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An Absolute Scandal by Penny Vincenzi
  

An Absolute Scandal

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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 obvious choice for a novel but it gives Vincenzi the opportunity to indulge in a great deal of gloriously unpleasant members of the 80s upper class and nouveau riche. Not vintage Vincenzi but still an enjoyable romp.

If you like Penny Vincenzi you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Jane Howard, Victoria Clayton and Barbara Taylor Bradford.

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Synopsis

An Absolute Scandal by Penny Vincenzi

What do you do when you lose everything?

It was one of the biggest scandals of the 80s. Lloyds. It started with just a few requests for money from various Names. And then the demands got bigger. And bigger. Until thousands of people, some rich, most of them just comfortably off, found their lives ruined, homes gone, relationships wrecked. All because of money. When you do have it, its value isn't that important. When you don't - it's everything. Set against the glittering, adrenaline-fuelled last days of the 80s, An Absolute Scandal is the ultimate story of the rise and fall in the fortunes of a group of people- and the scandal whose effects were felt across the board. With devastating results ...

Reviews

'This is a big book and a terrifically entertaining one. It's also highly addictive' * Telegraph * 'The bonkbuster is definitely on the rise again as fiction gets chunkier and glossier. But despite stiff competition from a new vanguard of younger and arguably hipper writers, there's one name that continues to reign supreme, Penny Vincenzi' * Glamour * Praise for AN ABSOLUTE SCANDAL: 'Buy on a Friday, get home, turn off the phone and emerge on Monday replete with a tale well told. Guilty pleasures? We certainly all have them and this is better than most' * Daily Express *'


About the Author

Penny Vincenzi

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.

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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.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th March 2008

Author

Penny Vincenzi

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Publisher

Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
896 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
All Shortlists and Winners
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755336807

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