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    • ISBN:9781848945807
    • Publication date:30 Oct 2008

Spa Wars

By Chrissie Manby

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Bestselling chick lit writer Chris Manby's romantic comedy takes a look at the bitch-slapping world of the D-list celebrity.

When Emily Brown's life and business is turned around by a surprise visit from Carina Lees, immaculately-groomed reality TV star, she can't believe her luck.With just one other member of staff to help her out at her Essex salon The Beauty Spot, Emily is pushed for time as well as money, and so Carina's patronage and the subsequent financial success of the salon is more welcome than a sunbed session in December.
But even with the assistance of skilled-yet-shabby new girl Natalie, things start to go mysteriously wrong, and it soon becomes clear that someone's got it in for the salon. And with tactics dirtier than a gardener's fingernails, the battle of the beauticians commences. For under all the make-up and manicures, Carina is not who she seems, and although confronting the past can be more painful than a bikini wax, Emily eventually has to stare the truth in the face and realise it's what's inside that really counts . . .

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  • ISBN: 9780340937013
  • Publication date: 30 Oct 2008
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Delicious read — Daily Mail
'When Emilys life and beauty business is turned around by a surprise visit from wannabe celeb Carina Lees, she cant believe her luck. But things soon start to go mysteriously wrong and it becomes clear someone has it in for her. Let the battle of the beauticians commence!' — Look
Praise for Chris Manby:
"Dry wit that sits just beneath the surface... a delicious read" — Daily Mail
'Smartly written, extremely readable, and gives us a fascinating and funny glimpse into the dark side of love' — Heat
Nothing short of brilliant — Marie Claire
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