For those of you who are old enough to remember life in the ‘80’s get set for a trip down memory lane, for those of you who were not, brace yourself, because although Ros Raines has written this novel slightly ‘tounge-in-cheek, life really was like this: there were no limits, the streets were paved with gold, or so it appeared and the “champers’ flowed like water. Enjoy, preferably with a glass of champers – the good stuff of course!
When Savannah Stevenson gets herself mixed up in the Brixton riots in London thanks to a fellow journalists desire to experience them fist hand, although she was music journalist, she realises she is missing home and decides it is time to return to Sydney to see if she can advance her career from some time journalist to full time journalist.
She manages to get employed by The Sydney News as the social columnist. Her first job is at the society hostess Beatrice Bonney’s (Queen Bea’s) home on the prestigious Point Piper. Part way through the evening Queen Bea decides to show her guests the door in dramatic fashion, ordering them to leave whilst holding the door to the mansion open.
Of course Savannah can’t resist writing it up for the column , and by doing so set the benchmark for further columns which as time moves on and she received ever more invitations to lunches, dinners and parties, finds her embroiled in the social scenes of Sydney, favourite of many and hated enemy of others.
When she a meets a man who seems to be somewhat mysterious at one of these exclusive functions, they click and so begins a steamy romance which, in her saner moments, she realises is probably not going anywhere, but right now is pretty dammed good.
A weekend trip to Ayers Rock is supposed to be the highlight of their romance, but when she gets there Savannah discovers things are not all they were touted to be and she spends most of the weekend on her own, inadvertently coming across the scoop of the year.
This is a wonderful, light-hearted romp through the ‘80’s when life was for living, to see and be seen the highlight of a socialites life and entrepreneurs where ‘two bob a dozen’.
|Publisher||Allen & Unwin|