Narrated By: Alice Frayn
Duration: 10 hours and 47 minutes
What to expect
October 1929: As America helterskelters through the last days before the great crash the cream of Hollywood parties heedlessly on.
Beneath the sophistication and elegance, Hollywood society couple Max and Eleanor Beecham are on the brink of divorce, their finances teetering on a knife’s edge after a series of failed films. As the stock market tumbles it seems they have nowhere to turn but to the arms of their waiting lovers.
Hope is delivered in an invitation to one of the legendary weekend parties at Hearst Castle, where the prohibition champagne will be flowing and the room filled with every Hollywood big-shot around. They cannot resist one last chance of making it.
Scandalous, absurdly glamorous, the Hearst party is the epitome of Golden Era decadence, but for Max and Eleanor the time has come to make a decision that will change their future. Will they sacrifice everything for fame and fortune or plunge into their hidden past and grasp one last chance to love each other again?
If you love the decadence of 20s America and can't wait for The Great Gatsby film, here's a brilliant book to tide you over…
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‘unputdownable’ DAILY MAIL
"The delicately constructed plot keeps you guessing until the end … Waugh creates the early Hollywood world with verve and conviction in this taut, clever and moving novel" TLS
"dazzlingly evoked" Sunday Times
‘A lubricious new novel … period charm and sexual intrigue’ TATLER
‘A dizzy tale about greed, love, fame and money.’ **** HEAT
‘Gripping, glamorous and poignant, it’s a cracking tale that will keep you hooked from beginning to end’ HELLO!
‘Sunset Boulevard meets Nancy Mitford’ RED
‘This reminded me of Liza Klaussmann’s Tigers in Red Weather… a great companion piece for all the Gatsby fuss around this month… An absorbing, glamorous read.’ Viv Groskop, RED BOOK CLUB
‘gripping… powerful, evocative’ THE LADY
"Waugh blends fact and fiction in an intoxicating tale of life under the glittering veneer of Tinsel Town" Daily Record