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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416535489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416535485
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is a very well-written book about a group of women in the 1950's & 60's. It is interesting on many levels: the relationships, the locations, the sex (which at times seems contrived but usually flows quite naturally), as well as for the cultural evolution/revolution of the times. A great retro-women's book. I intend to pass it around to my group of "sisters". And at 750 pages, it's a long read, but I was sorry when it ended.
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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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I'm not a big fan of romance novels, but I remember the mini series as being a big deal in the 80's when I was too young to watch it, so I decided to check out the book. Not a great work of literature, but if you're looking for something entertaining to read at the beach, something that won't tax your brain, this is the ticket. Multiple story lines keep the story moving along at a good clip. A nice easy read.
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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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Format: Kindle Edition
I remember my 2 best friends and I reading this book in the 9th grade and having many many conversations about whether each of us was more like Judy or Pagan or Maxine or Kate (the Sex and the City series gave me a sense of deja vu) and what we thought of the choices each one made, and if we'd do the same. This book remains the one and only romance type novel I have EVER enjoyed. It's more accurate to call it just a novel about 4 friends who pledge to be there for each other, no matter what. The women are complex and their friendships are complicated--in a way every woman will immediately understand.The well crafted storytelling takes the reader to fantastic locales and although there are a few (wonderfully) shocking moments, they are in the context of the story and not the sole focus. I especially enjoyed reading about a different era, when society's rules were kind of different (but behind closed doors seemed exactly the same). It took me to New York fashion week, to a French estate, to the desert, to the jungle, all with characters that were totally relatable. I loved this book at age 15 and enjoyed it just as much when I reread it in my 20s and 30s and now 40s. It's a very enjoyable book you will immediately want to share with your friends, especially your closest ones.
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