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by Ben Richards

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

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Immensely likeable, unsuccessful, broke actress meets a thoroughly disreputable, wealthy rogue.  Setting the scene and getting to know them is a quiet read where you gradually become involved and then suddenly the plot takes off and the book changes gear.  Very impressive.

Comparison: Nick Hornby, Douglas Coupland, Toby Litt.

Sarah Broadhurst

Confidence Synopsis

Kerenza Penhaligan is a struggling actress: once feted as a future star she is now reduced to taking embarrassing bit parts in TV dramas and standing in for other, more successful actors at read-throughs. Wondering where her career has gone, unable to pay her rent, and with her self-confidence flagging, she struggles to keep sight of the boundary between right and wrong.

When she steps in to break up a violent confrontation in a bar, Kerenza finds herself caught up in a twilight world of conmen and cheats, of dubious moral choices, and temptingly high rewards. She meets the enigmatic Evan, who offers her a different avenue for her skills - in which her acting talent ends up proving far more useful off the stage than on it. Kerenza soon learns, however, that there's no such thing as a victimless con…

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ISBN: 9780297829164
Publication date: 08/06/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780297829164
Publication date: 8th June 2006
Author: Ben Richards
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Genres: Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,

About Ben Richards

Ben Richards was born in 1964 and has previously worked as a Housing Officer in London and as a University Lecturer (Birmingham University). He also spent several years in South America working and travelling.

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