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Barbara Ewing

The Actresses

 

 

A class reunion at a London drama school in the 1990s triggers a series of dramatic events that leads to a celebrity court case in the Old Bailey, and shows the successes and the failures - and the past and the memories - of a group of famous (and not-so-famous) actors and actresses.

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REVIEWS

“This is an excellent account of the late middle-aged antics of the class of ’59...a terrific insight into actors’ childish psyches. Ewing understands the different kinds of love and friendship, and the denouement on a Hawaiian island is pure Jilly Cooper.” SUNDAY TIMES 
 
 
“..excellent..Ewing, herself an actress, weaves a plot as complex as fair-isle knitting, darting teasingly between past and present, and fastens off all the threads so that the pattern is satisfyingly complete.”
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“Ms Ewing is herself an actress of distinction, and knows how to create believable yet memorable characters, to evoke place and to tell a story which takes hold of the reader and holds them enthralled - through tears and laughter - from the first page to the last.”
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    The Actresses by [Ewing, Barbara] 

The odd thing about "The Actresses" - reprinted in 2015 after twenty-one years - is that it seems so relevant to today and to all the various stories and revelations about Hollywood and Show Business that have now spread out into many other countries and professions. 
But when I wrote that novel I was trying to write about how actresses became irrelevant when they were no longer young: to write a true story about actresses lives, to tell it like it really was. And so of course all the accounts of powerful, unscrupulous producers and directors, and desperate, ambitious performers, are all there anyway. But: Note the covers: Why are middle-aged women invisible on book covers? - The Guardian
Actresses are, after all, simply a metaphor for women in general. And I think we are in the middle of a new revolution. And if all that sounds too heavy and serious this is just to say: "The Actresses" is also a thriller! 

 

 

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