Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

win prizes books of the month
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

Confidence by Ben Richards
  

Confidence

Literary Fiction   Books for the Boys   Relationship Stories   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

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.

If you like Ben Richards you might also like to read books by Tony Parsons, Neil Cross and Will Self.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Synopsis

Confidence by Ben Richards

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…

About the Author

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

8th June 2006

Author

Ben Richards

More books by Ben Richards
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books for the Boys
Relationship Stories


ISBN

9780297829164

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Lovereading has all the new books and also suggestions for 'similar' authors whilst waiting for your favourites new books.

Carol Peace

My favourite thing about is the 'like for like' page this has really introduced me to some good reads! That and lots of honest reviews.

Sam Lewis

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools