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    • ISBN:9780755352463
    • Publication date:02 Oct 2008

Bad Heir Day

By Wendy Holden

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An uproariously funny novel of love and social climbing from bestselling author WENDY HOLDEN. For fans of Jilly Cooper.

Anna's boyfriend Seb is impossibly handsome, impossibly rich and generally just impossible. When eventually he dumps her, she vows to give up men and throw herself into her career. Which is how she ends up working for Cassandra. The social climber from hell, Cassandra has a huge house in Kensington, a philandering rock star husband and the spawn of Satan for a son. So when desperate-to-escape Anna meets dashing Jamie, charming heir to a castle in Scotland, she can't believe her luck. And she probably shouldn't...

Biographical Notes

Number one bestselling author Wendy Holden has written ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. A former journalist on the Sunday Times, Tatler and the Mail on Sunday, she contributes to a range of publications and is a TV and radio regular. She was a judge for the Costa 2013 Novel and Book of the Year Awards. Wendy lives with her husband and two children in Derbyshire.

Visit her on her website www.wendyholden.net, or follow her on Twitter @Wendy_Holden and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wendyholdenauthor.

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  • ISBN: 9780755329748
  • Publication date: 07 Aug 2006
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Headline Review
'The perfect holiday read: sexy, satirical, funny, light as air' The Scotsman
'The perfect holiday read: sexy, satirical, funny, light as air' The Scotsman
'A frothy, spiky book, brimming with puns and caricatures of ghastly social gargoyles' Daily Mail
'Girl-meets-earl fantasy from a very funny British novelist... The whimsical ingenuity of PG Wodehouse meets the sex-o-matic action of Jackie Collins. Holden stays in control of her supercharged face all the way, though, even when a host of hysterically funny characters almost steal the show' Kirkus Reviews
'On gloomy days, Wendy Holden's novels should be handed round like aspirin. Her new book, PASTURES NOUVEAUX, is guaranteed to bring a smile evne to the baddest of moods... The hills are alive with the sound of high jinks in this laugh-a-minute romp' B magazine
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