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Penny Vincenzi

I'm currently taking part in a Q&A Group here on Goodreads to discuss my latest novel, Sheer Abandon . To post questions, please visit: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/4.... I look forward to an active discussion together.

I was nine years old when I embarked on my storytelling career. I wrote my own magazine called "Stories", which I copied out three times on carbon paper and sold for two pence at school. I then went on to write for my church magazine--only to be accused of irreverence toward the ladies in the sewing circle, and fired. So began a career in writing which has seen 7 million copies sold, and 11 years as a bestselling novelist.

My first "real" job was at the Harrods Library in London (where I was nearly fired but not quite). After secretarial college, I worked as a junior secretary at Vogue and Tatler magazines, before moving to the Daily Mirror as personal assistant to Marje Proops, Britain's legendary agony aunt.

Marje encouraged me to write, and I became fashion editor and beauty writer at the Mirror, working for the women's editor in what was irreverently known as the "fragrant department". Eventually I left the world of magazines to work for a cosmetics company, and formed a connection with Boots, Britain's number one health and beauty brand.

The connection with Boots was a turning point, and my husband Paul and I went on to launch Looking Good magazine. We sold our house and took out an enormous bank load to fund the magazine, and we literally had bailiffs at the door just before launch date. It was probably the greatest gamble of my life, but it paid off. The first issue was a sell-out.

I once asked bestselling British author Jilly Cooper for advice on writing a novel while interviewing her for a magazine profile. Jilly put me in touch with her own agent, who promptly auctioned off my (then unwritten) first novel. It was quickly snapped up and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, I'm married with four children and four grandchildrenand living in London, where I write full-time.
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    • By: Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
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    • By Patricia J Dunn on 08-21-10

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    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    • By Paul Hersh on 08-06-12

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    • By: Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Marti on 11-13-17

    Regular price: $25.81

    • An Absolute Scandal

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    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 35 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
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    Set during the boom-and-bust years of the 1980s, An Absolute Scandal follows the lives of a group of people drawn together by their mutual monetary woes....

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    • By NMProf on 11-12-08

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    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 27 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Nadine on 07-11-07

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    • A Perfect Heritage

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    • Length: 28 hrs and 32 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 23
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    • By parsnip on 08-31-15

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    • The Decision

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    • By Just on 05-16-12

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    • The Best of Times

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    • Narrated by: Judy Bennett
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      3 out of 5 stars 6
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By Frances on 05-11-12

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    • Windfall

    • By: Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated by: Laura Brattan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
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    Until Cassia Fallon inherits a fortune from her godmother, hers is a life half lived....

    Regular price: $11.56

    • The Dilemma

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    • Narrated by: Laura Brattan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
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    Francesca knows that she would do anything for those she loves. The question is, how much does she really love her husband? Maybe enough to do something terribly wrong....

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