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As a librarian, Imogen read a lot of books, but none of them covered real life on the Riviera. 

Her holiday with tennis ace Nicky and the whole glamorous coterie of journalist, playboy, photographer was a revelation. But the path of a jet-set virgin in that lovely wicked world was a hard one. Imogen began to wonder if virtue really was its own reward....

©1978 Jilly Cooper (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • amanda c.
  • 07-14-18

Spoilt by terrible narration again!

I got half way through, but had to give up due to the ridiculous accents.

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  • Maggie
  • 07-26-18

Another time, another world... but still fun

After so few of Jilly Cooper's books recorded, we've had an explosion of them in the past few months, involving both the Rutshire Chronicles (for which Jilly is best known) and these, the shorter single name novels of the 70s, of which Imogen was always my favourite.
I know I keep repeating this but it's always worth mentioning for anyone just searching to see if Jilly Cooper has any new books published. These books were written a long time ago, long before Rupert Campbell-Black made any appearance. Imogen was first published in 1978, 40 years ago so I can understand why anyone younger, hooked on the Rutshire saga, has been disconcerted if they listened to Emily, Harriet, Octavia etc.. under the impression they are new novels. They aren't and they reflect the attitudes and morals of the time.
For me, and those of my generation they are great; revisiting our youth. Matthew O'Connor, in this book, and Gareth Llewellyn in Octavia are my two favourite male characters but neither are really well served by the narration and accents, though Matt comes out of it better than Gareth did.
For those born in the 21stC they must be very confusing - why on earth does Imogen need her parent's consent to go on holiday with friends? Why all the panic and secrecy of going on the pill? Would anyone seriously set out for the South of France and pack Lady Jacintha's moth eaten red swimsuit, donated to the church jumble sale?
Read it and you'll find out.
It was a different time, a different world, in some ways more innocent but in other ways a lot more fun. Not the greatest of narrations, but acceptable.

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  • Paul White
  • 07-16-18

Fantastic

Good story, well written and well read, really enjoyed this book. Would recommend to anyone.