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198 x 129 x 28 mm
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A Beautiful Rival

Häftad,  Engelska, 2023-08-31
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The world is at war, but on the gilded streets of Fifth Avenue, New York, a battle of a different kind is brewing New York, 1915. Elizabeth Arden has been New Yorks golden girl since her beauty salon opened its famous red door five years prior. Against all odds, shes built an empire. Enter Helena Rubinstein: ruthless, revolutionary and the rival Elizabeth didnt bargain for. With both women determined to succeed no matter the personal cost a battle of beauty is born. And as the stakes increase, so do the methods: poaching employees, planting spies, copying products, hiring ex-husbands. But as each woman climbs higher, so too does what she stands to lose. Because the greater the height, the harder the fall In this stunning new novel, internationally bestselling author Gill Paul reveals the unknown history of cosmetic titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein and their infamous rivalry that spanned not only decades, but also broken marriages, personal tragedies, and a world that was changing dramatically for women perfect for fans of Fiona Davis, Dinah Jefferies and Karen Swan. Readers adore A Beautiful Rival: I knew absolutely nothing about the lives of the women behind the iconic products, or about the fierce competition between them, but, as she always does so wonderfully, Gill Paul has taken the known facts about their lives (her research is as meticulous as ever), added a dash of her extraordinary imagination, and woven a wonderful story breathing life into her characters and transporting the reader into their fascinating world. Reader Review A terrific read and a wonderful insight into these two giants of the beauty world. I was transfixed throughout. Highly recommend. Reader Review This book cemented my thoughts that any book by Gill Paul is an excellent one. I loved how the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein was portrayed, it had me hooked. Reader Review The knives out jealousy that forged high end glamour. This is such compulsive reading, shocking and cheekily funny The spying on practices and aesthetics, the poaching of employees and advisors, the tit for tat copying and meddling in strategies, the upward mobility efforts and petty insecurities The author blew me away with her blend of historically accurate, imaginatively realised and dramatically portrayed narrative. I can't wait for her next book, she is an auto buy author for me now! Reader Review The focus on real historical characters, albeit fictionalised, makes this a fascinating story. I like the evocative historical detail, the complex characters and the emotion that runs through this story. Reader Review This book is rife with rivalry, rage, and rouge. I love how Paul has been sharing tidbits about each woman on her social media channels. Beauty is not for the weak and both women were powerhouses of powder, lipstick, and looking ones best. Reader Review The women in the book were strong characters who didn't suffer fools Everytime I read one of Gill Paul's books I end up being lost down the rabbit hole which is Google looking for more information about the historical characters she has written about. Gill's research is amazing and she must take so much time before she even starts writing the book. Reader Review
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Praise for Gill Paul: A great historical read for fans of strong female characters who have something to prove. Booklist (US) 'TERRIFIC! Deadly one-liners and killer cocktails combine in this compelling portrait of three fascinating women. Unputdownable.' Veronica Henry, bestselling author of The Impulse Purchase Completely stole me away Paul slips inside her characters brilliantly, blending fact and fiction so seamlessly its impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. A total treat I loved it. Eve Chase, author of The Birdcage A stunning tour de force. A potent cocktail of brilliant characterisation, pacy elegant writing, and mesmerising drama as four wildly clever, talented women negotiate the perils of Jazz Age New York. LOVED it! Tracy Rees, author of The Rose Garden The Manhattan Girls pulled me into the dazzling world of prohibition New York and didnt let me go an utterly brilliant, entirely compulsive read. A seductive, heady triumph. Jenny Ashcroft, author of Under the Golden Sun If ever we needed escapism it is now, and The Manhattan Girls does that perfectly, whisking you instantly away to the glittering world of 1920s New York A sparkling read in so many ways! Liz Trenow, author of Under a Wartime Sky I loved this funny and moving novel about the bonds of friendship. Fiona Valpy, author of The Storyteller of Casablanca

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Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in the twentieth century and often writing about the lives of real women. Her novels have topped bestseller lists in the US and Canada as well as the UK and have been translated into twenty languages. The Secret Wife has sold over half a million copies and is a book-club favourite worldwide. She is also the author of several non-fiction books on historical subjects. She lives in London and swims year-round in a wild pond.