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"She is the Queen Bee incarnate!" THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"Draped in deep pink and sipping saki in her fashionable London warehouse, the impossibly glamorous O’Connell!" ELLE MAGAZINE
"A latter day Elinor Glyn (the original It Girl)" THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, Casandra Jardine
“Bridget Jones on speed. She’s funnier, sharper, and there’s no way she’s going to end up with anyone called Darcy” THE GUARDIAN
‘A spirited page-turner that is high on humor’ – COMPANY Magazine UK
‘Crucial Reading’ – COSMOPOLITAN UK
“Wickedly Funny” PUBLISHING NEWS
“Lightening Fast Comic twists” ELLE UK
"You could certainly start a stimulating debate on modern relationships based on Tyne O'Connell" THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT, IRELAND
Tyne O’Connell is a bestselling British author. Her 13 novels have been published to great acclaim by Headline UK, Bloomsbury USA & other international publishing houses.
Her extraordinary life has been featured in TV documentaries & feature-spreads in Vogue UK, Elle and most UK broadsheets. Cassandra Jardine in The Daily Telegraph UK, hailed Tyne as "A modern day Elinor Glyn - the original It Girl” “The Impossibly glamorous Tyne O’Connell’s real life is every bit as extraordinary as her fiction” ELLE UK.
Critics have described O’Connell as, “Enid Blyton of our time” comparing her bestselling boarding-school series, Pulling Princes to “an up to date Mallory Towers”. The first four books in the series are set in a fictional exclusive all-girls boarding school St Augustines & a fictionalised Eton College & Windsor Castle. The series are based on her three children’s experiences at boarding school & Oxford as well as her own extraordinary life in Mayfair.
Narrated by a middle-class American, Calypso Kelly as she navigates the aristocrat world of Terrible Toffs & Horrible Hon.s’ with valets & body guards O’Connell “opens the lid on the antics of aristos at play, giving readers an insiders peak inside the exclusive world of posh people & royals.
Born into an Irish Catholic family, daughter of a retired spy, her favourite chore as a child was collecting eggs from the hens for sixpence. She began telling teachers & family she would be an author from age eight. Her first bestselling book was Sex, Lies & Litigation, pub1996 Headline to rave reviews.
She’s spent most of her life in Mayfair where she brought up two husbands & three children. The area is at the heart of many of her books. She writes about all things Mayfair for www.mayfaireccentrics.com, & elsewhere.
Visit Tyne at www.tyneoconnell.com & follow her on Twitter @tyneoconnell
O'Connell was educated by elderly Flemish Sacre-Coeur nuns (born in the 1870-80's) with the expectation that she would marry a diplomat. It was an unusual Victorian style upbringing & by 17, she was accomplished in Le Cordon Blue, Croquet, Semaphore, Literature, Latin, Needlepoint, Flower Arrangement, Diamond Valuation, Deportment, Millinery & Embassy Dinner Seating. After school she returned to London in a smart tweed suit perfectly prepared for a world that hadn't existed for decades.
on Feb. 28, 2014 :
Sassy, Entertaining & Well-Written
I have to say that Tyne O'Connell continues to capture my attention with the Calypso Chronicles, as the once fish-out-of-water American schoolgirl, Calypso Kelly, catches her stride at the British boarding school St. Augustine's. "Duelling Princes" is a sassy and snappy novel that manages to make you giggle like a schoolgirl and grin like an idiot as you witness Calypso juggling the trials of school, popularity and dating an English prince in style. The novel is refreshingly lighthearted, sucking the reader into the fun and lively adventure of boarding school life, via the life of Calypso.
Calypso continues to be a character that draws you into her orbit with an authentic personality and an ineffable quality to her that you just can't help but love. Calypso is the kind of character that is completely relatable, yet makes you want to be her and live her fabulous life as well.
The novel is fast-paced and vibrantly written, bringing the story to life in a wonderful way. It's smooth, vivid with imagery and uses a strong narrative tone to really set the story apart from the rest of the young adult book genre. This is a well-written novel with an entertaining tone that blends a little bit of Bridget Jones' Diary with Gossip Girl and a posh girls vibe for a little bit of modern flavoring.
Overall, I had such a great time reading this and once again diving headfirst into the fun life of Calypso Kelly and her adventures at St. Augustine's boarding school. Ms. O'Connell did an excellent job of entertaining me from beginning to end and has me eager to read the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)