Lies and Weddings

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Pub Date 20 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 1 Jul 2024

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'Truly delicious . . . it's everything I want a book to be' DAISY BUCHANAN
'A hugely fun tale' I PAPER
'Salacious and addictive, every page left me giggling with glee' ANNIE LORD
'Wickedly delectable' NEW YORK TIMES

'Crazy Rich Asians meets Saltburn' PLUM SYKES
'A plot with more twists than an Elsa Peretti for Tiffany corkscrew' FINANCIAL TIMES

Juicy, salacious and a whole lot of fun . . . an absolute must for your summer reads this year’ GLAMOUR



Rufus Leung Gresham, future Earl of Greshamsbury and son of a former Hong Kong supermodel, is drowning in debt. The only solution, according to his mother, is for him to attend his sister’s wedding and seduce a woman with money.

Will it be the French hotel heiress with a royal bloodline? The venture capital genius who passes out billions like lollipops? Or will Rufus betray his family and confess his love for his best friend and ‘girl next door’ Eden? But when a volcanic eruption burns through the nuptials and a hot mic exposes a secret tryst, the Gresham family plans – and their reputation – go up in flames, making Rufus’ choice all the more impossible.

Taking us from the sand beaches of Hawaii to the skies of Marrakech, from the glitzy bachelor pads of Beverly Hills to the inner sanctums of England’s oldest family estates, Kevin Kwan has written a juicy, hilarious and sophisticated tale of love, money, murder, sex, and the lies we tell about them all.


'Outrageous . . . wickedly delectable' NEW YORK TIMES
'Your perfect summer read' DAILY MAIL
'Delightful' INDEPENDENT
'Lough-out-loud funny' SUNDAY MIRROR
'Pure entertainment' NYLON
'Flash, funny, delicious . . . the juicy stuff of classic high-society drama' USA TODAY
‘As good as Crazy Rich Asians, but even more ridiculous and hilarious’ COSMOPOLITAN

'Thank God for Kevin Kwan' W MAGAZINE

Lies and Weddings, New York Times bestseller, June 2024

'Truly delicious . . . it's everything I want a book to be' DAISY BUCHANAN
'A hugely fun tale' I PAPER
'Salacious and addictive, every page left me giggling with glee' ANNIE LORD
'Wickedly delectable' ...

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It begins with a killing. But hold on, Kevin ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Kwan hasn’t lost it, he proceeds to slay in his latest novel of the lives and loves of the super rich.

Eden Tong, a capable NHS doctor, lives with her father in the shadow (actually in the garden) of their lifelong friends the aristocratic Greshams. Led by bumbling Brit Lord Greshamsbury and his formidable wife Lady Arabella (née Leung), all seems fine until their only son and heir announces his undying love for the non-U Eden. The family goes into meltdown after a volcano disrupts their daughter’s massive wedding and ruins Lady Arabella’s showcase Hawaiian resort. Things truly fall apart as family secrets, bad actors, penury and loss of status threaten an end to the ancient house of Gresham.

Like a display case in Tiffany’s, the dramatis personae are opulent and sparkling. Kevin Kwan doesn’t short the reader on details, offering educational pedigrees for each character so that we, too, can get our snob on. Each carries a chance for redemption but it hurts so good to revel in the bad. (I imagined uber-matriarch Lady Gresham in a pointy black hat clutching a poisoned apple when she appeared). The book has lots of old money and new money, but everyone’s got money. Even the weird Guru character turns out to be landed gentry of the DAR type. There’s lots of delicious name-dropping too so take notes for googling later. The mystery of that killing is woven in like a golden strand from a Persian rug.

‘Lies and weddings’ is a glorious slice of escapism for our paper plate lives. A peek into the problems of the super-rich (they do it so you don’t have to) is immense fun. The cast is diverse and their perils are cathartic. Kevin Kwan has also included a subtext of eco-responsibility that keeps the story relevant with a moral undertone amid the excess. I found this to be the best thing I read over Spring break. The fantasy of wealth and greed was balanced against the trials and tribulations that are all too human and recognisable.

Thanks to NetGalleyUK and Random House, Cornerstone for the eARC.

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I'm a huge fan of the Crazy Rich Asians series and have been looking forward to reading Kevin's new novel. I saved it for a long train journey and am so glad I did, because it was brilliant and full of his trademark humour and amusing characters. I loved how global this book was, taking us to Hawaii, Devon and Venice. If you love Crazy Rich Asians, you'll love this, and I'd say it's worth saving it to read until you're on holiday. Sheer bliss.

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