Title: Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings
Author: Wendy Holden
Release Date: February 14th, 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Genre: romantic comedy
First in a laugh-out-loud new series that fans of The Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella will love!
She’ll need a triple-barrelled name for the castle one. She’ll need a gallon of glitter for the woodland one. She’ll need a lobster-shaped hat for the Shoreditch one.
Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she’s an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapés. But she’s just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy exposé.
Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites – and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down…
This is the first book I’ve read by Wendy and I really enjoyed it. She has a unique writing style that I liked a lot. I love a good book about weddings and this one did not disappoint.
Laura is the main character and she’s great right from the first page. I loved her and knew she’d be one of those characters that would get herself into some predicaments. She didn’t disappoint. Her longing to be a journalist, following in her father’s footsteps, was clear from the first chapter. I loved her determination and knowing she just had to do whatever possible to get there. Including taking an unpaid internship with a magazine.
Hipster weddings are such fun to read and I imagine an actual growing trend. The ones Laura has to write stories on definitely did not disappoint. I laughed out loud at some of the scenarios happening around Laura, how could you not? If ridiculous was a wedding theme, these would qualify.
Wendy has a way of making you feel like you’re a part of the story. Her descriptions are so vivid and well written that I actually felt like I was right there with Laura for the entire book. She’s funny and the story flowed easily.
-Laura – I just loved Laura as the main character. She’s fun, funny and determined. I loved rooting for her to succeed.
-The Hipster weddings. Good grief, Wendy has an imagination that had me laughing until I cried. Laura’s thoughts on the weddings and how she handled them were spot on as well.
-That this is the first book of Wendy’s that I’ve read.
Yes! If you love chick lit, weddings and laughing, you’ll love this book. It’s written well, funny and addictive right from the start. These are the kinds of books I love when I reach the end because you just feel like you had a mini vacation and experiences that made your day great. I read this book in one night and never even hesitated to skip dinner to finish it (or having my family eat cereal for dinner…).
I’ll definitely be buying some of Wendy’s other books and can only hope they are as fabulous as this one is!
Say Hello to author Wendy Holden!
Wendy Holden grew up in Yorkshire, and studied English at Girton College, Cambridge. She worked in magazines for many years before joining Tatler’s in 1997 as deputy editor, and later moved to the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, which she left in 2000 to concentrate on writing. She regularly writes features for newspapers and magazines on a range of social, topical and lifestyle subjects and is also a television and radio contributor.
She has now published ten novels, Gallery Girl, Beautiful People, Bad Heir Day, Pastures Nouveaux, Fame Fatale, Azur Like It, The Wives of Bath, The School for Husbands, Filthy Rich, Farm Fatale, Gossip Hound, Simply Divine, all top 10 bestsellers.
Holden is married, and lives in England with her family.
Tell me what made you want to become a writer? I had some great material – glossy magazines, socialite lifestyles, from my various jobs in journalism. I wanted to entertain people and make them laugh. Comedy is important. It is much harder to amuse people than to depress them, and much better to uplift and cheer people than make them sad.
What’s a hobby you have that’s got nothing to do with books? I love to draw and paint and before I became a novelist I used to be a cartoonist. I met my husband at a ball where I had been employed to draw (not terribly flattering) caricatures of ball-goers. He was in the jazz band right behind me. Being a cartoonist is all about spotting what’s ridiculous and exaggerating it for comic effect. I do that with words now, and the subject of fashionable weddings in Laura Lake And The Hipster Weddings has been an especially rich source of funny material.
What’s your favorite reading/writing snack? I love crisps, especially cheese and onion ones from the Co-Op. They have the most intense flavour, better than Walkers’. I have at least one small bag a day, usually with a glass of wine after six o’clock. My least favourite extruded-starch snacks are Quavers, which smell repulsive, and pickled-onion-flavoured Monster Munch. I mourn the decline of Phileas Fogg, whose Bagel Chips were heaven in a bag. And I used to adore porky scratchings until I saw what they were doing to my teeth.
What is your favorite season? I love them all; at their best they are all perfect. Spring, with its foaming blossom and lovely flowers is such a relief after the long dark winters we get here in Derbyshire. It is wonderful to hear the birds sing again and feel the sun. And summer, with its shaggy green trees and the long soft warm evenings when I can work in the garden, is a joy. I live in a wood, so autumn round here is spectacular, and winter sunsets with a pink sky reflected in the sparkling snow are unforgettable. But of course it can rain in all seasons; the hills where I live are green for a reason! The countryside is a huge inspiration in my writing; not only the beauty of it but the people too. Laura Lake’s next adventure, Laura Lake And The Celebrity Meltdown, is set in a fashionable village full of famous people.
Tell me your favorite part of the writing process? I love it when I have written a passage that really works and which makes me laugh. The first chapter of Laura Lake And The Hipster Weddings is probably the funniest thing I have ever written. Laura is part of a contemporary art installation; she has to sit on a mattress surrounded by litter and stare into a smartphone to symbolise urban alienation.
Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done? I have the most amazing hut in my garden. It started life as a flatpack shed which the former owners just shoved garden stuff in. I have pimped it and enlarged it (a ‘hutstention’!) and it now boasts a deck with a view over the valley and a little garden in front. Inside there is a chaise longue, a red telephone, a phrenologists’ head and an electric organ. Oh, and several other sofas and chairs, endless books, a chandelier and walls covered in framed Aubrey Beardsley prints which I bought at an auction. I have a tiny desk and a rather elderly computer, but I work better here than anywhere else. There is no internet connection and I am completely undisturbed.
Where are you most inspired? The bath! I get all my best ideas while lying in a couple of feet of hot soapy water. I’ve thought of novel titles whilst lying there, and lots of plot twists and jokes. I can completely see how Archimedes hit on his Principle whilst soaking in the tub. It does something to your brain.
What are you working on now? My new Laura Lake adventure, Laura Lake And The Celebrity Meltdown. I am fascinated with the celebrity lifestyle, it is full of comedy, as are glossy magazines. I had a long career on them myself and Laura is a glossy magazine journalist whose investigations get her into all sorts of trouble. For the Hipster Weddings, she had to infiltrate three fashionable society weddings; this did not go entirely smoothly! I love Laura, she is gutsy, glamorous and funny as well as level-headed and loyal. Her two best friends, flaky Bond actor Caspar and international socialite Lulu, are hilarious and wonderful to write about too.
Coffee, Wine or something else? Coffee in the morning – in a little French coffee bowl, it tastes better that way. And wine in the evening and tea all the rest of the time. Mint tea with a lump of sugar – and always in a nice cup and saucer – before I go to bed. Champagne is my favourite drink of all. On the rare occasions I drink champagne cocktails I try to remember that while one is never enough, two is too much and one should avoid at all costs what Graham Greene called the ‘dangerous third’. That way madness lies, not to mention a banging hangover.
What type of scenes are your favorite to write? Funny ones with lots of dialogue and lifestyle detail. What sets the Laura Lake novels apart from the ones that anyone else is writing is the amount of contemporary comic types in them. You will find foraging chefs with beards and tattoos, Old Etonian cocktail mixologists, society DJs, fashionable Chelsea florists specialising in arrangements in jam jars, trangendering butlers, rock and roll je##wellers who make male tiaras and a whole lot else.
What’s been your favorite line in a review of one of your books? “I adored it!” The Daily Mail on Laura Lake And The Hipster Weddings. Oh, and Jilly Cooper’s ‘effing marvellous’ for the same book was pretty good too!
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Thank you, Wendy & Suzanne @ Head of Zeus, for allowing me to feature this book and participate in the tour! I so enjoyed getting to know you through your interview!