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Written by the UK Editor of Vogue, a book - about how the future is never what you think it will be - that will stay with you for ages …
A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...
'It’s one thing to edit a national magazine, or even write articles and features, but quite another to launch a novel. If there is one thing editing Vogue has taught Alexandra Shulman over twenty years, it’s understanding what women want. CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS follows the lives of three young women in the 1980s who face all the trials and tribulations of every young woman who is starting adult life. It’s about the importance to those women of female friendship; of the difficulties of finding out what you want to do with your life; how women do carve out their lives – with their careers and with their relationships -- in these incredibly important years. I don’t think this is a book Alex could have written when she was that age – it needs the passage of time to understand what was going on in that exciting decade and to forge that empathy with those young women. It’s warm, funny, and touching. I do hope you enjoy it.' Juliet Annan Publishing Director, Fig Tree & Penguin.
The debut novel by the editor of British Vogue , Alexandra Shulman, Can We Still Be Friends is an emotionally absorbing story (with a nod to Sex and the City) about three twenty - something female friends who graduate together in the 1980s summer, 1983. Best friends, Sal, Annie and Kendra are fresh-faced and fresh out of university. Three very different girls about to walk three very different but equally tangled paths...Sal's the aspiring journalist whose personal demons threaten to destroy everything she achieves. Annie's the domestic beauty, convinced that marriage will give her everything she wants. And Kendra, the daughter of chic, liberal parents, is searching for her an identity all of her own. As they plunge headlong into the years of pixie boots and shoulder pads, Duran Duran and Margaret Thatcher, they find that for all their plans and hopes and dreams, nothing in life is certain - and that includes friendship. Warm and entertaining...captures the excitement of being young and glamorous at a time when the sky really did seem to be the limit. ( The Times ). Wonderfully evokes that ping-pong between trivial and tremendous so characteristic of the Eighties...great on atmosphere. ..An engaging debut, alive with human sympathy. (Wendy Holden, Daily Mail ). Alexandra Shulman has edited British Vogue since 1992. She is a contributor to The Times , Daily Mail , Guardian and Daily Telegraph and lives in London. This is her first novel.
'Wonderfully evokes that ping-pong between trivial and tremendous so characteristic of the Eighties ... great on atmosphere ... An engaging debut, alive with human sympathy -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail
'Engrossing ... brilliantly captures the complexities of female friendship' Good Housekeeping
'A poignant look at the juggling act women must maintain if they're to carve out a career, and how friendships define life's tribulations' Glamour
'Warm and entertaining ... captures the excitement of being young and glamorous at a time when the sky really did seem to be the limit' -- Kate Saunders The Times
'Sapphic sex, shoulder pads and Spandau Ballet ... Too seductive a storyline to wait for the inevitable film' Tatler
'Shulman's well-executed debut is committed to portraying life in all its contradictory, chaotic, celebratory form. A novel both full of heart and comfortable in its own skin' Observer
'An impressive debut ... the best-quality chick-lit available and a thoroughly enjoyable summer read' Daily Express
'A fun summer read ... a page-turner, making me nostalgic for a time when youthful female friendships had to be worked at, face to face over a bottle of wine and some nasty pink taramasalata, rather than simply maintained with a few mouse clicks and a share button' FT
'An enjoyable romp back to a more flamboyant time' Sunday Express
'Shulman has a terrific eye for the small yet telling detai'l Observer Magazine
Publication date: 17/01/2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Publisher: Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||17th January 2013|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alexandra Shulman has edited British Vogue since 1992. She is contributor to The Times, Daily Mail, Guardian and Daily Telegraph and lives in London. The Parrots is her second novel; Can We Still Be Friends, Was published by Fig Tree in 2012.. Author photo © Mike TrowMore About Alexandra Shulman