Old and Ugly
In the 1973, teenagers Ange and Elizabeth are persuaded to enter the Miss Sladport-on-Sea Beauty Pageant by local entrepreneur, Spencer. When Ange is crowned the most beautiful woman in Sladport, Spencer promises her a life of fame and fortune – which he delivers. Within months, Ange is crowned The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.
Forty years later, Ange is unexpectedly invited to a reunion of old friends: Elizabeth - now married to Spencer - and the three school friends who stormed the pageant, throwing flour bombs and insults in protest at its objectification of women.
Old and Ugly is the story of that re-union - and the story of Ange’s life.
Hilarious and laughable, conceited and fearful, feisty and (some might say) a fool for the admiration of men, Ange must finally confront the truth about her fantastical life of glamour and good fortune to be freed from its secrets – and freed from the man who made her, then broke her.
Irreverent and moving, disturbing and joyful, you've probably never read anything quite like it...
Funny, vicious, witty, tragic... It has an air of menace and hilarity delivered in equal measure. I loved it.
Deb L Bunker
I've never read anything like this before, Made me laugh and loud. I totally loved it.
I have devoured this in one sitting.... The depth of the character's dynamic is breathtaking.
After a few pages, I was hooked.
Elif the Reader
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