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The return of the bonkbuster

7 April 2008

'I was in the airport lounge at Heathrow, wanting something big and juicy for the sun lounger and looking in the commercial women's fiction section. I'd read everything that Jackie Collins and Jilly Cooper had to offer. Everything else at the lighter-weight end was misery memoirs and chick lit. I just thought, this really isn't what I wanted. I wanted Valley of the Dolls, Lace: the sort of books that seemed to be out of vogue... Storytelling is key. I don't think you can write 160,000 words on sex and shopping.'

Tasmina Perry, author of Gold Diggers, in The Times