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Harold Robbins, the godfather of the airport novel, changed the face of publishing with classics such as The Carpetbaggers , The Dream Merchants and The Lonely Lady . His readers loved his steamy tales of money, soft porn, drugs, corruption, greed and, just sometimes, redemption. The world's first playboy writer, Robbins reportedly frittered away $50 million on fast cars, loose women and high living. But obsessed with fame and fortune, Robbins was a deeply complex and often controversial man, and even his closest friends and lovers could only guess at the past of the man behind the perma-tanned mask and gigantic mirrored sunglasses. This is the fascinating story of his extraordinary life.
|Publication date:||6th October 2008|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
Andrew Wilson remembers secretly reading Harold Robbins as a teenager, and has spoken to many friends, lovers and enemies of this most provocative of writers. Wilson's other books are the award-winning Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith, and the novel The Lying Tongue.More About Andrew Wilson