Friends and Rivals. Cat fears she is past her prime. Her philandering husband, Ivan, who she still loves passionately after twenty years of marriage, leaves her. by Lucy Moore | 19 June Friends and Rivals. Friends and Rivals is about two old friends who become rivals in the music business as well as romantically. Book Review: Friends and Rivals by Tilly Bagshawe. “Kat fears she is past her prime. Her philandering husband, Ivan, who she still loves.

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Your book is said to be suitable for fans of Penny Vincenzi and Jilly Cooper, so how does it feel to have this comparison? I adore both of those writers, although Jilly Cooper will always have a special place in my heart as I grew up with her characters and stories.

I try to create a world that my readers can really get lost in, the way that I got lost in the world of Riders and Rivals.

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Where did your inspiration come from for the novel? It came from a lot of different places. The book is partly set in and around Burford in the Cotswolds, where I spent idyllic summers and Christmases as a child.

Other parts are rivvals in LA and London, the two cities where I have spent most of ffriends adult life. You were originally a journalist, so how did this compare to novel writing for you? I really enjoy journalism, and the variety of doing different kinds of writing, factual pieces as well as fiction. A novel is obviously more involved and there are fewer limitations.


You pretty much have a free reign to come up with whatever story or characters or genre interests you. Novels have a tendency to take over your life, waking and sleeping, which is both good and bad. What was it about jounalism that made you want to break away and try novels?

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I love the process of actually writing articles. It is the business side, the constant pitching and selling, that I began to find draining. As a novelist you still have deadlines, but nobody bothers you about what you are writing for an entire year. Having left a high-stress career in the City, I hugely enjoy the peace of writing novels.

How much of an influence did your sister have in your change in career, given that she was also a novelist? My sister has been a huge influence. She is such a go-getting, can-do person, and she gave me immense support and encouragement from the start.

I would certainly not be a novelist today had it not been for Louise. Who are your favourite reads and tivals Jilly Cooper, because I want to live in her world and her characters are completely real to me.

I also enjoy the humour in her books. I love the Friens writer David Sedaris, who is hilarious and bitchy and rarely fails to make me laugh out loud.


Well, frkends was tiring. But I was young, and enjoyed both being a mother and the excitement of Cambridge life. I remember it as a very happy time.

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So although there were challenges, I always feel a bit of a fraud when people ask me this question. Most young working mothers have a harder time of it than I did. Who has influenced you most in your writing?

My mother, who taught me how to write stories as a child and read to us constantly. Louise, who is so naturally gifted it is sick-making.

My friend Fred Metcalf, a comedy writer, who pretty much taught me how to write journalism. And Dickens, who I read voraciously as a kid and who is still the master of big, sweeping canvases and totally engrossing, page-turning plots. I love love love Victorian novels. What is next in store for your fans?

Expect lots of sex, glamour and intrigue amidst the Agas and rolling hills! Swell Valley here we come.

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