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Ambition Hardcover – 6 Jul 1989

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd (6 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370312929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370312927
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,598,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Burchill writes like Zola on speed -- Richard Heller Mail on Sunday A really rude, really naughty book Spectator 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 the 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 the Paperback edition.


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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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There are readers that will love this...It is akin to 50 shades of grey (only written better), and as such should appeal to those types that love that kind of book. Having said that, it is not to my taste, and I hated the constant reference (several times on almost every page) to designer labels...but of course this is only my personal view.
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This is a deliberately outrageous book designed to point out the horrors of the yuppy culture of the time. It would shock your maiden aunt!

Burchill is a marmite person, you either hate her or love her. She surely can write though and I think she is a useful voice, she says things that others lack the courage to say.
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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 day.
Thoroughly enjoyable, puts 50 shades of grey in the well, shade!
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Having followed Ms Burchills carreer from the early days of NME..Our herione has an "AMBITION" to be a top journilist.
She finds that the male ego, dominated profession means she has only one option to make it ...Sex.
She is offered a chance for her dream job, but with strings attached.
The owner of the paper, gives her 5 tasks of ever increasing sexual complexity. Her Ambition is so strong, she agrees.
Not knowing what she is letting herself into she is taken on a venture aimed at humilating her and exploring how far she will push her sexual behaviour.
She complicates things by falling for his son.
Julie Burchill has a very vivid and erotic imagination.
She has produced a brilliant erotic, trashy story.
A girlfriend took it on holiday and by the end of the week all four of us had read it and found we couldnt put it down.
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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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I received my copy from the publisher and rated it 3.5 stars

Susan Street is ambitious. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, she won't do to get her dream job. She is determined to become the editor of the Sunday Best newspaper. When the book starts it seems that she may have achieved her goal. The current editor is lying in hotel bed where he has spent his last living minutes having sex with her, and if she had a hand in his demise, she's is quick to destroy the evidence before calling in the authorities.

Picture Susan's disappointment when she arrives back in the office only to find that the paper has a new owner and Tobias X Pope has no intention of just giving the editor's job to her, at least not without her fulfilling a few of his demands. Pope will set Susan six tasks, all devised to break her. If she completes all of them, the job will be hers. If she breaks before she has come to the end of the last task, she will have lost everything.

Susan Street is ambitious. She's come from nowhere and has done whatever happened to be necessary to make it as far as she has, and she has no intention of giving up on her dream now, regardless of what the price might be. And so she allows Pope to take her on a depraved journey, designed to humiliate and destroy her. From a tattoo parlour in London, to Rio and from Sun City, via New York to Thailand, Susan submits to all sorts of deprived sexual acts, keeping her eye on the prize all the time.

The rest of Susan's life refuses to sit on the backburner while she working on her career though. The relationship with the man she's living with goes from indifferent to worse, she falls in love and lust with Pope's son and rivals and enemies old and new are determined to destroy her any whichever way they can.
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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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