Ambition Hardcover – 6 Jul 1989
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Thoroughly enjoyable, puts 50 shades of grey in the well, shade!
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.
I seriously recommend avoiding this book wherever and whenever possible.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought I'd read this again. I read this way back and thought he it's alright, read it a second time loved it its worth a read . Takes a bit get into but it is a good read..Published 5 days ago by sutty
Great retro bonkbuster. Susan Street is a brilliant anti heroine. I love Julie Burchill's humour and bitchiness.Published 10 months ago by Hilary Mortz
I just couldn't get in to this book and so really don't no what to say about it and I read a lotPublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by sue
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 on 23 Mar. 2014 by ellen
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 on 16 Sept. 2013 by emsgem1
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 morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by Fitzy
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 morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by Sarah