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Julie Burchill has written more than a dozen books, with the TV adaptation of one of them, Sugar Rush, winning an International Emmy. Her hobbies include spite, luncheon, philanthropy, writing short stories and learning Modern Hebrew. She has been a journalist since the age of 17 and is now 53 years old, and currently writing for the Daily Mail and Observer. She is married and lives in Brighton.
Click here to read an exclusive Q&A Lovereading had with Julie about the re-issue of her debut novel Ambition.
Oh the excitement in the office when we heard that Ambition was being reissued 24 years on from its original publication. This rude, raunchy, sleazy, addictively readable, guilty pleasure still has the power to shock and as Julie Burchill says herself 'it makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like Anne of Green Gables'. The plot - nakedly ambitious deputy news editor, Susan Street, wants the top job and ruthlessly immoral media baron, Tobias Pope, will give it to her provided she does EVERYTHING he wants her to do… but really he just wants to break her. Welcome back the un-PC Grandmother of Mummy Porn! Julie Burchill is attending the Brighton Festival on 20th May 2013 - for tickets click here. Click here to read an exclusive Q&A Lovereading had with Julie about the re-issue of her debut novel Ambition.
Definitely for the older teenager, Burchill has written about a gritty, urban and larger than life world. Itâ€™s smart, funny, full of wit â€“ the Julie Burchill trademark â€“ and it really captures the life and soul of teenage angst and heartache. Friendships are well drawn and the storylines will have you hooked from the off.
It's survival of the fittest at Ravendene Comprehensive - the terrifying teenage jungle for which Kim Lewis must trade her safe, posh private school. But help is at hand - in the unlikely form of the rude, raucous, toxic and tantalizing Maria (aka Sugar) Sweet, queen of the 'Ravers'. As Kim falls quickly under her spell, and gambles her good-girl past for an exciting life of late-night parties and daring emotion, she must ask herself a disturbing question: has she fallen in love with her best friend? Julie Burchill's Sugar Rush is saucy, shimmering, loud and larger than life - come get your sugar fix!
What if your first love was not one person but an entire culture? This is a loud and heartfelt celebration of one woman's relationship with the Jewish people. Growing up as a blonde, popular, West Country schoolgirl, Julie Burchill was the unlikeliest convert to militant Zionism but learning of the cruelty the Jewish people faced throughout history turned her into their biggest champion. From her marriage to a 'not Jewish enough husband' to drunken holidays in Israel, arguments with lesbian rabbis to being banned from her local synagogue, this is a brilliantly funny and unflinchingly honest account of a philo-Semite that will shock and delight in equal parts. Join Julie as she examines her 40-year obsession with the Jewish people and recounts a love affair that is as hedonistic, passionate and outspoken as its author. This is a frivolous book about a serious subject that is now more important than ever. It's An Education, but with more sex, more violence and a lot more Jews.
Julie Burchill is a renowned journalist and prolific columnist whose provocative opinions and observations sometimes create controversy and division but always make for compulsive reading. Her first novel, the bestseller Ambition, have these same ingredients and more as she elevates the sex and shopping formula to an erotic, witty and imaginative account of Susan Street's exploits to reach the top. Wild orgies in exotic locations and political intrigue at home expose a fashionable jet set world that our heroine conquers on her journey propelled by her desperate unyielding and enduring Ambition. Accomplished actress Georgina Hale gives a reading that captures the provocative and sexy mood in indomitable style.
It's survival of the fittest at Ravendene Comprehensive - the terrifying teenage jungle for which Kim Lewis must trade her safe, posh private school. But help is at hand - in the unlikely form of the rude, raucous, toxic and tantalising Maria (aka Sugar) Sweet, queen of the 'Ravers'. As Kim falls quickly under her spell, and gambles her good-girl past for an exciting life of late-night parties and daring emotion, she must ask herself a disturbing question: has she fallen in love with her best friend?