Duelling Princes

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Funny, fast-paced third book chronicling the life and times of Calypso Kelly's 'dramaramas' in a posh English boarding school. More

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About Tyne O'Connell

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.”

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R. Coker reviewed 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 3 days after purchase)
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