Laura Lake is back!

  

Laura Lake is back!

Wendy Holden is the number-one bestselling author behind the Laura Lake series. The latest instalment, Last of the Summer Moët, is out now in hardback.
 
I’m incredibly excited about my new book, Last of the Summer Moët. As ever, my amazing publishers Head of Zeus have done a fantastic job, and the cover is gorgeous.
 
Last of the Summer Moët is the second in my series of comic novels starring intrepid glossy-mag-editor Laura Lake. Her first adventures came out last year, in Three Weddings And A Scandal. This latest story takes place mostly in the fictional Great Hording, aka Britain’s Poshest Village. It’s a place with so many celebrity residents that downstairs loos without an Oscar or Grammy are rarer than ones with them. The local gastropub, gathering the ultra-competitive A-list locals together, holds the world’s most upmarket pub quiz (although disaster strikes when the local cabinet minister cheats and a Profumo-style scandal ensues).
 
Normally, the world wouldn’t know about this place at all. Thanks to the friendly local head of MI5, there’s nothing on the internet about it. But Laura Lake has got wind of the secret bolthole of the rich and famous. Her efforts to infiltrate it and write a world exclusive are both hampered and helped by her two best friends. Lulu is a staggeringly wealthy socialite with a heart of gold, and flaky film-star Caspar, currently the reigning James Bond, is Laura’s ex-lover.
 
I’m often asked where the ideas for my novels come from, and sometimes it’s hard to say. But the inspiration for this one I can pinpoint exactly. Not long ago, en route to a holiday in Cornwall, we stayed in the village where my husband had grown up in the Seventies. He could not believe what had happened to it.
 
The once-rough pub, where the local Joe Grundy had sold sacks of cow liver for dog food, was now a sage-and-beige gastro-palace run by a senior sexpot in Sweaty Betty. The once-ordinary houses were security-camera-studded des reses. The leafy lanes were empty apart from the Ocado van in search of the oligarch’s new-build mansion.
 
I have to say that I spotted an opportunity. The idea of the modern posh village, what it looked like and who lived there, started to grow in my mind. Researching, I turned up exclusive settlements, places where every other person was a film director, a famous writer, the chef of the moment, a billionaire artist. It could not have been more perfect for me, a writer of glossy comedies about the rich and famous.
 
I hope you enjoy reading Last of the Summer Moët as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. I hope you’ll find it delicious, glamorous, life-enhancing and full of sparkle. As the name suggests, it’s a bottle of champagne in book form!

Last of the Summer Moët is out now in hardback and ebook.