Piece of My Heart


Author: Tree, Penelope Published 23/05/2024 | Hardback
242 x 162 x 26 | 468g

ISBN: 9781919618791 Category:

Trapped between the suffocation of English boarding school and a chaotic homelife dominated by her eccentric mother, Ari longs for a different kind of life – one lived in the glamour of London, with the pop stars and fashion icons she adores. It seems impossible until she is discovered by Bill Ramsey – the notorious bad boy photographer of the Swinging Sixties set. Suddenly, Ari’s life is transformed into a dizzying whirlwind of drugs, photoshoots, and parties, all with the famous Ramsey by her side. The young couple are the darlings of the media. But in the fickle world of fashion, nothing lasts forever – and Ari’s addiction, her eating disorder and her increasingly dysfunctional relationship with Ramsey send her life spinning out of control. A Vogue cover shoot in Nepal offers Ari a make-or-break chance – not just to revive her ailing career, but to win back Ramsey’s love, the only thing that matters to her. But in the captivating surroundings, Ari finds herself wondering how much more of herself she must lose to keep the things she always thought she wanted. An honest and strikingly moving exploration of what we will sacrifice for love, amid a richly-detailed setting of 1960s London’s fashion scene. Piece Of My Heart is a coming-of-age story with a difference that will appeal to readers of Marian Keyes’s Rachel’s Holiday and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins-Reid.

‘Piece Of My Heart shows both sides of the fashion world – the highs and the lows – told by a true 60s icon – I loved it.’ – Kate Moss’It had me intrigued, then gripped, then up ’till the early hours desperate to follow Ariadne’s journey. Beautifully written, wise, funny and all so true.’ – Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky’Penelope Tree paints a vivid picture of one woman’s extraordinary life from a childhood marred by maternal neglect through to a life of dazzling fame, glamour and success and back out the other side. I read this book in one sitting. It’s a triumph.’ – Jasper Conran’Set against the backdrop of the worlds of fashion and pop, from Swinging London to the Paris of the evenements, from New York to Kathmandu, Piece of My Heart is a vivid, compelling and beautifully written roman a clef about the dreams and excesses of the 60s, and of a love lost and a life found, written by one of the most fascinating figures of the era.’ – Mick Brown, The Daily Telegraph’Not only is Penelope one of the most impressive beauties of the late 20th century, but her words are completely immersive, transporting you instantly to the magical moment.’ – Manolo Blahnik’Penelope Tree’s assured debut novel artfully interweaves elements of an extraordinary life with a cast of sharply observed fictional characters. I devoured it in a sitting and felt as though I’d been swept off on a magic carpet. Truth, as we learn from one of the most celebrated models of all time, is always stranger than fact.’- Miranda Seymour, author of I Used To Live Here Once

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