The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder – Holly McQueen


Holly McQueen has wanted to be a writer ever since discovering that the nuns at her junior school would let her off maths homework if she wrote a story instead. After unexpected detours via law, magazine journalism, and even musical theatre, she began writing her first novel in 2006. Holly lives with her husband in London. She still avoids maths.

The book in one sentence: Isabel Bookbinder wants to be the next bestselling author but is more concerned about getting the author ‘Look’ right than writing the damn bloody book itself.

Who would you recommend it to: Nobody. Not even if you like chick lit.

OK bits: Nothing. But I suppose I’m a bit biased!

Boring bits: Everything. Totally unoriginal.

Random review quote:

“A marvellously funny debut” – Jilly Cooper

Verdict: Do not touch this book with a ten-foot pole. Totally ripped off Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, right down to the interlude letters. (Even ripped off the image of my header for her cover! Haha okay, I’m lying.) Character Isabel Bookbinder is delusional, ridiculous and totally unlovable. Yes, I clearly loathe the book and so did everyone else who wrote a review on Amazon. Or Barnes & Noble, can’t remember.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Isabel M.
    May 17, 2011 @ 08:23:44

    Oh. God. I have a terrible…. sidekick named J. Bookbinder who follows me around and makes awkward sexual comments. I hope to see this name, “Isabel Bookbinder”, erased from history at all costs. PLEASE destroy all evidence of this book immediately.



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