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A national bestseller in England, this delightful new novel has been called "Frothy, frivolous, and fun." (Harpers & Queen)

Jane, a struggling, twenty-something writer for a glossy women's magazine, has inadvertently just landed her worst nightmare of an assignment. Not only does she have a less-than-satisfying relationship with her boring and cantankerous boyfriend, who has a host of other insecurities, but now her eccentric magazine ...
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Overview

A national bestseller in England, this delightful new novel has been called "Frothy, frivolous, and fun." (Harpers & Queen)

Jane, a struggling, twenty-something writer for a glossy women's magazine, has inadvertently just landed her worst nightmare of an assignment. Not only does she have a less-than-satisfying relationship with her boring and cantankerous boyfriend, who has a host of other insecurities, but now her eccentric magazine editor has made her the personal ghostwriter for the town's latest bedazzling, blonde, and busty socialite: Champagne D'Vyne. While Jane reels from the annoying and distasteful business of investigating, and then glamorizing, the vacuous details of Champagne's life, her new assignment suddenly becomes intertwined with her personal life in surprising ways. Will her own romantic prospects broaden? Will she be able to help save her best friend's dilapidated country manor with a matchmaking scheme? At once whimsical and satirical, Simply Divine is already a smash hit in England, and will undoubtedly be a crowd-pleaser for American readers.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Witty puns, glittery silliness and a down-to-earth heroine provide both style and substance in British journalist Holden's clever debut, a rollicking sendup of London's glam-mag industry. By day, plain Jane Bentley, 24, is a writer for a fashion glossy; by night, she's the sexually unfulfilled live-in love of Nick, a boring and boorish political climber. But things could be worse, as Jane soon finds out when her boss gives her a nightmare assignment: to ghostwrite a column ostensibly penned by Champagne D'Vyne, an impossibly annoying celebrity socialite. The scantily clad blonde Champagne is totally over-the-top: too dumb to notice her own malapropisms, puns and blunders, too rich and glamorous to care. As Jane grumpily endeavors to spin the minutiae of Champagne's shallow existence--her spoiled dog "Gucci," her sexual exploits, her racy designer ensembles--into a popular column, she must also contend with her own problems, including new romantic prospects. Another distraction is her best friend, Tally, who is on a mission to save her family's crumbling country estate from being bulldozed. Holden, a former deputy editor of Tatler, has the inside scoop on the lifestyle she lampoons so well, and though her humorous depiction of Champagne's insane excesses grows tired, her emphasis on Jane's career is refreshing. Already a bestseller in England, this contemporary exploration of "having it all" should be popular here as well. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Written by a former editor of Britain's Tatler, this pun-filled bebut novel is a cross between Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary (and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, reviewed above) and Mary Sheepshans's A Price for Everything (St. Martin's, 1996). Like Fielding's Bridget, Holden's Jane is a small time journalist, working for the likes of Gorgeous (and then Fabulous) and getting involved with a string of self-absorbed men. Her career takes off, however, when she starts ghost-writing a column for socialite Champagne D'Vyne. Unfortunately, the gorgeous, self-centered Champagne casts a pall on her professional success. She even seems to have her claws in the one decent man Jane meets. As in Sheepshanks's first novel, there is a family castle (Mullion, which belongs to Jane's best friend, Tally) that is literally falling to pieces, which jane schemes to save. While Holden's novel is as clever as Bridget (and like it, a U.K. best seller), it is a cut above intellectually, though the puns may wear thin and the British allusions may draw blanks. Frothy (and ultimate forgettable, like Bridget, too), this is nevertheless great fun for Anglophiles and Bridget fans. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections.-Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452281677
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    Overwritten & boring !!

    How can this inane & badly written book can be compared to Bridget Jones?? I had absolutely no empathy for this character! She's a low budget version of Bridget...DON'T BOTHER!! Even the sequal to Bridget Jones was better than this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    wow

    what a book - simply the best i am about to go out and buy all of her published books that are available in sydney

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    100% proven to live up to its title!

    Witty and original, Wendy Holden's "Simply Divine" lucidly describes the converging worlds of journalism and fame. Like a hidden camera, Holden's style reveals the truths behind the airbrushed and wholly prefect magazine covers to uncover pimply hung over models, perverted agents, and finally an audience of prowling, desperate businessmen longing to shore up their public image by willing to pay anything just to have a plastic barbie doll glued to their sides. Expecting the universe to submissively revolve around her, floats the ravishing Champagne D'Vyne; hence her name, she is the sweet champagne every man longs to taste. Entranced in a mania for rich men, money, and above all fame, Champagne is the simple epitome of celebrity socialite and will let nothing come between her and her desires. Champagne's conniving character is confronted with the sweet, overweight, and ghastly plain journalist Jane when their contrasting worlds are surprisingly interwined...Can these two opposing poles actually share something in common? A total must read that guarantees a huge smile on your face; works for me every time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    The best in the genre

    I don't care what anyone else says, this book is absolutely enthrawling! It is fast paced yet easy to keep up with, the fresh ironic comedy is uplifting. I found it difficult to put the book down, it's a real page flipper. I simply cannot express what you people are missing out on! Although the book does require a certain light hearted, laid back audience, it reflects the humour of the London life style today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    Not bad, not bad at all

    This book is extremely entertaining and very well-written. A good read for anyone who enjoys Bridget Jones Diary, or Anna Maxted's writing styles, but not as good as Getting Over It.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    'Simply Divine' is simply the best!

    One of the funniest books I have ever had the fortune to come across!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2000

    Simply Divine

    I really enjoyed this book, athough some parts were a bit slow. I thought it was very cleverly written. It was a good fictional comedic romance. The humor wasn't obvious, but it came from the irony that lied within the story. Overall I thought it was a very enjoyable book to read because it was different from a lot of the books that authors are coming out with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    Simply Divine

    Was so excited to read this book, I bought it in Canada. Didn't quite live upto the reviews. Billed as a comedy, this was barely the case. Athough somewhat entertaining, it was a bit long...but just overall so-so.

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