Lace (Lace #1)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
She was educated at the University of Portsmouth. In addition to novel writing, she wrote regularly for The Observer newspaper's women' ...more