The Shoe Queen

The Shoe Queen

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English society beauty Genevieve Shelby King parties to the utmost with the Anglo-American artists and writers of Montparnasse. She has a rich husband, a glamorous apartment and an enormous shoe collection. But there is something hollow at the centre of Genevieve's charmed life. When she spots a pair of unique and exquisite shoes on the feet of an arch rival one night, her whole collection -- indeed everything she has -- seems suddenly worthless. The exclusive designer Paolo Zachari, renowned for his fabulous shoes and eccentric behaviour, hand-picks his clients according to whim. And he has determined to say no to Genevieve. As her desire for the pair of unobtainable shoes develops into an obsession with their creator, Genevieve's elaborately designed life comes under threat, and she is forced to confront the emptiness at its heart.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 34mm | 299.37g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552773344
  • 9780552773348
  • 799,504

Review quote

"What a book. Prepare to be plunged into the obscenely-rich, scandal-spiked, intrigue-laced world of 1920s Paris...Luxurious and edged with peril, like slipping on a pair of unwalkably-high Manolos." * Cosmopolitan * "If you yearn for latter-day soirees and have a shoe fetish to rival Carrie Bradshaw's, you'll love this book about an English society beauty" * Heat * "An enthralling tale of a heel-obsessed socialite, whose desire to own a pair of exclusive Paolo Zachari shoes is so great, it leads to an affair with the designer himself" * In Style * "An entertaining tale of desire, desperation and designer pumps" * Metro * "So sharply individual, a brilliant, clever idea" -- Rachel Billingtonshow more

About Anna Davis

Anna Davis lives in London with her husband and two children. She is a former Guardian columnist and works part-time for a leading literary agency.show more

Review Text

"If you yearn for latter-day soirees and have a shoe fetish to rival Carrie Bradshaw's, you'll love this book about an English society beauty"show more

Back cover copy

'Prepare to be plunged into the obscenely rich, scandal-spiked, intrigue-laced world of '20s Paris' Cosmopolitan Society beauty Genevieve Shelby King devotes her life to partying with the artists and writers of Montparnasse. But despite her rich husband, glamorous apartment and enormous shoe collection, there is something hollow at the centre of Genevieve's charmed life. When she spots a pair of exquisite shoes on the feet of an arch rival, her whole collection suddenly seems worthless. The exclusive designer Paolo Zachari, renowned for his fabulous shoes and eccentric behaviour, hand-picks his clients according to whim - and he has determined to say no to Genevieve. As her desire for the pair of unobtainable shoes develops into an obsession with their creator, Genevieve is forced to confront the emptiness at the heart of her own elaborately designed life. 'A whirlwind of beauty and seduction, with a satisfyingly dark undercurrent' Psychologies 'If you have a shoe fetish to rival Carrie Bradshaw's, you'll love this book' Heatshow more

Rating details

495 ratings
3.26 out of 5 stars
5 12% (60)
4 27% (135)
3 40% (199)
2 16% (78)
1 5% (23)
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