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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408821710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408821718
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A warm, sharp read' (Guardian)

'Full of pitch-perfect observation, spiced with wry humour. It is also a terrifically absorbing book, as authentic an evocation of the acting experience as you're ever likely to read' (Observer)

'A fun read with memorable flashes of glamour, inspiration and melancholy' (The Times)

'Wonderfully entertaining, with a vivid cast of characters, all of whom are utterly believable' (Tatler)

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A captivating new novel about the world of acting from the acclaimed author of Hideous Kinky and Love Falls

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. Mensah on 13 May 2011
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As an actor in training myself, I found it enjoyable to read because it was like reading about people I actually know. Freud captures the actor's struggle in a clever, funny and sensitive way. I will recommend it to my mother because I think she still thinks all we do is sit around reading plays to each all day, acomplishing nothing. I've been waiting for this kind of book to surface!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ennio Piantato on 5 Jan. 2013
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Too fragmented, this novel is a sort of mosaic where the "tesserae" are too separated and I found difficult to follow the stories in it.
I feel disappointed: I have appreciated Ms Freud in her previous novels, but this has not been a pleasure, rather an exercise for my memory to try to recollect when and where a character had appeared and who was who.
Pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KPSW on 25 April 2012
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I read this book in 2 sittings (which is unusual for me as I am a slow reader). Not because I was so riveted that I couldn't put it down, but because I was waiting for something interesting to happen. The subsequent discussion at my book club revealed that I was not alone in this assessment and we all agreed that it lacked a certain spark or emotional interest. Not a bad book, but a bit dull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goth lady on 4 Sept. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, although having read the comment that Esther Freud originally wrote a harsher, more cynical version, I concur with the wish that she'd stuck to it! Yes, acting is the best profession on the world, but only for a charmed minority, I suspect. She's very good on how vile Los Angeles is (or can be!), but I'd have liked more about the student years of her characters. I like Esther Freud's work a lot, but I'd suggest anyone coming new to her work should start with 'Hideous Kinky' to get a taste of her at her absolute best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brianpwharton@yahoo.co.uk on 18 July 2011
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First of all let me say that I throughly enjoyed this book, but I would have liked to have read the orginal more cynical draft which Freud produced before showing it to her husband the successful British actor David Morrissey. Apparently she said on BBC news that when she showed him one of her earlier drafts to him he said "You've forgotten to say it's the best job in the world." After which she rewrote it. Yes the acting profession must be one of the best jobs in the world if you are successful, but many people suffer hardship, insecurity, jealousy, depression etc. Freud attempted to cover this in her book, but maybe if she had included some of her own experiences as a struggling actor rather than been influenced by the successes of others it mightn't have been such a light read! Also I would have liked the book to include the experiences of an actor from a working class background in what is basically a middle class profession! Perhaps those looking for a more cynical read should look at Barbara Ewing's The Actresses. Saying all this I would recommend Lucky Break, but there is always room for improvement.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edie Fox on 5 Jun. 2011
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I picked up this book because of its attractive cover; but having read the first page in the bookshop I knew I was going to love it. 'Lucky Break' is really easy reading and I finished it within 24 hours of buying it (which for me, with three young children on half term holidays, is super speedy). It has a televisual quality, and I enjoyed the highs and lows of the three main protagonists as they arrive at drama school and the subsequent years that follow their successes and failures. Whilst superficially having a "chic-lit" plot, the novel gives depth to its characters, raising it above the usual romantic fodder: thoroughly recommended.
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This is a bit of an odd book. It works, in itself, but I can't help feeling like it could have been so much more. The back cover blurb gives the impression that it's going to be the story of the students at drama school (the unconvincingly named 'Drama Arts'), but the student period only takes up a small part of the book. Freud creates very convincing characters, but unfortunately there are too many of them for us to be able to spend any decent period of time with any one character. As a result, the reader is left wanting more each time a chapter ends and the focus switches to someone else. It feels a bit like flicking between a couple of very good movies on different channels; each time you switch to a new one, you miss a huge chunk of the other stories. I wanted to know more about each of the characters and felt quite let down at the end that I hadn't been able to.
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