Winner: Outstanding Achievement Award at the National Book Awards 2011

Sunday, 13 November, 2011 / Published in Press

Originally appeared in Galaxy National Book Awards

UPDATE: Click here to watch Jackie’s acceptance speech video.

A Jackie Collins novel is an excellent template for life. Family must be cherished and protected at all costs, time and care must be put into precious relationships and kindness is usually repaid with loyalty…Jackie celebrates the brave, intelligent and strong woman who is not only bound to survive whatever life throws at her but to come out the other side having made huge success of herself and her family against all odds’ Daily Mail reviewing Goddess of Vengeance, April 2011.

Let rewind for a moment, Jackie’s first novel was published in 1968. Barbara Cartland called it ‘nasty, filthy, and disgusting’. It was banned in Australia and South Africa. It went stratospheric in the U.K. and the U.S. Its title? The World is Full of Married Men. A year later came The Stud, followed by Sinners, The Love Killers, The World is Full of Divorced Women, a triumphant succession of novels published through the seventies, eighties, and nineties and into the 21st century. Over four decades of writing, over 400 million copies sold of an oeuvre consisting of 28 titles and counting, with readers in over 40 countries. Jackie has received no less than five Golden Pans (awarded to authors published by Pan who sell a million copies of a title). Her most recent novel, Goddess of Vengeance, went straight to Number 1 on the hardcover fiction bestseller list earlier this year.

Let’s square Barbara Cartland’s opinion with that of others: Louis Malle, the late film director, called Jackie ‘a raunchy moralist’, Vanity Fair hailed her as ‘Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust‘. Jackie is without dispute one of the world’s top selling novelists. Her star shows no sign of fading…

How come? Simply put, Jackie knows what her readers want. She is a born story teller. We love the gorgeous settings – Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Manhattan – we love the skill and bravado with which she weaves her plots, the glamourous lifestyle of her characters, the guessing games at to who might be who. ‘I write about real people in disguise,’ she says. ‘If anything, my characters are toned down – the truth is much more bizarre.’ She never talks down to her readers, she never shortchanges them. Many have been with her from the outset, others have come on board as time goes by and never left. She writes with enormous passion, fast pace and an unwavering commitment to tell a satisfying story. Lucky Santangelo, who made her first appearance in Chances (1981) and has gone on to be the star of seven subsequent novels, Jackie has developed her most popular and enduring heroine, beautiful, formidable, shrewd and sassy. Lucky may live a life we can only fantasize about, and yet we root for her, we adore and admire her, we want to be her. She is an amazing woman, a consummate professional, a true survivor like her creator.

Keep reigning, Jackie.

Suzanne B. of Galaxy National Book Awards 2011

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