiest in the world to their knees, there was another scandal with Lloyds of London, it’s ‘Names’, and the asbestos reinsurance crisis that would ruin many. It’s not, perhaps, the most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2008
Lovereading Price: £7.99
The Dilemma by Penny Vincenzi
The Dilemma
Penny Vincenzi
Fans of Vincenzi may not feel that this, her sixth novel, is her best and those new to her should certainly start elsewhere but it’s still full of all the twists, turns and thrills you’d expect from such a fantastic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/05/2007
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Another Woman by Penny Vincenzi
Another Woman
Penny Vincenzi
At the beginning of Another Woman, Vincenzi’s fourth novel, Cressida Forrest and Oliver Bergin are hosting a dinner for their closest friends and family the night before their wedding. But the next morning Cressida has vanished and almost more secrets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/02/2007
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Almost a Crime by Penny Vincenzi
Almost a Crime
Penny Vincenzi
One of Vincenzi’s contemporary novels, set in the nineties as New Labour come to power. Octavia and Tom Flemming seem to have it all till Octavia discovers that Tom is having an affair and her life utterly falls apart. If...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2007
Lovereading Price: £7.19
Forbidden Places by Penny Vincenzi
Forbidden Places
Penny Vincenzi
Grace, Florence and Clarissa are three very different women with very different lives and this novel, Vincenzi’s fifth, is all about how the monumental events and social evolution of World War Two inexorably change them. Gripping, tantalising, packed with as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2006
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Outrageous Affair by Penny Vincenzi
Outrageous Affair
Penny Vincenzi
This is Vincenzi’s third novel and certainly one of her best. It opens with the suicide of a well-loved actor in the early 70s and we’re quickly told that revelations in a forthcoming book about him may be to blame....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2006
Lovereading Price: £8.79
No Angel by Penny Vincenzi
No Angel
Penny Vincenzi
This is the first in Vincenzi’s Spoils of Time trilogy that follows the Lyttons and their eponymous publishing house from the Edwardian belle époque to the ???? – though No Angel stops in the 1920s. Celia Lytton, the matriarch of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Into Temptation by Penny Vincenzi
Into Temptation
Penny Vincenzi
This is the final part of Vincenzi’s excellent Spoils of Time series (so don’t even think of reading it if you haven’t read the first two) and sees Lady Celia’s grandchildren now having affairs and adventures of their own whilst...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Something Dangerous by Penny Vincenzi
Something Dangerous
Penny Vincenzi
This is the second in Vincenzi’s glorious Spoils of Time trilogy and readers should definitely start at the beginning with No Angel. Celia Lytton’s children are all grown up and Something Dangerous focuses on their lives as twenties roar into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Windfall by Penny Vincenzi
Windfall
Penny Vincenzi
Set in the 1930s, this is a delight from start to finish. Cassia is a very normal housewife, married to a parochial doctor when she inherits a mysterious half a million pounds. At first she’s determined not to spend it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Wicked Pleasures by Penny Vincenzi
Wicked Pleasures
Penny Vincenzi
Penny Vincenzi’s second novel focuses on the dark and sometimes sordid secrets of an aristocratic banking dynasty. But this is far more than ‘just’ a family saga as Vincenzi adds plenty of suspense and thrills to this stylish and intriguing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
Lovereading Price: £7.99
Sheer Abandon by Penny Vincenzi
Sheer Abandon
Penny Vincenzi
Fans of Vincenzi may not feel this is her best book, though if you are a fan that’s not likely to stop you reading it, but if you’re new to her you’re better of starting elsewhere (such as No...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 13/08/2005
Lovereading Price: £7.99

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