Abacus, 2004. A paperback in very good, clean condition. Creasing to the spine.
When Janey Wilcox makes it big as a Victoria's Secret model, she finally gets the celebrity status she has always craved. Suddenly the car of her dreams is hers and, even better, so is that house in New York's exclusive Hamptons. No longer will she have to choose her boyfriends according to who has a house she can summer in. At the most exclusive of Hampton parties, Janey finds herself mingling with Hollywood celebrities and the cream of New York society. But all this is secondary when she is charmed and captivated by a handsome, successful man, a man who quickly becomes her new beau. Janey, though, is not the type to live happily ever after, especially with her chequered past of far from good behaviour . . . By the author of Sex and the City and Four Blondes, Trading Up is classic Candace Bushnell: wickedly funny social satire at its most sassy and entertaining.
'The pace never flags and the plot twists remain compelling. The pithy elegance of her writing and the faultless ear for barbed chit-chat reminded me of Dorothy Parker' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A dark, pitiless world lit up by Bushnell's razor-sharp wit.' INDEPENDENT 'There is something that sticks in the memory after TRADING UP is closed. Bushnell is so good at conveying the clenched teeth behind the most brilliant smile' GUARDIAN 'Hugely entertaining, and littered with the astute observations that have become the writer's trademark' INDEPENDENT 'So deliciously engaging...laugh-out-loud good. Unsettlingly dark too.' SCOTSMAN 'Bushnell shines her light on love, sex, wealth and society with wit and skill.' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Bushnell is writing about a world that she knows well and she does it entertainingly.' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Bushnell succeeds because she provides what readers and audiences have always craved, from Moliere down through Wilde and Witford to Dynasty and the rash of current celebrity magaxines- a window on the stupidities and weakness of the rich and powerful, inspiring an addictive mix of envy and moral superiority.' OBSERVER 'Typical Bushnell, full or mordant wit, casual sex and highly conspicuous consumption.' DAILY MAIL 'A divinely delicious and wicked satire on New York society.' PUBLISHING NEWS 'unputdownable.' B MAGAZINE 'Insightful and wickedly funny.' COSMOPOLITAN 'TRADING UP is an exciting look at how the socialites in New York live, a rollercoaster read of money, sex and fashion enlivened by Bushnell's sharp wit.' IRELAND ON SUNDAY 'Much like sitting down with a well-connected, well-informed and witty friend to get the latest gossip, this is a wicked thrill best enjoyed with a bottle of wine. Bushnell's knack for balancing superficial sparkle with shrewd social observation elevates the book way above chick-lit fluff.' TNT MAGAZINE
Candace Bushnell is the creator of SEX AND THE CITY and has been described by the EVENING STANDARD as a 'genius'. The OBSERVER compared her to Nancy Mitford and the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH to 'Jane Austen with a Martini.'