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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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at

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