Having purchased several of Miss Price's earlier works for sums approaching 3 quid (including free first class delivery) this book, standing proud amongst the "gliterati literati" was an absolute must-have.
I must confess to a somewhat guilty pleasure when reading Katie's books. A sense of fretful apprehension however, completely overcame me as the due delivery date approached.
Would this book be what it needed to be ?
It represents a paradigm of media obsession that has transformed British society, and therefore would need to be superlative in its commentary on that most modern of icons, the powerful independent woman.
It would therefore need to be intimate, showing us a side to Katie that the press so often ignores or worse, glosses over. It would need to be insightful, showing us her motives and innermost thought processes.
Would it succeed as a social commentary upon modern society ?
Or a titillating Byronesque romp through the life of a modern day heroine ?
The delivery date arrived and my expectation was at fever pitch.
I devoured the book in one sitting, anxious to discover its insights and pearls of wisdom. I will not spoil this webpage with my conclusions and will leave you, dear reader, to explore and delight in this work for yourselves.
What I can say, that was money extremely well spent.