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. There will be no performing, no showing off, no prancing around in fancy dress. Here, they will learn to Be. To exist in their own world on the stage. Over the following decade we follow the lives of four of these young actors - serious, driven Dan; Nell, burdened by insecurity; shy, slight Hettie who'll do anything, or almost any thing to please, and Charlie whose effortless ascendance is nothing less than she expects. Through semi-derelict homes, desperate competition, dreary tours, unobtainable agents, rocky relationships and endless tempting jobs, Esther Freud's dazzling new novel uncovers a world of ruthless ambition, uncertain alliances and the tarnished and multifaceted holy grail of Success.
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- 135 x 216mm
- 07 Mar 2011
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
'Freud stands out as a clear, attractive voice in the literary hubbub' Observer 'A highly talented writer' Penelope Lively 'Her fine prose holds the reader to the end' The Times '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 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. She was one of Granta's Best of Young British Writers and went on to publish The Sea House, Summer at Gaglow, The Wild, Peerless Flats and most recently, Love Falls. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Highgate, London, with her husband, the actor David Morrissey and their three children.