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The Knockoff Audiobook

The Knockoff: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her 20-something former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired "the gray hairs", put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can't tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve's reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop - hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and "fun" means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice - pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider's look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

©2015 Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Sykes and Piazza brilliantly satirize and skewer the freakiest aspects of today's changing fashion landscape with all its blogtastic insanity. Bravo girls!" (Simon Doonan, creative ambassador for Barneys New York and author of The Asylum: True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion)

"This is what it's really like working at a glossy, New York fashion magazine. Makes The Devil Wears Prada look like My Little Pony." (Toby Young, best-selling author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People )

"In the interest of full disclosure I must reveal that Lucy is my MUCH older twin (by over half an hour). So I am biased. But even if Lucy weren't my sister, I would still say that The Knockoff is a bang-on, absolutely of-the-moment, super-trendy, amazingly witty take on the world of online and magazine fashion. " (Plum Sykes, best-selling author of Bergdorf Blondes)

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    Pearl165 Boston 06-02-15
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    I loved this book, couldn't wait to hear more. Kept you on the edge of your seat and perfectly described as a mix of The Devil wears Prada and Silicon Valley! Love love love

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Syddd 05-24-15
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    I loved this book! The narrator was fantastic, I felt like I was in the office with the ladies, stressing out and eating bird food! The story was engaging and touching, a coming of age saga with a techy twist. I can't believe I'm saying this but The Knockoff blew away The Devil Wears Prada. If you enjoyed the book or even the movie, you'll love this!

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    Karen W. Hopkinton, MA USA 06-26-15
    Karen W. Hopkinton, MA USA 06-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    I loved the story and the characters. The villainess was stereotypically bad, but in a very enjoyable way to detest. Fun listen!

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    CBug70 CA USA 01-14-16 Member Since 2012

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    In my initial review of the book, which was hastily written after only listening to the book for an hour, I bashed the narrator for yelling the entire time and giving me a headache. I was very intrigued by the story, so I kept listening the next day. As I got totally into the story, the narrator became brilliant in her depiction of the various characters. The narrator was loud and as annoying as heck when she was "Eve" but that was the epitome of Eve! I take back what I originally said about the narrator and hope others will give her a chance to make the book and characters come alive. Well done. Brilliant.

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    Solid plot, well developed characters and stunning performance. Never a dull moment; I enjoyed this title immensely!

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    Most fun I've had in... years! Narration a bit of a miss but the story more than makes up for it.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-01-16
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I picked this one up because I thought it would a light and easy read, which it was. However, I didn't expect to be quite so entertained and engrossed in the story line. I loved the character of Imogen and I was outraged on her behalf by the "dinosaur" antics of Eve. I also must admit, as a user of hotmail myself, I found myself cringing at the references to hotmail being used by - well, let's say, the non-hip group, LOL! Imogen was such a likeable character that it was easy to root for her. I also imagine that Imogen's feelings and circumstances translates easily into career fields other than fashion. Overall, a fast, entertaining and enjoyable story with good narration. The one criticism that I have is that the chapter from Annabelle's perspective did nothing to move the story line along and could have easily been omitted.

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    "Loved it!"

    I could not devour this audio book fast enough and I'm already craving a sequel! The peek at the fashion publishing world is fun, and the generational culture clash in the story could apply to any industry. Eve Morton is one villain you'll love to hate more and more as you grow to love Imogen Tate. Wonderful narration job by Katherine Kellgren, who brought the characters to life perfectly. I hope the authors have plans for another novel in this genre, and soon!

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    Cathy Hill 06-24-15
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    "Delightful!"

    Well-written, clever and humorous - one of those books you hate to have end. I hope to see more from this duo of talented authors again very soon. Katherine Kellgren, as always, is a joy to listen to - she makes characters come alive. The combination of great writing and pitch perfect narration is unbeatable. Enjoy!

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    I've only just started the book and the story is good, but the narrator always seems to be yelling!! The English accent is also very thick - very distracting.

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