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Friends and Rivals by Tilly Bagshawe

Friends and Rivals

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012.

Third in her glitzy ‘bonk-buster’ series and like the first two, Fame and Scandalous, Friends and Rivals is a fantastic escapist read full of impossibly beautiful people, fueled by power, jealousy and lust and a suitcase full of emotional issues - we love it.

Tilly Bagshawe has reinvented the ‘bonk buster’ for the 21st century - perfect for everyone who loves Jilly Cooper, Penny Vincenzi, Tasmina Perry and Louise Bagshawe.

A few Lovereading members have been lucky enough to get to read this novel ahead of publication. Scroll down to see what they think...

If you like Tilly Bagshawe you might also like to read books by Katie Agnew, Jilly Cooper and Tasmina Perry.

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Friends and Rivals by Tilly Bagshawe

For everyone who loves Jilly Cooper, Penny Vincenzi, Tasmina Perry and Louise Bagshawe. Kat fears she is past her prime. Her philandering husband, Ivan, who she still loves passionately after twenty years of marriage, leaves her for a younger woman. Devastated, there is only one person left who Kat trusts. Kendall is sure she has it all. But underneath her tough exterior she hides a vulnerability - she is helplessly struggling with an unrequited love. But when Kendall's need for success consumes her, she won't let anyone stand in her way. Ava is an innocent, plucked from obscurity and thrown into the deep-end of the glamorous world of fame. When she is pitted against Kendall, the world watches closely, wondering who will survive. As these three women try to navigate a backstabbing world of infamy, desire and fortune, will they be tempted to betray the people they hold dearest?


In August 2012 Lovereading asked members and browsers whether they would like to review this title ahead of publication. A few lucky readers were selected to do so and below you can find out what they thought:

'I found this to be an extremely addictive read and I was left wanting more. It was quite amusing seeing names of actual famous celebrities throughout. My favourite characters were Catriona and Jack, although it was Kendall and Ivan who made the story really interesting. If you’re after pure escapism, read this book. I give this book 5 out of 5.' - Sonya Kemp - Click here to read the full review.

'It’s a roller coaster of highs and lows, mistakes and misunderstandings, loves and losses; a racy and exciting peep into the lives, loves and worlds of the fabulously wealthy, their ambitions, insecurities and motives. It’s pure escapism written with tender touches, warmth and integrity.' - Joan Hill - Click here to read the full review.

'The book has a feel of Jackie Collins about it and is a very enjoyable read full of interesting, complex and glamorous characters! We are given a glimpse into the star studded world of the music business with all its backstabbing and quests for fame, no matter what the price. Throw in a bit of sex and interesting characters and you have a book that is hard to put down.' - J B Johnston - Click here to read the full review.

'With its melodramatic blend of racy romance, sly backstabbing and sleazy betrayals, this is a fast-paced read that fans of Penny Vincenzi and Jackie Collins are sure to enjoy.' - Nicola Foster - Click here to read the full review.

'Of the Tilly Bagshawe novels I've read before (Do Not Disturb, Fame), "Friends and Rivals" tops the list by far. Inside the world of this book, there is glamour and scandal that makes a storyline come to life. ' - Rebecca Barrett - Click here to read the full review.

'Chicklit set in the music business world, this is a glitzy, glamorous and fast paced, sexy romp about betrayal and revenge. It is full of people you love to hate, most of whom are perfectly beautiful and successful!' - Vanessa Wild - Click here to view the full review.

'This book is very much for the fans of all books where the rich and famous can’t keep their trousers on, money in the bank and stay in the same country for more than ten minutes! Packed full of backstabbing and bitching this is a fabulous read! Brilliantly written and extremely easy to follow with a great stories that interweaves into each other with a very satisfying ended. I will definitely be reading more of this Author. Thanks so much for sending it to me .. I really enjoyed it and now have a new Author to add to my pile of one I know I'll enjoy next time!' - Louise Graham

'Friends and Rivals is an easy to read book with many different strands to the plot which keep the novel interesting and maintain the upbeat pace. The reader is treated to a generous dose of star studded gossip, with the book being an indulgent glimpse into the fictional lives of the rich and famous.' - Emily Wright - Click here to read the full review.

“A book full of over-the-top super-glam characters who could be straight out of Heat magazine. They romp lustfully through the many twists and turns of the tangled relationships. I felt I was celebrity spotting from start to finish! It’s fast paced, easy to read and total escapism. Perfect holiday reading!” - Kathy Martin

'The story is so well written it keeps you guessing right to the end as to what will happen and whether the ‘hoped-for’ outcomes really do come true. You will have to read it for yourself to find out if they do!' - Jayne Burton - Click here to read the full review.

'This story is great escapism into the world of celebrity, made me laugh a lot and is a true work of fiction. A very fun read!' - Marie Fitzgerald - Click here to read the full review.

'This was a sexy indulgent read that I just could not get enough off.' Edel Waugh - Click here to read the full review.

'There’s not one likable character in ‘Friends and Rivals’. But despite their loathsome, shallow, and unerringly selfish personalities, it’s almost impossible to put it down and leave them to their squabbling.' - Kym Nicholls - Click here to read the full review.


Praise for Tilly Bagshawe's previous books:

'Total escapist, self-indulgent pleasure.
Sophie Kinsella

'Packed with glamour, betrayal and lust'

'Pure, unadulterated escapism'

About the Author

Tilly Bagshawe

Tilly Bagshawe is the internationally bestselling author of four previous novels. A teenage single mother at 17, Tilly won a place at Cambridge University and took her baby daughter with her. She went on to enjoy a successful career in The City before becoming a writer. As a journalist, Tilly contributed regularly to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Evening Standard before following in the footsteps of her sister Louise and turning her hand to novels.

Tilly's first book, Adored, was a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic and she hasn't looked back since. She is married and has two young sons as well as Tilly's daughter Sefi, who is now 18. The family divide their time between their homes in Kensington and Los Angeles and their beach house on Nantucket Island.

Author photo © Alan Silfen

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Publication date

27th September 2012


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


464 pages


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