From the bestselling author of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA comes a no-holds barred expose of the world of the Manhattan super-rich and super-successful.
Bette is 27, smart, pretty, fun – and bored. When she splits up with her long-term boyfriend, she decides it's time for a change. A chance meeting propels her into a new role as a party planner. Running with the cool Manhattan pack, Bette can hardly believe her luck. Suddenly, the greatest city in the world is her own personal playground and boy, the toys are incredible!
But quicker than you can say Manolo Blahnik, everything starts to fall apart. Bette finds herself the prey of a notorious playboy – and suddenly the lead item of the society gossip columns. Her new boss couldn't be more thrilled but Bette's family and old friends are less so. The girl they know and love, with a penchant for dodgy romance novels, cheesy 80s music and junk food, is in danger of turning into just another Park Avenue Princess.
As Bette struggles to keep both her old and new lives from imploding, she finds salvation in an unlikely form. But can she say goodbye to the glamour and the Gucci, the Prada and the parties, and step back into the real world – and into the arms of a real Prince Charming?
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The working title of The Doorman Wears Dolce makes this instantly recognisable as the follow-up to surely the most fabulously titled debut of 2003 The Devil Wears Prada. For her second novel Lauren Weisberger sticks with what she knows; New York City, but this time it’s the achingly cool world of Manhattan’s party people rather than the fashion pack. At the beginning of the novel Bette (Bettina) Robinson, 27 year old daughter of vegan hippie parents is working eighty-hour weeks as a corporate drone in the offices of investment bank CWK Hoffman. The highlight of her social calendar is a dinner date with her uncle and his boyfriend every Thursday night. Handily, said uncle is also a famous, highly syndicated columnist who manages to secure Bette a shiny new job as a party planner at top PR agency. Cue our heroine’s descent into Manhattan’s social whirl as she struggles with the outrageous demands of celebrity clients plus unwelcome exposure in a regular gossip column. It’s a perfect escapist read, and fans of The Devil Wears Prada will love it but if you’re missing your SATC fix then I’d recommend Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin and Midnight in Manhattan by Francesca Delbanco as altogether more satisfying slices of the Big Apple.Review:
‘Loved Devil Wears Prada? Then you will devour this follow-up.’ ELLE
PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA:
‘This little gem mixes Sex and the City charm with dry New York wit.’ REAL
‘Sassy, insightful and sooo Sex and The City, you'll be rushing to the bookshop for your copy like it's a half price Prada sale.’ COMPANY
‘The most fun we've had in ages.’ HEAT
‘Delicious…a great insight into the world of magazines and fashion.’ RED
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007181493