You’ll already know how very excited I get with the news of every new book from Gill Paul – she’s one of my very favourite authors. She thrilled me with the Romanovs – and I really loved both The Secret Wife (review here) and The Lost Daughter (you’ll find that review here). And then she chose another of my personal favourites – Wallis Simpson – as the subject of her next, and Another Woman’s Husband was everything I’d hoped it would be (you’ll find my review here). And she then could well have asked me “who would you like me write about next?” – it was Onassis, the Kennedys, and Maria Callas, and The Second Marriage was simply wonderful (you’ll find that review here). And then came The Collector’s Daughter (you’ll find my review here) – Lady Evelyn Herbert and the lost tomb of Tutankhamun – and it was an absolute delight.
So I’m really delighted today to help spread the news of her next book – this is the US cover reveal (her UK publishers Avon might well choose a different one), but it’s certainly whetted my appetite for this story of Jazz Age New York and the lives of the four women at the heart of the story. You’ll find the US preorder link here – the publication date in the US and Canada is 16th August. The publication date in the UK, Australia and New Zealand will be August 18th – and I’ll be sure to share the chosen cover and all the links a little nearer that date.
Let’s take a closer look:
It’s a 1920s version of Sex and the City, as Dorothy Parker – one of the wittiest women who ever wielded a pen—and her three friends navigate life, love, and careers in New York City.
New York City, 1921: The war is over, fashions are daring, and bootleg liquor is served wherever you go. It is here that four extraordinary women form a bridge group that grew into a firm friendship.
Dorothy Parker, renowned wit, member of the Algonquin Round Table, and more fragile than she seems. Jane Grant, first female reporter for The New York Times, who is determined to launch a new magazine. The Broadway actress Winifred Lenihan, beautiful, talented, and a casting-couch target. And Peggy Leech, magazine assistant by day, brilliant novelist by night.
Romances flourish and falter, while their goals sometimes seem impossible to reach, and their group friendship deepens against the backdrop of turbulent New York City, where new speakeasies open and close, jazz music flows through the air, and bathtub gin fills their glasses.
They gossip, they comfort each other, they offer support through the setbacks. But their biggest challenge is keeping their dear friend Dottie safe from herself. . .
In this brilliant new novel from the bestselling and acclaimed author of Jackie and Maria and The Secret Wife, readers will fall right into Jazz Age New York and into the inner lives of these groundbreaking, influential women.
I’m so looking forward to this one – and I’m sure you are too!
About the author
Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in the twentieth century and often writing about the lives of real women. Her novels have topped bestseller lists in the US and Canada as well as the UK and have been translated into twenty-one languages. The Secret Wife has sold over half a million copies and is a book-club favourite worldwide.
She is also the author of several non-fiction books on historical subjects. She lives in London and swims year-round in a wild pond. The Manhattan Girls will be her eleventh novel.