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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 5 May 2011.

This dazzling new novel from Esther Freud uncovers a world of ruthless ambition, uncertain alliances and the many-sided holy grail of Success.

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Synopsis

Lucky Break by Esther Freud

It is their first day at Drama Arts, and the circle of huddled, nervous students are told in no uncertain terms that here, unlike at any other drama school, they will be taught to Act. To Be. To exist in their own world on the stage. But outside is the real world - a pitiless, alluring place in which each of them in their most fervent dreams, hopes to flourish and excel.

Nell, insecure and dumpy, wonders if she will ever be cast as anything other than the maid. She'll never compete, she knows this, with the multitude of confident, long-legged beauties thronging the profession-most notably Charlie, whose effortless ascendance is nothing less than she expects. While Dan, ambitious and serious, has his sights fixed on Hamlet, as well as on fiery, rebellious Jemma.

Over the following decade these young actors will grapple with haphazard tours, illogical auditions, unobtainable agents, deluxe caravans, rocky relationships and red-carpet premieres.

Reviews

'I loved Lucky Break - being taken away and plunged into that vivid group of actors with all their fun and excitement - and of course their tensions, disappointments and anxiety too. It struck me as completely authentic and enthralling'
Sir Michael Holroyd

'Freud stands out as a clear, attractive voice in the literary hubbub'
Observer

'A highly talented writer'
Independent

'In a culture which dins with brashness and self-advertisement, attending to Esther Freud's still, truthful voice becomes not only a pleasure but a necessity'
Jonathan Coe

About the Author

Esther Freud

Esther Freud was born in London in 1963. She trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and made into a feature film starring Kate Winslet. Her other novels include The Sea House, Summer at Gaglow, The Wild, Peerless Flats and most recently, Love Falls. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th April 2011

Author

Esther Freud

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781408805824

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