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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. 26, 2014 :
A Charming Gossip Girl-esque Novel Set Amid British Boarding Schools
Dumping Princes is the kind of charming Gossip Girl-esque novel that sucks you into a world of posh girls, posh boys and the wonderfully "royals" atmosphere of elite British boarding schools. Tyne O'Connell does a fantastic job of setting the stage for a sassy, funny, endearing and all too drama-rich teen romance that is just as entertaining as it is well-written.
Calypso is a character that continues to make you grin and laugh as she finds herself dumped by Prince Freddie... only to try and win him back to repay the heartbreak delivered to her in kind. Building off of teen romance and the upper society atmosphere of British boarding schools like Eton and St Mary’s Ascot, the novel has a smart, snappy and modern feel to it. This is a fun and endearingly engaging story that never ceases to keep you eagerly flipping to the next page as Calypso does her best effort to be among those with the honor of dumping princes on their resume. The whole plot has a drama-rich vibe that is scandalously fabulous.
The novel is well-written with an eye for detail, a fantastic narrative tone, strong dialogue and authentic characters that feel as posh and stunningly gifted as they are wonderfully flawed. O'Connell has a talent for writing that never wavers in weaving a story that is as well crafted as it is superbly sassy. The author uses vivid imagery to set the stage and paint each scene with a fine tipped brush, making the story all the more enjoyable for it.
Overall, this is another fun and enjoyable addition to the Calypso Chronicles and a great addition to Tyne O'Connell's resume as an author. The novel keeps you entertained and makes you eager to see just how Calypso will deal with the infamous dumping princes plot that has been cooked up. I would certainly recommend this novel and the rest of the series to readers looking for an entertaining story to sink their teeth into.
(reviewed the day of purchase)