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Diamond heiress Rianne de Zoete is shocked when she's dumped at an English boarding school by her aunt. The girls who have to share a room with Rianne are just as unimpressed; the haughty, beautiful newcomer appears to have no intention of fitting in with them. Gabby, Charmaine and Nathalie are appalled at Rianne's arrogance and her racism. Riitho Modise, the handsome, black student at the local boys' school has even more reason to dislike Rianne. His father is a political prisoner in South Africa, where the de Zoete millions are all-powerful. They may be from the same country, but Riitho and Rianne are from different worlds. They loathe each other. Despite a turbulent beginning, a friendship sparks between the four girls which binds them together. Gabby heads to Oxford and a law degree, while Nathalie puts her business brain to creating a highly successful lingerie company in London. Charmaine finds herself on a slippery slope - a new boyfriend, LA sunshine and a heady mix of cocaine and alcohol prove a dangerous combination, while Rianne, effortlessly as ever, slips into modelling. Then the unthinkable happens.Rianne glimpses a face from her past, a face she's never really forgotten.
The chance encounter shakes her world and challenges everything she's ever believed in. Times are changing and for Rianne and her friends, nothing is going to be the same again...Sweeping from London to Los Angeles, Johannesburg to Martinique, SUNDOWNERS is a glittering tale from a striking new voice in women's fiction.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 46mm | 839.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 075285741X
  • 9780752857411

About Lesley Naa Norle Lokko

Lesley Lokko was born in Scotland in 1964 of mixed Ghanaian-Scots parentage. She grew up in Ghana, and was educated in Ghana, the US and the UK. She trained as an architect and currently lives in Ghana.
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'A very 21st-century blockbuster, this has all the classic elements - nail-biting narrative, absorbing relationships, glamorous locations - with an extra shot of intelligence...Much more than a coming-of-age tale, this creates a glamorous and exciting world that is so contemporary and convincing you'll feel like a special fifth member of their group' COSMOPOLITAN 'With its Tequila Sunrise-coloured cover, this seems to promise some sort of antidote to the misery of dark winter evenings. It is best described as a sort of Blockbuster Plus - in this case, plus a little bit more intelligence and social and political grip than is normal...Agreeably glamorous and pageturning' DAILY MAIL 'Tremendous fun and scarily readable' THE BOOKSELLER 'In this big-hearted women's read, four women forge friendships across continents' -- Andrea Henry DAILY MIRROR 'This is an absolute treat of a read set in the uber-chic worlds of modelling, politics and international corporations and set against the glamorous backdrops of London, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Martinque. If this sexy and intelligent debut is anything to go by, Lesley Lokko is set to be a big thing in contemporary lit' DAILY RECORD 'This bumper tale with a political spin tells the story of four very different women who met while at boarding school, and the friendship that binds them together' 3-Stars WOMAN'S OWN 'Four girls meet at boarding school, forming a bond that lasts into adulthood. With glamorous characters this blockbuster is a bit trashy, but its a juicy read' HEAT 'I enjoyed it hugely, not only because it is a rattling good read but because it's so refreshingly wonderfully unpretentious...I'm looking forward to her next one already' -- Wendy Holden SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Make way Jackie Collins - there's an exciting new writer on the block. (Sundowners) has glamour, forbidden love and exotic locations. What more could you ask for?' BELLA 'Lesley Lokko's debut novel is a tumultous mix; romance meets rites of passage drama meets political incursion' THE LIST (Glasgow & Edinburgh) 'Are you fed up with contemporary commercial fiction? Do you yearn for those '80s sex and shopping blockbusters, featuring the super rich bitch? If so, you'll love 'Sundowners', a first novel from Lesley entertaining read with a dollop of intellect' -- Sue Leonard IRISH EXAMINER
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977 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 42% (413)
4 35% (341)
3 18% (174)
2 4% (37)
1 1% (12)
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