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Ruthless Women
18 Feb 2021 * HARDBACK * £12.99 * 9781800243026

Ambition can be deadly... A glamorous thriller following three passionate women determined to revive the ratings of a TV soap.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 464 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG US
Ruthless Women: The Sunday Times top ten bestsellerMelanie Blake

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE HOTTEST BOOK OF 2021

'The new Queen of the bonkbuster' THE TIMES

'Glitz, glamour and ambition... perfect' WOMAN & HOME

'Does for TV what The Devil Wears Prada did for fashion' OK!

'Shocking, sexy and utterly unputdownable' DAILY EXPRESS

'This is the book of 2021' DAILY MIRROR

AMBITION CAN BE DEADLY

On a beautiful private island off the coast of the UK, the cast and crew of glamorous TV show Falcon Bay are at breaking point.

Ratings are falling, and their new boss is inventing ever more dramatic – and impossible – storylines to get Falcon Bay back into the number 1 slot.

Director Farrah, lead actress Catherine and producer Amanda are the passionate, ambitious women holding the show together. With so much at stake, they will stop at nothing to stay in the jobs they love and on the island they call home.

Can these women team up to bring down their rivals? Or will scandal, betrayal and ambition tear them apart?
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT RUTHLESS WOMEN

'A page-turning bonkbuster so gloriously sexy, funny and gripping, its sending the showbiz elite WILD!' NEW

'Revenge, betrayal, murder and some of the hottest scenes you'll ever read ... Each character is perfectly crafted ... Plus there's a twist ending that will leave your jaw on the floor' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Buckle up, you're in for a raunchy ride ... So addictive we couldn't put it down – it's a real roller coaster of a ride' SUNDAY MIRROR

'A twist so shocking you'll be talking about it for years ... This is the book of 2021' DAILY MIRROR

'Does for TV what The Devil Wears Prada did for fashion; shows the rotten truth hidden behind the golden facade ... The must-read novel of the year' OK!

'The bonkbuster is back with a bang! Ruthless Women is the read of 2021' WOMAN'S OWN

'Everything Fifty Shades should have been' HEAT

'It's the sauciest, most riveting read of the year – a bonkbuster so gloriously sexy, funny and page turning, we devoured it in just two days' DAILY RECORD

'With women who are beautiful, shrewd, and determined and a story of revenge, treachery, and lust ... a shockingly good read' THE SUN
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WHAT THE STARS OF BRITISH TV ARE SAYING ABOUT RUTHLESS WOMEN

'Only a true Insider could have written this book ... I'm still recovering from the ending!' STEPHANIE BEACHAM, STAR OF DYNASTY

'Nothing could prepare me for Ruthless Women ... Buckle up – you're in for one fabulously filthy ride, it makes Bridgerton look tame!' CLAIRE KING, STAR OF EMMERDALE

'It was like someone had shadowed my life on set, but I couldn't put it down. You won't want it to end' BEVERLEY CALLARD, STAR OF CORONATION STREET

'She knows where all the bodies are buried, and this book is like a map to find them' GILLIAN TAYLFORTH, STAR OF EASTENDERS

'An extraordinary look behind the scenes of the world of show business. Ruthless Women tells it as it is; heart breaking and hysterical. This book is unforgettable' SHERRIE HEWSON, STAR OF CORONATION STREET

'People think that TV drama is only for the screen. When you read this book, you'll realise the truth. Blake's novel is insightful, vicious and so much fun' EMMA SAMMS, STAR OF DYNASTY

'I'm obsessed with this book ... Makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like Snow White ... Ruthless Women blew my mind' COLEEN NOLAN

Bestselling author Melanie Blake's own real life Rags to Riches story reads like the plot of an outrageous drama... At fifteen years old Melanie Blake was told by her high school career advisors that her decision to do work experience at a local record shop was an 'embarrassment to the school and a clear example that she wouldn't go far in life or her career'. They were wrong. By twenty-one she was working at the BBC's iconic Top of the Pops show and by twenty-seven she had built a reputation as one of the UK's leading music and entertainment managers, with her own agency and roster of award-winning artists who had sold more than 100 million records. During this time she also built up an acting agency from scratch which quickly became the most successful independent boutique agency in the UK where she manages clients from some of the biggest internationally syndicated shows in the world. Her roster have won Baftas, Emmys and pretty much every best actress award going and Melanie is one of the most successful female agents in the world. In the UK alone, over 25 million people a week currently tune in to watch the very stars Melanie represents in their globally syndicated shows. In 2018 after two decades at the top of her game, Melanie decided to manage a smaller client list and concentrate on her other passion, writing – first as a columnist for a national newspaper, then as a playwright and now as a best-selling novelist. Her first book The Thunder Girls became a Number 1 Best Seller in the summer of 2019 and the play she adapted from the novel broke box office records for a new work at the prestigious Lowry Theatre. She still represents a high profile stable of some of the best known faces on British television but is also now enjoying success in her own right as a producer, author and playwright. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MelanieBlakeUK

Melanie Blake's first book, The Thunder Girls, was a Sunday Times top-ten bestseller in paperback.

The author has spent 20 years as a TV talent agent: Ruthless Women will do for TV what The Devil Wears Prada did for fashion.

Addictive, glamorous, and fast-paced: this is the thriller you will not be able to put down.

MARKET: Lauren Weisberger's The Wives, Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies.


'All rise for the new Queen of the bonkbuster ... Glamorous women, hunky men, mendacious producers, insecure actors and people stabbing each other in the front, back and side' The Times

'Glitz, glamour and ambition – it's all there! A truly addictive page-turner. Melanie Blake's Ruthless Women is the binge read we all need right now' Woman & Home

'A page-turning bonkbuster so gloriously sexy, funny and gripping, it's sending the showbiz elite WILD!' New Magazine

'Buckle up you're in for a raunchy ride! So addictive we couldn't put it down – it's a real roller coaster of a ride' Sunday Mirror

'So addictive we couldn't put it down! Revenge, betrayal, murder and some of the hottest scenes you'll ever read ... Ruthless Women has got it all' Sunday Express

'A twist so shocking, you'll be talking about it for years ... This is the book of 2021' Daily Mirror

'Does for TV what The Devil Wears Prada did for fashion; shows the rotten truth hidden behind the golden facade. The must-read novel of the year; unmissable' OK!

'The bonkbuster is back with a bang! Ruthless Women is the read of 2021' Woman's Own

'Everything Fifty Shades should have been' Heat

'Think Sex and the City 20 years on, injected with a career-hungry cast. Suspense soaked in glamour. Beautifully written, a nod to the old genre of career women having it all, revved up for 2021 with romps, rivals and ruthless ambition to die for' My Weekly

'It's the sauciest, most riveting read of the year – a bonkbuster so gloriously sexy, funny and page-turning, we devoured it in just two days' Daily Record

'More shocking than Jackie Collins, sexier than 50 Shades, and with more laughs than Jilly Cooper, Ruthless Women sees bestselling author Melanie Blake return to her unstoppable best' That's Life

'An addictive page-turner you will shamelessly devour in one sitting, Ruthless Women reworks the classic 1980s formular of sex, sleaze, trash, glamour, and high society for the 2020s ... Jackie Collins would be bursting with pride at the effect she has had on this woman. In this best possible way. The Bitch is back and it's brilliant!' Writer's News

'With women who are beautiful, shrewd and determined and a story of revenge, treachery and lust – Ruthless Women is a shockingly good read' The Sun

'Shocking and utterly unputdownable' Daily Express

'A brilliantly plotted story with characters that jump off the page, Ruthless Women will have you gripped to the last page, while also making you laugh' Bella

'Ruthless Women is this year's must-read' Notebook Magazine

'This thrilling novel is written by soap queen Melanie Blake, who is one of the most successful soap star agents of all time, and the woman behind some of soap's biggest comebacks. Now, for the first time ever, she's writing about her experience behind the camera' Inside Soap

'If there's one book you're going to read in 2021, make it Ruthless Women. Utterly addictive from its opening chapters, the technically fictional novel (which draws on author Melanie Blake's real-life experience as an agent to the stars) is unpredictable, unputdownable and unique to anything I have ever read. I've read a lot of books in my 28 years! It's clearer to me than ever when an author has put their heart and soul into a project. This is exactly what Blake has achieved and for that reason alone, this book deserves all the success in the world' Female First

'It had us rooting for its irrepressible, beautiful, ambitious cast of women – each completely unstoppable in their fight against injustice' Yours

'More glamour, divas and bitch-fights than an episode of Ru Paul's Drag Race – what's not to love!' Absolute Radio

'Melanie Blake is to the UK TV industry what Jackie Collins was to Hollywood. Both using insider industry knowledge to write authentic stories, and both challenging the double standards faced by women in the entertainment industry' TV Choice

'The best book of the year so far, Ruthless Women is the perfect antidote to lockdown, a high-octane escapist binge-read that will have you up all night!' Take A Break

'Melanie Blake has spent over two decades working behind the scenes in showbiz and has based her new novel Ruthless Women on what really goes on behind the scenes on the set of a UK TV drama when the cameras stop rolling' Magic FM

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