English Summary/英文概要： Every dress has a history, so does Phoebe…
Phoebe always dreamt of opening her own vintage dress shop. She imagined every detail, from the Vivienne Westwood bustiers hanging next to satin gowns, to sequinned cupcake dresses adorning the walls. At the launch of Village Vintage, Phoebe feels the tingle of excitement as customers snap up the fairytale dresses. Her dream has come true, but a secret from her past is casting a shadow over her new venture. Then one day she meets Therese, an elderly Frenchwoman with a collection to sell, apart from one piece that she won’t part with… As Therese tells the story of the little blue coat, Phoebe feels a profound connection with her own life, one that will help her heal the pain of her past and allow her to love again.
Intelligent, warm and witty, this is Isabel at her most insightful and inspired. A VINTAGE AFFAIR deals with strong and timeless themes, but also remains romantic and accessible. This combination of sparkle and substance in the book is reminiscent of other strong female voices such as Cecilia Ahern and Marian Keyes.
Chinese Summary/中文概要： 每件衣服背後都有屬於它的故事…
一直以來Phoebe夢想擁有一間自己的古董衣店，她甚至已經想好所有店內的細節，從Vivienne Westwood風格的緊身衣到佈滿濃厚古樸的牆面裝飾，當這天到來時，果然她精準的眼光讓女士們瘋狂的搶購，但其實在她新事業起步的當下，一個關於她過去的秘密，也正慢慢破繭而出。某天當她遇見一位拎著一堆衣服來販售的法國老太太 Therese起，並跟她說一個關於藍色小外套的故事，她深深覺得這故事與她有密切的關係，甚至讓她因此治癒過去的傷痛及給她愛人的勇氣… (Vincent)
*Netherlands: auction concluded today, three bidders with De Kern winning the rights
*Sweden: under offer
*Turkey: accepted four-book offer from Artemis
*Norway: deal concluded with Gyldendal
*US: Random House pre-empt
*Germany: Rowohlt pre-empt
*France: JC Lattes
“I can see why there is so much interest in this title. It’s by far the strongest women’s fiction I’ve read in a long time. I was completely smitten with the story (and the dresses!), and very, very moved. It’s a lovely combination of humour and emotion, which is also something that many readers here love in a book.”
“Thanks, Clare--I’m delighted to make your morning: I love this novel and can’t stop talking about it! Please tell Isabel that I’m obsessed with it: I worked at Vogue for several years many years ago, which is one of the reasons why I’ve fallen under Isabel’s spell, for she makes clothes meaningful in a way that magazine often failed to do...”
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‘Far more depth and sensitivity than you might antici -pate . . . an absolute delight. Warm and wittily perceptive about human foibles.’---Kirkus UK Reviews
‘An engaging read and an intriguing page-turner.’---Sainsbury’s Magazine
‘It’s effervescent and heart warming and somehow the pages just turn themselves.’---Big Issue