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Lace Hardcover – July 1, 1982

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 604 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671446622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671446628
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I chanced on Lace when I picked it up at a library book sale. I was way too young to be reading it but even then I understood that what I was reading was good (if a bit racy). I've since reread the book at different periods in my life and it's always an interesting read. I love the characters, the storytelling is tight, and despite its length I find it to be thoroughly engrossing.
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Shirley Conran's novel, Lace, is a mysterious and erotic tale of friendship, betrayal, love, loss, and above all desire. Please be aware that Lace is most definitely for adult readers only. They are not advertising this novel by saying, "Before Fifty Shades there was...Lace" for nothing! That said, if you enjoy graphic and erotic tales (as do I) then you will love Conran's novel.

Lace was first published in 1982 and has sold over 3 million copies. I can only imagine the stir it caused with it's graphic nature when it first came out. It has since been reprinted, most recently in November 2012. I was surprised to learn that Lace came out as a miniseries on ABC in 1984 and was one of the highest rated TV movies of that year. I definitely will be looking this up to see if I can find it somewhere!

Lace does not start slowly, it shoots out of the barrel in 1963 Paris with a 13 year old girl in a back alley abortionist's clinic. It then fast forwards to 1978 New York where four old friends are unexpectedly brought together by Lili, a young Hollywood star with a grim past and ax to grind with the ladies. After Lili summons the four successful women together, Lace goes back and tells the story of how the four girls met and became friends. The four friends are Parisian Maxine, American Judy, and British Kate and Pagan. They met in Switzerland as teenagers where the three Europeans attended a boarding school while Judy was an exchange student working as a waitress. The four young girls grew close and became best friends as together they experienced puberty, became boy crazy, had sexual exploits, and kept many sacred secrets.

Lace goes on to reveal how each girl's life unfolds. Never far from thought (and sometimes sight) were the other friends.
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