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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416535489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416535485
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lace is glamorous careers...movie stars, Greek shipping magnates, French and British aristocrats, Arabian royalty, and mind-boggling sex....Rapture!"

-- Harper's

"A high-paced, globe-trotting novel...crammed with exotic locations, high-pressure career decisions and loads of sex."

-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

About the Author

Shirley Conran has worked as a design consultant, journalist, and editor for The Daily Mail and The Observer. Her first book, Superwoman, sold more than a million copies worldwide and was followed by eleven bestsellers. She currently lives in London.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reviews No More on January 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Shirley Conran knows how to weave an exciting, glamorous story of the kind of life most women dream of but never get to experience. If she didn't, there wouldn't be the wonderful miniseries that it inspired, minus Kate, whose character was honestly not all that impressive. Yes, the novel goes into more detail, but the movie itself was a real gem, and I will admit that it's what turned me into an Arielle Dombasle fan 20 years ago when I was 19. It is impossible, after seeing the 5 1/2 hour miniseries not to see Pagan, Judy, Maxine, and Lily being portrayed by the actresses in the film once you read the book. I also liked the movie slightly better because it was a gorgeously lavish production, trashy, glamorous, tragic, and touching. Conran's classic novel beguiles like a loaded treasure chest, but the film adaptation sparkles and dazzles as if the lid was strewn wide open. I recommend both the book and the movie for full effect, but I really wish Ammy would supply us with the option of procuring the miniseries on DVD. I already know one definite buyer!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gareth Harrison on October 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
Originally published in 1982 when Conran was 50 years old, this book is as great today as it was when first written.
The story chronicles the lives of five women, four of whom meet up at a Swiss Finishing School. It follows the their growth to maturity as each one carves a successful future for themselves. However, their lives are laced together by a shared secret!
Lavishly descriptive, you will be seduced by the glamour as well as the hard realities that the five women have to endure. Ultimately, it is a book about friendship and what it means to be a woman. Conran writes with heartfelt understanding and accuracy. She is first rate!
I believe a wealth of Conran's life experience (and cultural awareness) is evident in the development of the characters. And, I can honestly say as a man, that my understanding and empathy for women has changed for the better.
Shirley is a real woman and she writes from a real womans perspective. The intimacy, pain and passions of the characters are viewed from an intimately feminine standpoint. I feel I have shared something of what was in the authors mind and the minds of the characters in this magical book. Thankyou Shirley.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben <benjosef@netvision.net.il> on October 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
As you get more and more trapped inside the well woven fabric that is "Lace" on your way to unravel the answer to the curiosity-arousing question presented by Lili at the beginning, you realize what "Lace" is all about. Money, sordid love affairs, haute couture, friendship and lots more is what you encounter as you turn page after page and follow the sizzling plot and connect to the lovable characters.
"Lace" is a richly enjoyable novel not of the cheap supermarket kind, but truly an amazing book that'll keep you on the edge and mesmerize you from beginning to end. Once you started reading this book, you'll never want to put it down, and will want to reread it a good many of times- I know I have.
A truly amazing, staggering story of the dramatic (and humor full) lives of four best friends from being teen angers to adulthood. It is my favorite novel.
As Sarah said a prime choice for rainy days and Sundays, indeed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah in CA, SDoggett@NetWiz.net on June 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
By following this intricate tale of a friendship formed by four young girls in a 1940's Swiss finishing school, you become one with them and feel as though you've lived all their lives.
Tracing their lives from the beginning of their friendship to the present (then ~1980), this is not a "romance novel", but a guide to life, and love.
One of the few books I have that I have read that is so totally engaging that you become part of story each time you read it and you hesitate to put it down, and at the end are sad that it's over.
A prime choice for rainy days and Sundays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hester on May 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I actually was disappointed when I was finished because I wanted to know how it all went.......well, can't give the end away. It was well rounded - I didn't enjoy the pain and suffering that Lili had to endure - but I see how it was necessary to fulfill the story line. There were tedious moments when you needed to know details and it became a bit slow - but all in all I LOVED it. I intend to search out more of this authors titles.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Boucher on January 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Here's an example of a novel less impressive than its adaptation to the small screen. We still get Lili, the sexy superstar in search of her mother. We get the three school chums who stay united through thick and thin (or through "sick and sin" according to French Maxine), the men in their lives, the Valentine dance ball, and the birth of an illegitimate child. But what's added to this already rich cast of characters is a brochette of less than colorful ones, like Guy, the struggling designer who's storyline about stolen creations doesn't really go anywhere, and the introduction of a fourth friend named Kate who's presence only ends up being lukewarm. How many times can the reader endures her failed relationships with men without being ill at ease. Just a much too long distraction that lacks punch. Yet author Conran knows how to create effective moments. Lili's trapped-in-a-spiderweb-like lifestyle is a page-turning experience that adds depth to her thinly veiled character, and Abdullah's political marginality is a riveting take from the already established views of the Frenches and the Americans. But moments like those aren't a dime a dozen in this novel. What could have been a fun, unique experience of getting into the psyche of all the main characters already introduced on TV turned out to be an overlong, under-edited unimpressiveness that shouldn't have been. A shame.-----Martin Boucher
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