Lucky Break by Esther Freud
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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 he 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 trailers, rocky relationships, and red-carpet premieres. This dazzling new novel from Esther Freud uncovers a world of ruthless ambition, uncertain alliances, and the many-sided holy grail of Success.
 

About Esther Freud

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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.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 321 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Freud, generally a shrewd observer, occasionally strays into caricature, notably in encounters with a predatory filmmaker and a superficial agent, but elsewhere she captures fleeting hopes, insecurities and self-doubts—is this, after all, a worthwhile way to earn a living?

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Esther Freud’s novel charts the diverging fortunes of a group of actors who meet as students at drama school.

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The Guardian

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How did you come to write Lucky Break?I started writing a series of short stories set in the world of acting and got carried away.

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The Guardian

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Lucky Break, Esther Freud's seventh novel, charts the diverging fortunes of a group of actors who meet as students at drama college.

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The Guardian

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In her seventh novel Esther Freud casts off the complex family ties that dominate her early books, and the middle European angst of more recent works, to embrace the funny yet brutal world of acting.

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The Telegraph

Freud, a former actress now married to leading actor, David Morrissey, has written her most appealing novel since Hideous Kinky – delineating with compassion and conviction people in the grip of a vocation who, even when they fail, are wonderfully entertaining.

Apr 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Lucky Break: A Novel

Express

NELL is dressed in the same lucky outfit she wore for her audition.

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Independent.ie

Her first novel, Hideous Kinky, established Esther Freud as a warm and witty writer and the film of the book, with Kate Winslet, went on to bring her an even wider readership.

Apr 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Lucky Break: A Novel

The Jewish Chronicle

After an itinerant childhood, famously recalled in Hideous Kinky, the novel that made her name, she came to London at 16 to go to drama school, worked as an actress and later married the actor David Morrissey.

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