Shirley Conran

Losing your innocence has very little to do with virginity, you know. Loss of innocence comes when you have to deal with the real world by yourself, when you learn that the first rule of life is kill or be killed
Lace by Shirley Conran (Paperback ISBN 9780857863904) book cover

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1980. In Manhattan’s most exclusive hotel, four friends come face to face with a young, mega-watt film star. She has a question for them that has brought her from the streets of Paris to the playgrounds of the rich and famous - and it has almost destroyed her…

Kate, Maxine, Judy and Pagan have soared to the top in fashion, PR and interior design. Now they are forced to look back at their lives: their wicked behaviour at school, the building of careers and the breaking of hearts. These women have never questioned their friendship, but now they must answer to Lili.

Lace is the book that every mother kept hidden from her daughter. Originally published in 1982, it is the debut novel from the million-copy bestselling author of Superwoman.

Lace gave me prolonged pleasure”
Helen Fielding

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“There was life before Lace and life after Lace, and nothing was ever the same again. I envy anyone who hasn’t read it”
India Knight

“Sex, glamour, and bitchery to an epic degree. Lace is the classic that secured Shirley Conran’s place in the same high-octane sorority as Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz and Jacqueline Susann, and it still thrills. It changed my life”
J.j. Salem, Author Of Tan Lines

“As sexy and smart now as the first day it came out”
Lauren Laverne

“A gorgeous, glorious, ground-breaking saga of sex, scandal and family secrets. Here is the return of an awesome blockbuster classic, as fearless and fabulous as it was thirty years ago. Lace is the definitive drama of passion, friendship, intrigue and betrayal. It is hands-down one of the best things to come out of the eighties. I adore it”
Victoria Fox, Author Of Hollywood Sinners

Shirley Conran

‘Life’s too short to stuff a mushroom’

Shirley Conran was born in London and is a former editor on the Daily Mail and the Observer. Her first book, Superwoman, sold more than a million copies worldwide, and was followed by ten other bestsellers. Shirley’s ex-husband is designer Terence Conran, and they have two sons, Jasper and Sebastian, both of whom are designers.

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