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The Adventuress by Nicholas Coleridge
  

The Adventuress

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From the 1980s to the present, a big, sweeping rags-to-riches tale of Cathy Fox, a woman with a mission, vis to be rich, powerful, glamorous and sexy. She certainly achieves her ambition. This is glorious stuff. Jilly Cooper/Jackie Collins mix with three intriguing plot lines all coming satisfactorily together. It is the sort of book that leaves you panting. Literary buffs may see a parallel to Becky Sharp!

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With witty, waspish, engaging and pitch perfect prose you can’t help but love the adventures of Cathy Fox, a modern day Becky Sharp [Vanity Fair], as she rises through England’s social strata. Spanning four decades this is a compelling, delicious social comedy about money, sex, power and having it all. Go Cathy!

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Synopsis

The Adventuress by Nicholas Coleridge

No one forgets Miss Cathy Fox in a hurry. From her scorpion tattoo to her other more worldly charms she's a woman on a mission to get what she wants. Leaving behind her humble beginnings folding knickers as a matron's assistant, Cathy embarks on a journey that will take her from a Portsmouth backstreet to the boardrooms of the global empires. With a cast of footballers, media moguls, lords and dukes, Coleridge charts the rise of a woman who will not be denied, right to the very pinnacle of society - a Royal Wedding.

Reviews

Coleridge gives [the novel] an edge of sardonic wit and understanding of the fragility of fame - 8* * EVENING TELEGRAPH * fast-paced and elegantly plotted * FINANCIAL TIMES * Saucy * EVENING STANDARD * Coleridge is at the peak of his powers...and here's another juicily glamorous read * DAILY MAIL * Here is a ruthless social climber in the tradition of Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair. Her success exposes the deficiencies in of the society around her and although Fox lacks any vestiges of morality, you can't help but admire her increasingly vertiginous career. Coleridge has an admirably pared-down style and an eye for the telling brand and place name, in a manner reminiscent of Tom Wolfe: few who pick up The Adventuress will be able to put it aside before they finish it. There's also much fun to be had in guessing the real figures behind its characters. * METRO * You cannot fail to be entertained by Nicholas Coleridge's latest novel ... This clever retelling of Vanity Fair is not only hugely enjoyable but also has some spot-on social observations and splendid comic set pieces. -- Sebastian Shakespeare * TATLER * Coleridge's latest novel is a satirical take on our obsession with status and celebrity. Cathy Fox is a woman who will not be denied ... you'll love her brazen nerve and chutzpah. * GLAMOUR * A fast-paced, enthralling depiction of an instinctive social climber who is forced to learn the hard way that the past always catches up with you. * EASY LIVING * The three plotlines are drawn exquisitely tightly until the satisfying resolution at the end of this indescribably pleasurable and entertaining novel, which even name checks The Lady in the final furlong. As I say, if any man were ever to steal the crown from our Jilly, in the sense that he delivers hugely readable, witty, sharp and sexy fiction, it would have to be Conde's clever Nicholas Coleridge. * THE LADY * a sharply written yet lighthearted satire of the British elite that works by undermining expectations * GQ *


About the Author

Nicholas Coleridge

Nicholas Coleridge is managing director of Condé Nast in Britain, the magazine publishing house that includes Vogue, Tatler, House & Garden and Vanity Fair. He has written two previous novels and lives in London. He is married with four children.

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Publication date

10th October 2013

Author

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781409109211

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