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Lace (Lace #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  4,809 Ratings  ·  226 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

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Paperback, 752 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Touchstone (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... :)
Zinnat
Mar 05, 2013 Zinnat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Min Wright
Aug 30, 2011 Min Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
I thought I posted a review on this years ago. Obviously I did not. Which is where because I remember this book aver 27 years. I was but a wee child of 12 when I read this book. One of the girls I knew, her older sister was reading it one day at a picnic. So I read a few pages and was like, huh. Then she gave me a few looks into where Lily is with the Arabic man and being sexually used. There were several erotic scenes in here that as a 12 year old really intrigued me due to my predisposition to ...more
Fiona
Sep 17, 2012 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Tony
Oct 27, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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kagit kiz
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
Freda Malone
Ok, so I watched the movie many years ago and decided to read the book. I'm glad I watched the movie first. Once in a while I'm into the chic lit drama that seems to attack my inner child and give in to the juicy, bad mouthed, mystery of 4 women whom one had birthed a child in secret. The book was written very well and held my attention as flashes of the movie came into play. It was long until the pages were becoming a blur as I was able to follow each scene, saying to myself "Oh, yes. I remembe ...more
Angela
Jul 05, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
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
kingshearte
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
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Joanne
May 14, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bonkbusters
"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
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Mei-Lu
Aug 29, 2015 Mei-Lu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently, I've been feeling nostalgic for all those books that were made into mini-series in the 80s and impulsively ordered Lace from my local library. I haven't read the book since I saw the mini-series (starring a gorgeous young Phoebe Cates) and I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was surprised to find that not only is this book compulsively readable, it is also a work of feminism. Conran is ruthless in exploring the rape culture of her generation - every single one of the female characte ...more
Hellen Riebold
Jul 17, 2014 Hellen Riebold rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Célestine Beverley
"Which one of you bitches is my mother?" Priceless. That line took the story.
Tory
Oct 13, 2012 Tory rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Hanife
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.

Bu kitap hafızanıza kazınacak detaylarıyla sizi kitaba bağlayıp bitene kadar bırakmayan türden. Çoklu karakterler anlatımına müthiş bir örnektir. Her karakteri süper bir incelikle işlemiş, gizemi ve macerayı hikayeye özenle örmüş yazarımız. Ben şaşkınlıkla ve yazarı içimden tebrik ederek okudum.

Konumuz dört kızımızın İskoçya'da ki şık bir yatılı okulda tanışmaları ile o sene gençliğin ve başlarında ebeveyn olmamalarının verdiği başdöndürücü
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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
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Linda
Jan 02, 2016 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quivering....

All the women in this book have experiences which involve quivering: whether he quivers, she quivers or they both quiver at the same time, after a while I shook my head every time the word was mentioned. It must appear every two to three pages.

For a book supposedly about strong, intelligent women they sure go from one man to the next, their whole lives seem dominated by relationships.

It has such an unbelievable ending, I thought I was reading a spoof parody. The book seemed to go
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Daisy
Aug 12, 2011 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David
Feb 06, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely put this novel in the "gaggle of girls" fiction genre. It rates with Mary McCarthy's The Group, Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything, and Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, with McCarthy's being the most superior in terms of writing.
Lace is far more salacious than the others, at times even pornographic, but I suppose it was a mark of that era's sensibilities (late 70's, early 80's).
It's enjoyable though, like Sex & the City-the European Version meets Penthouse Letters.
Cora
Oct 04, 2010 Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anbrill
Jun 22, 2011 Anbrill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anita Luby
Jun 23, 2013 Anita Luby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
S.L. Pierce
Apr 30, 2012 S.L. Pierce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
♥ Marlene♥
Jul 07, 2012 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Read this book at least 3 time or so and this was a 5 star book for me back in the days.

Still have the Dutch hardback and my daughter wanted something to read. Gave her Lace and she loved it. Wanted to read the sequel as well.

Great book if you want to read something light.
Jill Keen
Jul 04, 2012 Jill Keen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first "grown up" book boy did it help me grow up.
Malti Bhojwani
Aug 14, 2012 Malti Bhojwani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Beth
Jul 23, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dumped-books
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
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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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