#BeMoreJackie by SJV
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, 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 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’
On 4th March 2019, we announced a new 5 year partnership with the Romantic Novelists’ Association, to launch the Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thriller of the Year. Ian Chapman, upon launching the award, said ’We have long made a solemn commitment to ensure that her legacy endures and are incredibly proud to partner with the Romantic Novelists‘ Association and launch this wonderful award to support her fellow writers. 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.’
Nicola Cornick, Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, said: ‘The Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thriller of the Year is a wonderful way to recognise Jackie’s inspiring talent. She was an absolute phenomenon and we are thrilled to be partnering with Simon & Schuster to celebrate her work and her legacy.’
This winner of the inaugural Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thriller of the Year was announced at the RNA Awards as Samantha Tonge. India Thain presented Samantha with her award at the ceremony in March 2020.
The launch of the award coincided with the start of our eBook reissue programme, which began on 21st March 2019 with the new editions of Lucky, Thrill! and Hollywood Wives re-published in eBook format, and The World Is Full of Divorced Women in both eBook and paperback.
To mark the launch of the programme, we hosted a celebration event at Waterstones Gower Street, featuring a stellar line-up of authors coming together to celebrate the work of Jackie. The line-up featured bestselling novelist Veronica Henry, Grazia Books Editor and author Alexandra Heminsley who worked with Jackie in the early 2000s and Crystal Rasmussen, journalist and author. They were chaired by lifelong fan and author, Alex Khan.
There is new artwork accompanying each reissue and we supported the launch with a special launch event and celebration at Waterstones Gower Street.
Directed by Laura Fairrie and produced by John Battsek and the Academy Award® winning Passion Pictures - along with AGC Studios, CNN Films, and BBC Arts - LADY BOSS: The Jackie Collins Story takes viewers on an immersive journey through the trailblazing life of novelist Jackie Collins. The film had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in June, premiered in the UK at a sold out LADY BOSS LIVE Event in Mayfair on July 1st, hosted by Mariella Frostrup in conversation with director Laura Fairrie, and writers Daisy Buchanan, Julie Cohen and Yomi Adegoke, and went on general release in cinemas nationwide on July 2nd.
Spinning together fact and fiction, this feature documentary reveals the untold story of a ground-breaking author and her mission to build a one-woman literary empire. Narrated by a cast of Jackie’s closest friends and family, the film shares the private struggles of a woman who became an icon of 1980s feminism whilst hiding her vulnerability behind a carefully crafted, powerful, public persona. The film evolves from a celebration of Jackie’s revolutionary novels – which placed female sexuality at the heart of their storytelling – into a multi-layered deliberation on feminism, family dynamics, and the universal quest to understand how our childhood experiences and early traumas ultimately make us who we are.