Wicked Games book review

A modern day bodice-ripping yarn, this is a novel one could cheerfully curl up with on a long-haul flight Discuss this article

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Sasha Wagstaff


A modern day bodice-ripping yarn, Sasha Wagstaff’s latest tale about eccentric English families with crumbling country piles is a novel one could cheerfully curl up with on a long-haul flight.

Straight from the Jilly Cooper-esque school of prose, and offering commercial fiction fans a large dose of light-hearted escapism, Wagstaff’s colourful characters are a hapless bunch, mostly made up of music industry heavyweights and has-beens, with a generous smattering of Formula 1 race circuit glamour thrown in for good measure.

Wagstaff’s strength lies in her ability to create a frothy yet compelling world where deeply buried feuds and secrets darken what might otherwise be just another chick-lit tale. Containing a little more intrigue than other novels of its ilk, but with plenty of satirical humour and a tight plot to tie it all together, Wicked Games is the kind of guilty pleasure that has one glued to the page and laughing out loud.

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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