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Lace (Lace #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,724 ratings  ·  175 reviews
"Which one of you bitches is my mother?"

Four elegant, successful, and sophisticated women in their forties are called to New York's Pierre Hotel to meet Lili -- a beautiful, young, and notoriously temperamental Hollywood movie star. None of the women knows exactly why she is there; each has a reason to hate Lili and each of them is astonished to see the others. They are o

Hardcover, 604 pages
Published July 1st 1982 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1982)
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Tea Jovanović
Sjajna visokokvalitetna komercijalna ženska knjiga... aktuelna i zanimljiva i 30 godina posle originalnog objavljivanja... I sjajna ekranizacija... Čipke... :)
The first time I read this I was 11 years old (yes, really) because I had finished reading the stack of books I'd taken out of the library and, as I often did when I sped through my tower of borrowed books, I stole a book off of my parents' shelves.

This was hardly shocking to me at 11, until I got the chapter where the Arab prince is pleasuring his concubine, and that image has since stayed with me in a weird way. I learned about things reading books that were not meant for me long before I shou
Min Wright
"Which one of you bitches is my mother?"
Simple literary genius! We've all heard lines in movies that have stuck with us forever, but this was the first time I'd read a book and had that happen to me!
My love of literature began early in my life, but Shirley Conrans' Lace was one of the first novels that got me excited and hence I remember it vividly (although I re-read it recently, just to be sure you see).
But as an enthusiastic teen I read the book and then I awaited the mini-series of the sa
I'd never read this or seen the mini-series when it first came out (sorry, but I have to admit to being old enough for that); then everyone started doing Grey comparisons and I saw, somewhere, that this was the "Original BONKBUSTER", so I had to read it.
I liked the characters, I liked the plot; the storyline drew me in, and some of the set-piece situations are nothing short of brilliant. Weaving 5 strands of a story over a 20+ year timeframe was very skilful, and the various red-herrings kept t
Well, colour me surprised, but I loved this.

I was told it was trash. I went into it expecting to be mildly entertained. True, there is a very definite target audience and as a general rule it has a vagina, but I had so much fun with this book.

Which one of you bitches is my mother?

Thus does Lili, famous gorgeous actress, attempt to find out from four women which of them is her birth mother. The women, Maxine, Judy, Kate and Pagan, went to finishing school in Switzerland in the late 40s. One of th
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Konusu İsviçre de yatılı okulda okuyan dört kızımızın yıllar sonra bir otel odasında ünlü film yıldızı Lili nin “…taklar hanginiz benim annemsiniz “ sorusuyla başlar.Bu dört kadının yaşamını bir dantel inceliğiyle anlatan kitap içinde her duyguyu barındırıyor .Genç kızlıktan kadınlığa geçiş ilk aşklar ilk deneyimler kendi cinsel kimliklerini bulma çabaları hayal kırıklıkları aldatılmaları ama her şeye rağmen ne olursa olsun dostluklarını yitirmemeleri o kadar güzel anlatılmış o kadar ayrıntılı k ...more
Four elegant, successful, sophisticated women in their forties have been called to New York to meet Lili, the world-famous movie actress.

Already a legend despite her youth, Lili is beautiful, passionate, notoriously temperamental... Each of the four has a reason to hate Lili. And each of them is astonished to see the others; for they are old friends who first met in school, old friends who share a guilty secret - old friends whose lives are changed when Lili suddenly confronts them and asks, "Wh
Awesome novel! Very well written and kept me surprised and very interested. I would recommend it to anyone. Warning... There is a second novel called Lace 2 (how original, right?) I'm telling you, do not google it and ruin the plot event for yourself. Turns out it was a television series back in the day. Naturally my curiosity got the best of me as I was trying to figure out what the second book was called and came across BIG AND BOLD the whole premise the story is based on. I was only half way ...more
Lisa Norcross
I read this first when I was a teenager in the 80s and all I really remembered about it was that there was a lot of sex. However, when I read Samantha Ellis' spin on it as a career woman's manifesto in How to be a Heroine, my curiosity was piqued and I decided to read it again.

It is certainly a page-turner and i ploughed through it pretty fast. The writing is a bit clunky and old-fashioned, some of the characters are flimsy, and the plot is a bit unbelievable. But, I read it as a story that is r
"Which one of you bitches is my mother?" I instantly knew I was hooked after reading this line.

Lace centres around the lives of four best friends depicting their lives from the forties to the late seventies. One of the close group has a teenage pregnancy and this mystery of who the father is lies at the heart of the story. The book is epic in scope taking us on a sweeping journey through Gstaad to Paris to Hungary to Cairo to the Middle East to London and New York. I also liked that Conran based
Oct 13, 2012 Tory rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
The basic story line and plotting was OK. There were no moments of absolute wow or a desire that keep reading no matter what, but it was an interesting and engrossing read.

The major downfall for me was the timing of the story. The book is divided into about 11 or 12 parts, with no discernable reason for this division. A part does not solely concentrate on the actions or adventures of one of the five main women, not a one single part cover a specific time period. Instead you follow one woman for
I can honestly say I didn't know anything about this book or that it was a series before I even picked it up. I was browsing barnes and noble and I'm not a romance type of reader but this book has open a new door for me. I read the summary figured might be a good read and boy was I right. I was hooked and read the whole book in less then a week. I'm not gonna be a spoiler about the book but it's a great read about a companionship between a group of ladies. One of the girls gives birth to a girl ...more
Loved this book! Three college girls, one gets pregnant. Each claims to be the one pregnant in order to protect the true mother. The girl is adopted out, and grows up to be famous actress Lili Lace. Once she is old enough, Lili comes looking for her true mother and blows the lid off a number of sordid secrets.

I thought I knew who the mother was through the entire book, but the author got me good. One of my favorite 80s style drama intrigue novels. For those who have not read Shirley Conran, her
M.J. Fredrick
Read repeatedly when I was a teenager!
First off: An admission. I normally avoid anything with the air of 'chick-lit like the plague. So my expectations for this book were low to say the least but 'Lace' turned out to be my favourite reads of the year.

At the heart of 'Lace' is a story of four friends and their ever intersecting lives. A standard for fiction to be sure, but each one has such a rich, detailed back story that each page is a thrill. From social mores of the 1950's, the Class System, and Women's Lib, then Porn, Communism
Hellen Riebold
This book was full of every cliche possible, it had no overarching story seeming rather to be a collection of as many sexual situations the author could think of, and these were not well written. Having finished the book it seemed to me that the first and final parts were connected but that almost the entirety of the rest of the book could easily have been skipped without detracting from the reveal at the end. This book is very long and not worth the investment it demands.
Lace was a great start to summer reading!! Published in 1982, the story reminds me of the old nighttime soap operas, Dallas and Dynasty, full of larger than life characters, high society, fashion, and lots and lots of sex. In fact, the sex, which must have been pretty shocking back in the 80's, is on a level with Fifty Shades and would appeal to all those fans. The plot, while basically believeable, is built on a lot of unbelieveable coincidences, but this is an escapist, fantasy read and not to ...more
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I don't know why there are so many saying this is "trashy". I didn't find it to be at all. I though it was a well plotted book, and pretty skilfully done.
It's almost puts you as a reader in the place of a detective, given that you know what's going to happen right at the beginning and then you're sort of connecting up the pieces all the way through.

I did find it to be quite long though (there are 754 pages), which I guess makes sense given the sheer amount of stuff that happens in it. It manag
my long time favorite.... the plot was great. It was full of twists and excitement... I read this long time ago and I wanted to have a copy of this again. It's worth reading and I feel like reading it again. I'm amazed how the four girlfriends hid their secret for such a long time.... and how the story reveals the same.
Michelle Hammond
Re-read as i first read this book over 25yrs ago. Took me straight back to 1982. Remembered lots of it, though there were parts i'd forgotten. As fab a read now as it was back then. Took me right back to my early teens & high school. Hope that Lace 2 will soon also be re-published as would love to re-read that also.
Missy Cahill
A fabulous novel from the 80s republished to show 50 Shades how it's really done. I vaguely remember reading this years and years ago and it's still a fabulous holiday read. Great characters and a silly plot. It's something that never pretends to be something else. Can't wait to read Lace 2.
S.L. Pierce
I haven't read this book since I was a teenager and I don't plan to re-read anytime. I don't want to be disappointed by something I remember loving. Unfortunately that has happened when I've gone back to some book I loved when I was young (Savages by same author) and I've learned my lesson.
Aditi Mukund
Full review here-

Lace was a book on my Pile, and I finished reading it a while ago. It might make it to my list of 'The best books I've read in 2013'. That really surprises me, considering I don't like reading chick-lit.That's another really difficult thing to do- categorising this book. Fashionable clothes, beautiful women, high heels, successful stories, handsome men, infidelity, and really mean dialogues- it has the markings of a chick-lit book. But it
Anita Luby
first read this when i was about 14 and was gobsmacked by the content but loved the story. i re-read this every few years and 26 years on i still love it as much as i did when i first read it. It takes you away to a glamorous world and is totally trashy but thats why its so great!
Stephanie Davis
I think Lace set me up for a lifelong love of vintage fashion, interior design, and champagne. I love this book and I'm not ashamed to admit it! I read it for the first time (to my parents' horror) when I was twelve, and I've re-read it a couple of times throughout my life, most recently just this last week. Of course there's a lot of sex, but it's just some damn good storytelling as well. Plus, I can credit Conran with an education that left me well-informed, at least literally if not actually, ...more
Malti Bhojwani
This was the first real full length novel I read as a kid...I had to hide it from my mum. I was 15 I think and really enjoyed every bit of it. It was like the retro sex and the city!
3.8 out of 5 stars actually (minus points for the writing technique, and the plot which at times became difficult to swallow and not very believable)

This book was as exhilarating and dirty as an 80s soap opera; it made me feel like Elizabeth Taylor in between husbands: sexy, desirable, and running out of fucks to give. A total page turner!

Most reviews on this novel tend to focus solely on the way it treats the topic of sex - at it does, indeed, in a wonderful and unexpected manner. It's one of
What a shame that i got to page 112 and just wasn't gripped by the story. Thought I would enjoy reading this again but sadly not
I read this as a young teen, after exhausting Roald Dahl, Judy Blume and Paula Danziger. Thank goodness we have YA these days.
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Shirley Conran is the ex-wife of British designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer Sir Terence Conran. She is the mother of designers Sebastian Conran and Jasper Conran. A bestselling author in her own right whose most memorable books include Lace and Superwoman.

She was educated at the University of Portsmouth. In addition to novel writing, she wrote regularly for The Observer newspaper's women'
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