Jackie Collins – Queen of Hollywood Glamour

I was very sad to hear of the death of Jackie Collins yesterday. As a teenager of the eighties Jackie’s books were a revelation to me. They took me, a totally un-glamorous girl growing up in Nottingham just that bit closer to the bright lights of Hollywood. In her novels there were strong ladies that got what they wanted, both in business and in bed. I may not have been in the same league as Lucky Santangelo but I could learn a few things from her!

Here are a selection of her fabulous novels that are available to read from Leeds Libraries, including her latest book, the Santangelos. We also have a number of her novels available to read as ebooks.

The StudThe Stud

At a club like Hobo, there’s no such thing as an impossible fantasy. It’s the nightspot where the beautiful people hang out: people like Tony Blake, our host and guide, people like Fontaine Khaled, jet-setting beauty with a weakness for men, and people like Alexandra, Fontaine’s nubile stepdaughter.

The BitchThe Bitch

She’s a woman who’s never short of a man. They call her the bitch. Fontaine Khaled has an Arab millionaire among her yesterdays and hard-gambling Nico for all her tomorrows. Which only leaves the problem of choosing a man for today. From London to Las Vegas, Hollywood to Athens, Fontaine is the one who calls the shots.

The SantangelosThe Santangelos

A vicious hit, a vengeful enemy, a drug addled Colombian club owner and a sex crazed Italian family – the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all. Meanwhile Max – her teenage daughter – is becoming the ‘It’ girl in Europe’s modelling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, is being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable, with her husband Lennie by her side, she lives up to the family motto – never mess with a Santangelo. Lucky rules – the Santangelos always come out on top.


Moving in the fast lane from Las Vegas to New York, Beverly Hills to a Greek island paradise, ‘Lucky’ takes up where ‘Chances’ left off. Winning is all that matters – and luck has nothing to do with it.

The Love KillersThe Love Killers

Beth, Lara and Rio, three women with a common cause and vengeance in their hearts. They’re out to avenge a murder and they’ll got to any lengths. Their targets are the heirs of the Bassalino crime family.

Hollywood WivesHollywood Wives

They lunch at Ma Maison and the Bistro on salads and hot gossip. Dressed by St. Laurent and Galanos, they dine at the latest restaurants on the rise and fall of one another’s fortunes. They are the Hollywood wives, a privileged breed of women whose ticket to ride is a famous husband

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

The third wifeHave you tried Lisa JewellShe’s a Sunday Times bestselling novelist whose first book sold the most copies as a debut novel in 1999 (Ralph’s Party), and her other titles include One-Hit Wonder, and three which have stacks of 5 star ratings from Leeds readers- After the party,  31 Dream Street and The Truth About Melody Browne 

The Third Wife is an ideal summer read and if you like it, there’s lots more titles to go at.

Maya is the third wife of a serial husband who in the early hours of an April morning, stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out. Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love. She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family. But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life. Because everyone has secrets. And secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating.

The plot unfolds to reveal a complicated family situation: the baggage of two previous marriages, children and the emotional carnage left by a man who keeps walking away from the family unit. In keeping with her other novels, slowly but surely the layers start unravelling, as all sorts of dark things happen behind closed doors.



















Summer Holiday reads to savour #LeedsReadsRecommends

Little merciesA brilliant selection of summer holiday reads Click on the link to see the complete list – they have just arrived in a library near you.  We’ve bought some back catalogue titles and new ones so that you can go on holiday with an ideal companion!  

For tasters (lots more on the full list) try Heather Gudenkauf  – a New York  Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden . The little Beach Street bakeryLittle Mercies is totally gripping

Sit back and enjoy Jenny Colgan’s The Little Beach Street Bakery. Lose yourself in this lovely story of baking bread and romance set in Cornwall,

Or have you read Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks’ Love Lies about our heroine Fern glaring 30 in the face and feeling fed-up.

Love liesA chance meeting with Scottie Taylor, the UK’s sexiest pop star, and it’s love at first sight. When he proposes in front of a sell-out crowd at Wembley Stadium, there’s only one answer! Fern is living the celebrity dream in LA but is it all happening too fast?

 Most of these authors have written more titles if you get hooked. Don’t forget the full list is summer holiday reads. Enjoy!