10 Steamy Books That Would Make Excellent Television Soap Operas
No. 6: Pride and Avarice by Nicholas Coleridge
Few authors cause me to obsessively seek out their entire bodies of work, after reading just one novel. There was Jackie Collins, Terry McMillan, Sidney Sheldon and now Nicholas Coleridge. I was actually looking for a turgid pot boiler from Collins in the "C" section of Borders a few years back, when I discovered her fellow Brit Coleridge.
After reading the back flap of Pride and Avarice (published as Deadly Sins in the U.K.), I knew the book was for me. A modern day saga of two rival families duking it out over the right to reign supreme in a sprawling stretch of English countryside, Pride and Avarice is Dallas meets Gosford Park.
In one corner, there is Miles Straker, a famed PR strategist and consultant to London's elite. Miles owns the massive estate Chawbury Manor. Imagine his horror when noveau riche grocery store owner Ross Clegg buys the neighboring estate.
Miles pulls stunts worthy of J.R. Ewing and Falcon Crest's Angela Channing to run the Cleggs out of his beloved old money enclave. Meanwhile, the Clegg and Straker children simply can't seem to stop shagging one another! This book was made for television. I know PBS loves their period pieces (and so do I), but this contemporary work would go great alongside Downton Abbey.
Wishful Casting: Days of Our Lives' Charles Shaughnessy as Miles Straker and Torchwood's John Barrowman as Ross Clegg.