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The extraordinary story of the blockbuster novelist whose rollercoaster life exceeded his own wild plots. Harold Robbins, the godfather of the airport novel pulsating with sex and glamour, changed the face of publishing with classics such as The Carpetbaggers, The Dream Merchants and The Lonely Lady. His readers loved his steamy tales of money, soft porn, drugs, corruption, greed and, just sometimes, redemption, while his fans included Pablo Picasso, Mario Puzo, James Baldwin, Jackie Collins, Sidney Sheldon and Camille Paglia. In his lifetime, his book sales exceeded 750 million, and he became as much a part of the sexual and social revolution as the Pill, Playboy and pot. Responsible for the whole new genre of commercial publishing, unintentionally Harold Robbins spawned the careers of writers such as Jacqueline Susann, Judith Krantz and Shirley Conran. The world's first playboy writer, he reportedly frittered away $50 million on fast cars, loose women and high living. Obsessed with fame and fortune, Harold Robbins was a deeply complex and often controversial man; a constant master of self-invention, even his closest friends and lovers could only guess at the past of the man behind the perma-tanned mask and gigantic mirrored sunglasses. Author Biography: Andrew Wilson remembers secretly reading Harold Robbins as a teenager, and has spoken to many friends, lovers and enemies of this most provocative of writers. Wilson's other books are the award-winning biography Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith, and the novel The Lying Tongue.
'Lucky Strike. Coca Cola. Harold Robbins. But what is this product? Who is this guy?' Harold Robbins on himself
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.540
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1