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An Absolute Scandal


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Since her first novel, OLD SINS, was published in 1989, Penny Vincenzi has written twelve novels, most recently SHEER ABANDON, a massive Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller in both hardback and paperback. After college she worked as a journalist, writing for The Times, Vogue and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over four million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Penny Vincenzi is married, with four daughters, and lives in London.


This intoxicating, engrossing saga, based on an actual Lloyds of London scandal from 20 years ago, could easily be a miniseries. A multigenerational cast of victims, all fighting to make sense of their orderly lives when financial ruin knocks on their doors, vividly demonstrates the struggles of class, money, and, of course, sex. Vincenzi's (Almost a Crime) long and luxurious style sucks you in and keeps a seductive hold throughout. Not to be missed. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Penny Vincenzi dazzlingly combines the old-fashioned virtues of gripping storytelling with the up-to-the-minute contemporary feel for emotional depth and insight into the lives of the characters. She is a supreme stylist and clever writer. Reading her is an addictive experience - Elizabeth BuchanTeeming with style...outselling Danielle Steel and Barbara Taylor Bradford... these are family sagas filled with tempestuous women, successful, sexy men and passionate plots... Readers will find every page irresistible - Washington PostPenny is the doyenne of the modern blockbuster - Glamour

Britain's bestselling Vincenzi (Sheer Abandon, etc.) sets this doggedly optimistic epic at the sunset of Thatcherism, and the bleak economic landscape proves fertile territory for a saga of families whose futures and fortunes become entwined in a court battle with the prestigious London insurer, Lloyds. There's Elizabeth, wife and mother of three with a "Very Big Job" in advertising; her charming husband, Simon, a banker with an eye for the ladies; posh Lucinda, who falls for working-class Blue and then risks everything to save her ex's fortune; Debbie's frustrated by her insensitive husband, Richard, afraid of her formidable mother-in-law and devoted to her three kids; and reporter Joel, who helps bring a Lloyds scandal to light and falls in love with one of its victims. Vincenzi deftly imbues the "Greed Decade" with all the twisty turns of an overheated soap--couples trapped by boredom, wives tortured by infidelity, singles hamstrung by convention, children buffeted by circumstance. The general stiff-upper-lipped attitude may sound tinny to American ears (even the Yankees sound like Brits-in-training), but this chickensian drama delivers all the goods required for a sizzling summer read. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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