"I used to read Catherine Cookson all the time, and I loved all that romance, but then I was on a train journey to France and I stopped at a bookshop and picked up this Harold Robbins book.
She has found one book that's almost reached Harold Robbins level of naughtiness, though.
When I was growing up, Harold Robbins
, author of steamy million-sellers such as The Carpetbaggers, was as big as J K Rowling or John Grisham is today.
ANOTHER reissued series with beach bag readers in mind is this Harold Robbins trio (The Pirate and The Betsy are also out again, under the same imprint).
No-one is pretending that Harold Robbins has the same literary allure as Defoe, Dickens or Emily Bronte.
1 Sort your Jane Austens from your Harold Robbins
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Bob Dylan a few years ago reportedly stormed out because the hotel wouldn't kick Michael Barrymore out of the pounds 525-a-night Presidential Suite, Harold Robbins
held a bubbly reception there for Where Love has Gone.
Birthdays: England hockey player Paul Barber, 44; newspaper editor Andrew Neil, 50; soprano Rosalind Plowright, 50; American novelist Harold Robbins
, 83; pop singer and songwriter Leo Layer, 51; Shakespearian scholar Prof Stanley Wells, 69; radio and television presenter Desmond Wilcox, 68.
If you want this type of sensationalism then go for a straightforward Harold Robbins
for 20 pence in a book fair.
Birthdays: England hockey player Paul Barber, 43; formerSunday Times editor Andrew Neil, 49; soprano Rosalind Plowright, 49; American novelist Harold Robbins
, 82; pop singer and songwriter Leo Sayer, 50; Shakespearian scholar Prof Stanley Wells, 68;radi o and television presenter Desmond Wilcox, 67.
One second he was lying on the sand with the new Harold Robbins
, the next he was flattened by a thing the size of a large cannon-ball.
Famed sex writer Harold Robbins
died of heart failure yesterday.