Valley of the Dolls

by |December 19, 2009

Valley of the DollsWith re-runs of re-runs on one channel, rejects from the US on another and sport or Jim Carey movies on every other channel the best thing about TV over the holiday period is that it forces us to open a good book. That is, if you have a good book to read…

Last year I was trapped in a beach house for two rainy weeks – the TV was useless, the latest releases at the local DVD shop were Citizen Kane and Gone with the Wind, we had no Internet connection – my family cracked under the pressure and wouldn’t talk to one another. When I looked for a book I was horrified to find the beach house had a small library of just five novels and ten or so Reader’s Digest condensed novels.

Jacqueline Susan’s Valley of the Dolls was the pick of the bunch. (It has sold over 30 million copies!) Great trash. But I felt kinda dirty afterwards…. Intellectually speaking, that is…

This year I will be more prepared. I have put together a collection of Beach Reads for every member of my family. Click here to see them all.

Nothing heavy, just easy reading, which grips from the start and can be picked up and put down when the need arises.

This year, rain, hail or shine, when the inevitable grumpy silence descends over my family, and we move to our separate sullen corners, at least there’ll be something for us all to read.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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