Tilly Bagshawe's debut novel, ADORED, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Rights have sold in the US, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Italy and Russia. Tilly is a wonderfully promotable author, with excellent media contacts. Both ADORED and SHOWDOWN received excellent reviews across the board: 'Glitz, glamour and intrigue, this novel will leave you gripped to the very end' Real. 'Racy, pacy and very funny' Observer. 'Total self-indulgent, escapist pleasure, I adored it!' Sophie Kinsella. 'Tilly Bagshawe's writing exudes talent' Ireland on Sunday. 'The glitzy world of horse-racing makes this a galloping good read' The Sun. 'Hums with sex and glamour - the 1980s blockbuster with an ironic, 21st-century twist ... [Bagshawe] will lead the field' New Statesman. 'Excellent escapism' Cosmopolitan. 'This is so much fun you won't be able to put it down' OK. 'Tilly Bagshawe's latest offering SHOWDOWN is every bit as brilliant as you'd expect' Heat.
Tilly Bagshawe went to college at the age of eighteen with her ten-month- old daughter in tow. At 26, she was the youngest ever partner in one of the world's most prestigious headhunting firms. She now writes for The Times, the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard and lives in London with her family.
In this follow-up to Adored, Bagshawe takes readers into the worlds of horseracing, horse breeding, and ranching. British teenager Milly Lockwood Groves wants to be a jockey, but her breeder father and social-climbing mother forbid her from pursuing her dream. Things change for Milly both personally and professionally when she develops a crush on visiting American horse trainer Bobby Cameron and an unfortunate event results in something positive: her parents allow her to go to California under Bobby's care to train to race professionally. Meanwhile, twentysomething Bobby is disturbed by his growing attraction to Milly (she's only 17!), inherits his father's California ranch, and enters into a deal with a devil, with unfortunate consequences for him and Milly. Supporting characters like Milly's brother, Jasper, and her rival, Rachel, add to the hijinks. Although this entertaining escapist read includes all the compelling elements of unrequited love, sex, drugs, and deceit, Bobby's attraction to Milly just doesn't ring true and prevents the book from being as deliciously captivating as Bagshawe's acclaimed debut. Still, public libraries should expect summer demand.-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Brilliant, pure escapism" THE SUN
The Horse Whisperer and National Velvet meet Jackie Collins behind the barn in this libidinous fly-on-the-stall peek at horse racing and California real estate chicanery, just in time for beach read season. Irresistible Bobby Cameron, 23, and already one of the most skilled horse breakers and trainers in the world, inherits Highwood, his father's 3,000-acre California ranch, but not the money to keep it out of foreclosure. He takes a job training two horses on a highly regarded racing stud farm in Newmarket, England, where he falls for the farm owner's 17-year-old daughter, Milly Lockwood Groves. Milly is a frustrated rider forced by her family to give up her career after a neck injury, and she's living in the shadow of her neighbor and rival, Rachel Delaney, a sexy and successful pro rider. Milly's dad has a minor stroke and finally agrees to let her return to riding and to train with Bobby at Highwood. While Milly grows closer to her dream of professional riding-and outshining Rachel-na?ve Bobby takes on a sleazy partner with big bucks and an ulterior motive. This follow-up to Bagshawe's surprise bestseller, Adored, should satisfy this year's crop of vacationers. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.