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Author: Penny Vincenzi Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781620640425
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It all comes down to love or money in a harrowing custody battle over a little girl, set against the glossy backdrop of the magazine and advertising worlds in 1960s London. 

A privileged girl from a privileged class, Eliza has a dazzling career in the magazine world of the 1960s. But when she falls deeply in love with Matt, an edgy working-class boy, she gives up her ritzy, fast-paced lifestyle to get married. By the end of the decade, however, their marriage has suffered a harrowing breakdown, culminating in divorce and a dramatic courtroom custody battle over their little girl. Also at risk is Eliza’s gorgeous family home, a pawn in the game, which she can’t bear to give up. True to form, Penny Vincenzi introduces a devious cast of characters seemingly plucked from the pages of sixties- and seventies-era magazines, as she deftly maneuvers between the glamorous, moneyed worlds of fashion and advertising and a heart-wrenching custody battle going on in the courtroom, where the social mores of the time are on full display.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot-twist queen.”

    Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Just in time to fill the gap between seasons of Downton Abbey, Vincenzi’s book captures all the elements Anglophiles love: romance that crosses social boundaries; meddling matriarchs; witty dialogue; and characters so richly drawn you’ll feel as if you’ve lost friends when the book is over. Brew a pot of tea and grab some biscuits. You’ll enjoy this More Than You Know.”

    USA Today

  • “[A] glamour-drenched guilty pleasure.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Penny Vincenzi writes…fast-paced novels with plots and subplots so deftly manipulated that it’s impossible to start reading one and still lead a productive life.”

    Washington Post

  • “With her well-drawn characters and engaging style, Vincenzi keeps things humming.”


  • “Internationally bestselling author Penny Vincenzi mines the glamourous worlds of London fashion, advertising, and real estate to concoct a glittering tale of romance and scandal at a time of eroding class distinctions…More Than You Know is vintage Vincenzi. It’s a compulsively readable saga about what having it all really means…Certain to be a summer blockbuster.”

  • “There are few things better in life than the knowledge that sitting on your bedside table is the latest novel by Penny Vincenzi…A gem, Penny never fails her devoted fans.”

    Daily Express

  • “A lively romp filled with fashion, scandal, and lots of glamour, all tied up for the requisite happy ending.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An intriguing glimpse at British life at the outset of the turbulent 1960s.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A cultural portrait, painted in brilliant pop-culture colors.”


  • “Teeming with memorable characters, this is pure pleasure, Vincenzi-style.”

    Woman & Home 

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashlee | 2/15/2014

    " I got this book by accident, it has the same title as another I wanted to read. But it seemed interesting enough. But it infuriated me. I never considered myself a feminist until I was reading this book and wanting to alternately strangle the main character and her husband. It was so hard to remember that the book was set in the 60s and 70 s, thus the opinions and characters were formed of the time. I can say the author certainly nailed the coming-of-feminism characters. But personally, I can't rate the book any higher because the characters drove me crazy with their emotionally abusive and co-dependent relationship. I liked a lot of the side stories better than the main one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 2/10/2014

    " It's interesting because I just re-read all of the reviews for this book and everyone just LOVED the book. And, well, I did not love this book. I even feel conflicted about giving it 3 stars. I think it's a very well written book. It's a very readable book. And personally, I really enjoyed *all* of the cast of characters EXCEPT the two main characters: Matt and Eliza. To be honest, I hated them. Matt I found patronizing and rude and a horrible husband and, yes, a horrible father (refusing to set boundaries, playing off his wife against his daughter, and more). Eliza starts out as a strong, beautiful woman who quickly lets a man turn her into a weak woman who doesn't even closely resemble the woman she wanted to spend her life being. How can any female writer enjoy reading a book about such characters? They basically play off each other's weaknesses and destroy each other. Thankfully the author is such a good writer that the rest of the cast of characters are a joy to read, and there are plenty stories surrounding them to make the rest of the book enjoyable (Matt's coworkers, his sister, Eliza's first serious boyfriends, some of her work friends, etc.). So I would leave it up to the individual on whether they'd want to read this book or not. I don't regret reading the book, because it is a well-written book (and I have read many poorly written books that I DO think were a waste of time, this book was not a waste of time). But I was/am just SO frustrated by the main characters... that I truly can't understand why so many people loved the book and rated it so highly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ehbooklover | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't finish this book. Here's why: the characters were completely and totally unlikeable. Matt is a racist, sexist jerk and Eliza's lack of a backbone frustrated me to no end . I couldn't take any more. So I gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 1/30/2014

    " While this story didn't fully grip me, I did enjoy it. I wasn't glued to my couch reading it, but I was interested enough in following where the story went. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 1/27/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! Fast paced writing and so true to life. I could relate to all the characters (but especially Louise)! I can't wait to read more from this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/27/2014

    " I thought this would be a better book, but there were too many characters (unrelatable and unlikeable) and the story jumped around too much to make it an enjoyable. Also, it was way too long. I ended up scanned the last 1/5 of the book just so I could finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/26/2014

    " If it weren't for the bratty child (which is so much more annoying when you're listening to an audiobook), there would've been another star. Other than that, great book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 1/21/2014

    " This is a long book but there was great character development. At the end, it seemed like everything was wrapped up quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mae | 1/19/2014

    " Good "by the pool read". Dialogue moved the story along - common enough scenario - poor boy meets upper class not so rich girl...perception equals your reality gets one in trouble all the time. Entertaining - recommend as a good airplane read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 May | 1/10/2014

    " Liked it! Read well! Love her characters & the plot carries you on! Wanted to stay home to finish it! Certainly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this book early on but eventually found it too predictable, and it took to long to get to where I knew it was going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 10/17/2013

    " 3.5 Good story with interwoven characters, a little predictable, a little long, but enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 5/15/2013

    " I hate to say it, but I Lund this book so utterly boring I couldn't wait to put it down... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie | 4/11/2013

    " Enjoyed this book very much. Shows what money can do to some people, the trials and happiness of marriage. The book was a bit on the long side and probably could have been shortened some, but could definitely relate to lots of things in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/3/2013

    " Couldn't put this one down. Fortunately, I was reading this on a cruise and on the 8 hour drive back home. I have read this author before and really enjoy the family drama she depicts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 9/24/2012

    " The story involves more than Eliza. The story is about how different men and women evolved the women's movement from 1958-1970's . Nice happy ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 8/29/2012

    " good -read it in one day "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 8/16/2012

    " Okay for a quick read. Ended up hating the main character-she was just a woose and I couldn't stand her whining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammi | 6/18/2012

    " Best book I've read in a long time.....couldn't put it down "

About the Author

Penny Vincenzi is the international bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including Sheer Abandon, An Absolute Scandal, The Best of Times, and the highly successful Lytton family trilogy. Before becoming a full-time novelist, she worked as a journalist for Vogue, Tattler, and Cosmopolitan, among other publications. She was also the first fashion editor at Nova, a seminal woman’s magazine of the 1960s, known as Britain’s “style bible.” Penny has four daughters and divides her time between London and South Wales.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor is an English-born television, theater, and multiple-award-winning audiobook narrator. Her television credits include Love in a Cold Climate, Rumpole of the Bailey, Sherlock Holmes, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has won numerous Audie awards and AudioFile magazine Earphones awards.