IF LESLEY Lokko was in the habit of judging books by their covers, she admits she’d be giving all six of her bestsellers a wide berth. Five of them have twee images depicting idyllic seaside scenes, complete with pink beach umbrellas, swaying palm trees and rambling holiday homes.
“I absolutely loathe them — the last cover had a beach and there isn’t a beach reference in the book!” she says, exasperated.
But beach scenes sell, according to the UK’s supermarket giants, who are the biggest buyers of the books — and it’s a brave publisher to change a winning formula.
Another tropical scene does little justice to her latest work, A Private Affair (Orion) , which has as its backdrop army life in the UK and Europe and follows the lives of four women who all have one thing in common — a strapping, though rather sinister, army major whose dark side has repercussions for each of them.
There’s Sam, a gorgeous and successful entertainment lawyer who, having lived in the shadow of her more fashionable twin, has finally made her mark in the corporate world. But she yearns for Mr Right — and seems to have found him on a holiday in Morocco. Abby comes from a long line of army wives and has been groomed to put her husband’s career ahead of herself, playing the role of model wife and mother with aplomb. But she proves that looks can be deceiving.
Strange Random Book Quote:
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
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