Lucky Break by Esther Freud: March 2012 book of the month
Former actress Esther Freud pulls back the velvet curtain in our March book club choice.
Bafta, Golden Globe, Oscar: the annual merry-go-round of film award ceremonies reveals the acting profession as one unlike any other, a career that combines glitz, mundanity, fantasy and reality.
In her new novel, Lucky Break, Esther Freud explores the theatrical world with piercing insight (and a lot of insider knowledge, given her experiences as an actor and marriage to David Morrissey).
The story starts with a gauche, anxious group of students at their first day at Drama Arts. All of them are made interesting and likeable – no mean feat, given the luvvieness and frequently ludicrous behavior of thespy types – by Freud's observant and sympathetic writing. And it is often very funny.
The Observer said: 'It is to Freud's immense credit that she has made a profession threaded through by fakery appear so indelibly and excruciatingly real.'
Book club discussion: 27 March, 9-10pm
We're delighted that Esther Freud will be joining us to talk about Lucky Break, and her other novels, on Tuesday 27 March, 9-10pm. Whether you've read this book, previous books, or just want to ask her how she manages to write so many books, come along and join in.
If you'd like to get involved in the discussion you can buy a copy and get started right away.
About Esther Freud
Esther Freud, daughter of Lucien, 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. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
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