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British author of 13 Internationally bestselling books, Tyne was part of the 1990’s vanguard of London Chick Lit Authors when her first book, Sex, Lies & Litigation was published in 1996 by Headline as part of a 5 book deal.
Set in London’s Inns of Court, an area steeped in the arcane traditions of 14th Century London, the story follows the exploits of a fledgling barrister as she blazes a trail of chaos through the stuffy world of latin quoting be-wigged barristers in her Jimmy Choos & Vivienne Westwood wiggle skirts. Tyne blew her advance on a pair of bespoke shoes crafted by Jimmy Choo himself.
O’Connell’s next two books were published by Red Dress Ink USA. The Sex Was Great But…and Sex With The Ex were re-released in Nov 2013 and April 2014.
All seven contemporary women’s title are available as e-books.
Having spent most of her life in London’s Mayfair & St James’s where she has brought up two husbands and three children, the area features heavily in her writings and acts as a backdrop to many of her books.
As well as her career as an author, Tyne runs Mayfair Eccentrics, an online insiders guide to the area’s past and present for residents, businesses and visitors.
After Tyne wrote a feature in British Vogue in 96 about her unusual family (republished in Gloria Steinem’s Ms Magazine USA), The British Press focused on Tyne’s Mayfair lifestyle living with two husbands and sending her three children to exclusive English boarding schools.
THE TELEGRAPH UK described Tyne as, “A latter day Elinor Glyn.”
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT IRELAND, declared Tyne’s lifestyle raising her three children with two husbands as; “an art installation”.
Tyne has also written a bestselling British Boarding School series, The Calypso Chronicles / Pulling Princes, based on her three children’s experiences at boarding school and published by Bloomsbury from 2004 – present. The books have been described as modern classics with reviewers drawing comparisons to an up to date version of Angela Brazil’s boarding school books of the early 1900’s.
Set in a fictional Eton College where Princes William and Harry attended & the nearby St Mary’s Ascot school attended by Princess Caroline of Monaco and which Tyne’s daughter Cordelia was boarding at the time the books were written, The Pulling Princes series provides a, “deliciously naughty insider’s guide to the midnight feasts, incredibly close friendships & romances of entitled toffs, British aristocratic & royal teenagers.”
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)