#BeMoreJackie by SJV
On 21st March 2019 we published the first four of our new-look editions of bestselling Jackie Collins novels featuring introductions from high-profile author fans.
Lucky, Thrill!, and Hollywood Wives were re-published in ebook format, and The World Is Full of Divorced Women in both ebook and paperback. There is new artwork accompanying each reissue and we supported the launch with a special launch event and celebration at Waterstones Gower Street.
There have been many imitators, but only ever one Jackie Collins.
With millions of her books sold in more than forty countries, and with thirty-one New York Times bestsellers to her credit, she is one of the world’s top-selling novelists.
From glamorous Beverly Hills bedrooms to Hollywood move studios; from glittering rock concerts in London to the yachts of Russian billionaires, Jackie Collins chronicled the scandalous lives of the rich, famous, and infamous from the inside looking out.
“I write about real people in disguise,” she once said. “If anything, my characters are toned down—the truth is much more bizarre!”
Her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968 and established Collins as an author who dared to step where no other female writers had gone before. She followed it year after year with one successful title after another, including Chances, the first installment of a sprawling nine-book saga introducing the street-smart, sexy, and dynamic Lucky Santangelo. The eighties saw Jackie hitting her stride with the seminal blockbuster, Hollywood Wives, as well as Lucky, Hollywood Wives, and Rock Star. In recent years she kept fans entertained with Poor Little Bitch Girl, Lethal Seduction, and her final novel, The Santagelos, never wavering on her commitment to take her readers on a “wild ride”!
Jackie was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by the Queen of England in 2013 for her services to literature and charity. When accepting the honor she said to the Queen, “Not bad for a school drop-out”—a revelation capturing her belief that both passion and determination can lead to big dreams coming true.
Jackie Collins lived in Beverly Hills where she had a front row seat to the lives she so accurately captured in her compulsive plotlines. She was a creative force, a trailblazer for women in fiction and in her own words “A kick-ass writer!”
Ian Chapman, CEO of Simon & Schuster UK and International, and a close friend of Jackie Collins, says “Jackie was kind, brilliantly astute, with a wicked, mischievous sense of humour, and a consummate storyteller. She made her craft look easy, like all great practitioners. I – along with many others – miss her still and often expect to see her appear suddenly in our midst. Jackie was a wonderful friend, too, always there to offer advice, support and wisdom. We have long made a solemn commitment to ensure that her legacy endures and are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to republish several of her bestselling novels in a fresh and exciting way. Jackie continues to be a hugely important author on our list and we hope to welcome a new generation of readers to her fabulous work.”
Publication of the first four reissues was marked by a special launch event and celebration at Waterstones Gower Street on Thursday 21st March 2019, featuring a stellar line-up of authors coming together to celebrate the work of Jackie Collins. The line-up featured Veronica Henry, bestselling novelist and author of a new introduction to The World Is Full of Divorced Women, Grazia Books Editor and author Alexandra Heminsley who worked with Collins in the early 2000s and Crystal Rasmussen, journalist and author of Diary of a Drag Queen (Ebury). They were chaired by lifelong fan and author of Bollywood Wives, Alex Khan.