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Join Esther Freud to talk about our March Book of the Month, Lucky Break, Tuesday 27 March 9-10pm

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TillyBookClub Wed 29-Feb-12 11:45:14

I am thrilled to announce that March's writer is the stupendous Esther Freud, who started out as an actor (specifically, as an alien in Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen) and then went on to write Hideous Kinky, and followed it up with seven more books, including The Wild and The Sea House. In her latest novel, LUCKY BREAK, Esther explores the theatrical world with piercing insight (and a lot of insider knowledge, given her own training and her marriage to David Morrissey).

The story starts with a gauche, anxious group of students at their first day at Drama Arts. Nell, who is no red-carpet queen, feels destined to a lifetime of character parts. Charlie, however, believes success is only her due. Dan has to overcome private fears and the demands of a family to reach his ambition. All of them are made interesting and likeable - no mean feat, given the luvvieness and often ludicrous behaviour of thespy types - by Freud's observant and sympathetic writing. And it is often very funny too. As the Observer put it, 'it is to Freud's immense credit that she has made a profession threaded through by fakery appear so indelibly and excruciatingly real.'

Read more about the book at our book of the month page, plus you can see what the Telegraph says here

The generous folks at Bloomsbury have 100 copies of the book to give away to Mumsnetters. To claim yours, please go to the book of the month page and fill in your details.

We'll post on the thread when all the copies have been sent out but if you're not lucky enough to bag one of those, you can always get your paperback or Kindle version here

Esther Freud will be joining us to talk about LUCKY BREAK, acting, writing and all her novels, on Tuesday 27 March, 9-10pm. So whatever you want to ask and whichever of her books you've read, do come and join us.

Look forward to seeing you all then, and keep posting your thoughts and any advance questions on this thread...

Hullygully Wed 29-Feb-12 11:55:09


Fast fingers

DuchessofMalfi Wed 29-Feb-12 12:15:16

I've requested a copy too, fingers crossed smile. Sounds like a really good read.

kandinskysgirl Wed 29-Feb-12 12:20:24

I have done it too, sounds like a brilliant book. I already had read last months book club book so would be nice to read one along with everybody else.

Neenook Wed 29-Feb-12 12:56:21

Done. Sounds like a great book
Fingers crossed now smile

MayCanary Wed 29-Feb-12 13:01:30

Done - sounds good. Hoping for the best smile

tigercametotea Wed 29-Feb-12 13:47:26

Done smile

QuickLookBusy Wed 29-Feb-12 14:25:55

Done it-sounds a good read

Abcinthia Wed 29-Feb-12 15:54:42

Done smile

Nevergarglebrandybutter Wed 29-Feb-12 16:01:11

The reviews on amazon are not great on this one. Hope i get a free one this time. Have a copy of hideous kinky I keep meaning to read too.

Hullygully Wed 29-Feb-12 17:26:19

Break a leg

chipmonkey Wed 29-Feb-12 17:42:20

Hideous Kinky is great!

juneybean Wed 29-Feb-12 18:52:44

Done, thanks smile

LottieJenkins Wed 29-Feb-12 20:44:21

Hi Esther. Slight Hijack here. You don't know me but i knew your lovely Mum. She was such a kind lady and she always asked after my son who has disabilties when she saw me in our local shop. She was a wonderful lady and I miss seeing her around! sad

bigbadbarry Wed 29-Feb-12 21:06:55

Hideous Kinky is one of my desert island all-time favourites smile

AnonymousBird Thu 01-Mar-12 10:54:18

Done!!! fingers crossed.

Though I am seriously envy of married to David Morrissey (am I allowed to say that?!).

Freddiesmother Thu 01-Mar-12 19:41:51

Hmm doesn't seem to be published in paperback until 29 march?! Am I missing something?

HandMadeTail Thu 01-Mar-12 21:12:26

LottieJenkins, I'm thinking that if Esther Freud's novels are in any way autobiographical, you may have found her mother more caring than she did?

LottieJenkins Thu 01-Mar-12 22:54:19

HandMadeTail I havent read Esthers books so can't comment. I just know how i found BC and thought she was a nice lady!!

TillyBookClub Fri 02-Mar-12 11:33:59

Just thought I'd add that everyone should feel free to discuss the book and post questions/thoughts/opinions at any point over the month. And then when Esther comes on, she'll answer the stack of questions and take any fresh ones that come up that evening.

And feel free to chat to her about Hideous Kinky, or whichever book you'd like to talk about.

I'm enjoying the insights, whilst also biting my fists thinking how completely rubbish and hopeless I would be as an actor. I would either be speechless with derision (at the Stanivlasky Method) or speechless with fright (at having to be watched). I can't even manage Christmas charades without my heart thumping. I wouldn't last one day.

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 02-Mar-12 14:59:07


Hmm doesn't seem to be published in paperback until 29 march?! Am I missing something?

Thanks for flagging. Bloomsbury are on the case and we'll report back on Monday, when hopefully it will be sorted and the p/b available on Amazon. The Kindle version is available now.

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 05-Mar-12 12:27:40

Hello, we've heard back from Bloomsbury and Freddiesmother, you're right, the paperback isn't out until 29 March blush.

BUT, Mumsnetters can get the trade paperback (RRP £11.99) online for £5.99 (free P&P) using this link.

The ebook version is available on Amazon for £5.49.

As I type, there are 3 FREE copies of the 100 giveaway copies left. Quick!! Visit our book of the month page.

And please come back and post your thoughts once you've read Lucky Break. We're looking forward to hearing what you all think.

thanks smile

AnonymousBird Mon 05-Mar-12 18:20:43

So, if we've emailed before the giveaways run out, does that mean we are getting a hardback?! (suspect the answer is obvious, but just wanted to check!)


DuchessofMalfi Tue 06-Mar-12 08:02:15

Anonymous, I assumed we would be getting the trade paperback. If you follow the link above it is available now. No idea what the difference is though.

AnonymousBird Tue 06-Mar-12 09:18:46

Oh yes, sorry, was being a bit thick! You must be right.

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