Author Wendy Holden

STOP PRESS Here I am at the 2013 Costa Book Awards giving Hilary Mantel her prize!

I was a judge in the Novel category and also for the Book of the Year (which Hilary won). The party was a hoot and the judging session much less onerous than I had imagined.

Chaired by the wonderful Dame Jenni Murray (who was gamely struggling on despite a bad back) the panel numbered such luminaries of stage and screen as Jenny Agutter, Mark Watson and Sophie Ward, as well as literary stars like D J Taylor, Daljit Nagra and Marcus Sedgwick. We had a great time!

Let it snow!

Hello! Thank you very much for visiting my website! It's lovely to have you here and I hope you enjoy looking round.

The blanket of white covering the Derbyshire Dales this week made a great backdrop to a photoshoot I did with The Independent. The lovely Fabio di Paola came and took some lovely shots (see top pic) in my winter wonderland of a garden. The media blitz continued with my appearance on ITV’s Lorraine show as the programme launched a writing competition. And January’s excitements are far from over; on the 29th(weather permitting) in my capacity as Novel Judge, I am going to be presenting a prize to the great Hilary Mantel at the Costa Book Awards. I will never wash my hands again! Finally, and most excitingly of all, I have just sent Gifted and Talented, my university-set romcom, to my editor, ready for publication in the summer. Now to think about the next book!

Wendy's first name in a decorative

P.S. My family all recently sat for portraits, see results here in I Love.

My Amazing Winter Garden

Recent shots from the manicured (well, weeded at least) authorial acres!

My new novel, Gifted and Talented is having the finishing touches applied! So exciting! You can order any of my top ten bestselling here on the website. Simply click on the covers below!

Marrying Up cover Gallery Girl cover Beautiful People cover Filthy Rich cover School for Husbands cover
Wives of Bath cover Azur Like It cover Fame Fatale cover Pastures Nouveaux cover Bad Heir Day cover Simply Divine cover

"One of the country's greatest comic authors" DAILY MIRROR

"Up there with the best of Jilly Cooper" THE TIMES

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My Back Pages

Take a look at my reviews, travel articles and much more on my other site My Back Pages.

My perfect weekend has changed several times over the years. Read how in My perfect weekend online in The Telegraph.

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Social Climbing

Read all about my hilarious career as a social climber, recently published in The Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine.


I was thrilled to be asked to join the panel for this prestigious literary award. The results were headline-grabbing! Read all about it in the Guardian here and here and the Daily Mail.

Zeb Spaw Exhibition

To launch Gallery Girl, a comedy set amid the loot, lust and lunacy of the art world, my husband Jon and I made an entire exhibition of spoof contemporary art. Click on the link for an exclusive look at Zeb Spaw's exhibition catalogue. Enjoy – and be angry!

Once upon a life

Heading to France as a 17-year-old au pair was supposed to unlock a glamorous new world for the author Wendy Holden. But life on the Riviera

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