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Ambition [Paperback]

Julie Burchill
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 Mar 1990
Writing Ambition was one of the most pleasurable and profitable acts of my long and lurid career. And even now, it makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like Anne of Green Gables. --Julie Burchill

'I'm sick of breaking bimbos - it's no fun, no challenge. Strong, hard career girls - they're the new filet mignon of females. Girls like you. Oh, I'm going to have fun breaking you, Susan.'

Tobias Pope ruled his communications empire with fear and loathing - his employees feared him and he loathed them. But he may have met his match in Susan Street, the young, beautiful and nakedly ambitious deputy of his latest newspaper acquisition. As they fight, shop and orgy from Soho to Rio and from Sun City to New York City, getting what she wants - the top job - seems so simple. If she doesn't break first.

No taboo is left unbroken, no fantasy left unfulfilled in this shocking exposé of the lengths to which one woman will go become editor of the UK's bestselling tabloid.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (1 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552135585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552135580
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The raunchiest, sleaziest book about journalism I have ever read. --Brian MacArthur, Sunday Times

A sexplicit blockbuster. --Daily Express

Read it and pant. --Elle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Julie Burchill has written more than a dozen books, with the TV adaptation of one of them, Sugar Rush, winning an International Emmy. Her hobbies include spite, luncheon, philanthropy and learning Modern Hebrew. She is married and lives in Brighton. She has been a journalist since the age of 17 and is now 53 years old. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filthy, Naughty Read 29 Jun 2013
By Barb65
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Filthy, Naughty Read, with a huge dollop of humour. This book had me tittering, lots of great one-liners. A real tongue in cheek look at gender roles in the late 80's early 90's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy lay 9 Aug 2013
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It's utter filth, and an absolute page turner.
You'll recognise loads of the characters from the tabloids.
A grubby jackie Collins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Interesting to see what came out of Julie's mind but tedious with the constant references to fashion items and fancy foods.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unbelievably bad 24 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
This wins, hands-down, my nomination for the worst book I have ever read. So bad, so offensive, so crude that I did not donate it to a charity shop, I ripped it apart and threw it in a skip. When she puts in some effort, Julie Burchill can write - but mentions of cashmere tights and a "Pretty Woman" style spending spree are just lazy.
I seriously recommend avoiding this book wherever and whenever possible.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment 11 July 2013
By Densie
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If you skip the very boring sex you'll be left with about 10 pages to read. I did read this when it first came out & vaguely remembered it as more entertaining - it's not. Under a thin guise of the the woman making the decisions it I think it must many men's dream, a woman who allows him to come up with degrading situations & the woman, liberated, says 'oh yes please'. dull, dull, dull!
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2.0 out of 5 stars not for me 10 Jun 2014
By sue
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I just couldn't get in to this book and so really don't no what to say about it and I read a lot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - as expected 4 July 2013
By Keith E
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Just as I expected. This is very good. I kind of expected this to be like this hence I ordered it. I was not wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More twists and turns than the Big Dipper 29 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Rude? Not by half. Messed up twenty something so ambitious she will do anything and she does but then you are left wondering will bad girl cine good and live happily ever after, the book doesn't exactly reveal but gives you a great ride along the way while you try and find out!
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1.0 out of 5 stars So boring
Just a dirty book really.Not even entertaining. Never got halfway through it. The woman has no writing skills. Anybody could write filth, but it doesn't make them a good writer.
Published 5 months ago by ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read.
This book was exactly was I expected and more, all good, arrived well packaged and in perfect condition, ideal read for holiday as in paperback form and lay-mans English!
Published 11 months ago by emsgem1
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
I didn't even finish this book. The main character is highly annoying. It's not believable and not enough escapism if that's what's intended. The erotic writing is poor. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fitzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply awful
Quite simply, this is the worst book I have ever read. It's poorly written, crude, unrealistic (you cannot believe in the story or characters at all) and trashy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars My review on this book!!!
I've been recommend to read this book on holiday so am looking forward to start this the review s have been good to this is also our first book club to read so this will be a very... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alison Parr
1.0 out of 5 stars A little slow getting started
It took a while to get into, it seemed to jump around a lot but it got better half way through.
Published 13 months ago by Nunn
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad.
I read it all but thought about giving up on it several times. Just thought it couldn't get any worse the more I read, maybe improve. Shouldn't have bothered. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kate Vance
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot
Would not recommend this as I didn't expect the horny contents, but hey hoe once started couldn't put it down,
Published 13 months ago by Mervyn N Perriman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as great second time around
I read this when it was originally published, and I have to say apart from the odd comment about Filofaxes and eighties designers it is still as good today as it was back in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Figaro
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