Valley of the Dolls

Author(s): Jacqueline Susann

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Before Jackie Collins, Candace Bushnell and Lena Dunham, Jacqueline Susann held the world rapt with her tales of the private passions of Hollywood starlets, high-powered industrialists and the jet-set. Valley of the Dolls took the world by storm when it was first published, fifty years ago. Never had a book been so frank about sex, drugs and show business. It is often sited as the bestselling novel of all time. Dolls - red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer, it doesn't matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there's nowhere left to go but down - to the Valley of the Dolls.

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The kind of book most of its readers could not put down. I, for one, could not ... For me reading Valley of the Dolls was like reading a very, very long, absolutely delicious gossip column ... Magnetic Nora Ephron Valley Of The Dolls remains a brave, bold, angry and, yes, definitely a feminist book. All that, and still about the most fun you can have without a prescription -- Julie Burchill Guardian Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the raw side of love ... for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story-for romance with tears and oral sex -- Michael Korda The New Yorker Valley of the Dolls remains a pop-culture touchstone: a gleefully salacious story of friendship, sex, backstabbing and pills ... Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the tawdry tale of Anne Welles, Jennifer North and Neely O'Hara hasn't lost its punch ... One of the most talked-about books of all time New York Times 50 years later, it's still spot on. The world's changed immensely but the climb to the top is still a tough one Michael Kors Much imitated, but never bettered Daily Telegraph Valley of the Dolls remains a pop-culture touchstone: a gleefully salacious story of friendship, sex, backstabbing and pills ... Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the tawdry tale of Anne Welles, Jennifer North and Neely O'Hara hasn't lost its punch ... One of the most talked-about books of all time New York Times 50 years later, it's still spot on. The world's changed immensely but the climb to the top is still a tough one Michael Kors Valley Of The Dolls remains a brave, bold, angry and, yes, definitely a feminist book. All that, and still about the most fun you can have without a prescription -- Julie Burchill Guardian The kind of book most of its readers could not put down. I, for one, could not ... For me reading Valley of the Dolls was like reading a very, very long, absolutely delicious gossip column ... Magnetic Nora Ephron

Jacqueline Susann is a legend in American publishing. Her debut novel, Valley of the Dolls, published in 1966, has sold over 40 million copies in 30 languages. Susann was the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times Best Seller List. She was married to her beloved husband, producer Irving Mansfield, until her untimely death on September 21, 1974, after a courageously fought battle with breast cancer. Susann's intensely private twelve-year fight to overcome the disease was not known publicly until after death. She was 56.

General Fields

  • : 9780349008325
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Virago Press Ltd
  • : May 2016
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

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  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Jacqueline Susann