Celia Lytton broke the rules when she demanded a job in her husband Oliver's young and eager publishing company. This was the belle epoque of Edwardian England, when women were expected to look lovely and bear children but nothing more. With the help of her stern sister-in-law LM, Celia proved she could do that and more, becoming invaluable in the success of Lyttons. Now the company is safe and flourishing, and a new generation of Lyttons is growing up to inherit it. But the future they are also going to inherit looks dark. As the delightful glamour of the twenties passes away, fearful shadows of war begin to gather and threaten the happiness and very lives of the family. Strong-willed and stubborn, Celia Lytton has survived much in her time - now she must guide her family through the brooding danger of the thirties and the terror and spirit of wartime until peace is finally declared.
- Hardback | 720 pages
- 166 x 244 x 53mm | 1,055g
- 27 Sep 2001
- Orion Publishing Co
- London, United Kingdom
About Penny Vincenzi
Penny Vincenzi began her career as a junior secretary for Vogue and Tatler. She later worked as Fashion and Beauty Editor on magazines such as Women's Own, before becoming a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan. She has written nine previous novels.
In a highly competitive field - the blockbuster women's novel - Penny Vincenzi stands alone. Her plots and characters may be as outrageous as many of her less talented rivals, but the craftsmanship and energy of her work may be the reason her sales put other practitioners to shame. In Something Dangerous, her heroine Celia has broken the rules by demanding a job in her husband's young publishing company. This is, after all, the belle poque and Edwardian England, when women were expected to be hausfraus and nothing more. With the help of her sister-in-law, Celia soon demonstrates her business skills, and her legacy is followed by Vincenzi into the war-shadowed years of the Thirties. The trick here is making all the challenges set for the doughty heroine (from struggles in a man's world to the grim rigours of war) equally interesting, and all the indications are that Vincenzi's highly successful No Angel has a worthy follow-up.