Prize of the week - January 25

A legend of the screen and stage, Dame Joan Collins is perhaps best known for playing Alexis Carrington in the popular 1980s TV series Dynasty.

She is also a best-selling author of 17 books and has been a diarist from the age of 12.

Collins dictated most of those diary entries in real time into a mini-tape recorder at the end of the day, and now she is spilling the beans — well, nearly all of them.

What you will discover was written when Joan “felt like it” between 1989 and 2009.

Whether it is an encounter with a superstar or a member of the royal family, or her keen and honest insights into other celebrities at dinner parties and events, Joan is honest and unapologetic.

Taking us on a dazzling tour around the globe — from exclusive restaurants in Los Angeles to the glittering beaches of St Tropez, from dinner parties in London to galas in New York City — some of the characters you will meet in these pages include Rod Stewart, Princess Margaret, Donald Trump, Michael Caine, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Rupert Everett, Roger Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more.

Her diaries are intimate and witty, and they pull no punches.

My Unapologetic Diaries by Joan Collins is published by Hachette Australia. RRP $49.99


We have two copies of My Unapologetic Diaries to give away. For a chance to win a copy, send your name, address, daytime phone number and the answer to this question: What’s the name of the dog in today’s Man’s best Friend section of Country News? to: Country Life ‘Joan’ Competition, PO Box 8000, Shepparton 3632, by Wednesday, February 2.


Congratulations to Joshua Belton, winner of the Mixed 5 book pack. Please collect your prize from our Shepparton office.