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Actress - Anne Enright

Actress - Anne Enright

Title: Actress

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Anne Enright

ISBN:  9781787332065

Weight:  767 g



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Actress by Anne Enright

From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths.

This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah.  It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End.  Katherine’s life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine’s past, or the world’s damage.  As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own.  Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

Actress is about a daughter’s search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives.  A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

Peer & Press Reviews

Actress is a deeply humane, often darkly funny novel about the exercise of power over sexually attractive women.  The grim subject matter is illuminated by Enright’s acute sensitivity to language…  Enright proves, once again, her genius.

Ruth Scurr, Spectator

Enright is quick, knowing, enjoyably sharp…  There are leaps of joy in Actress…  It sparkles with light, rapid, shrugging wit; cliches are skewered in seconds…  The magic of pre-war touring players, holding audiences rapt in country halls, is richly done.

Alexandra Harris, Guardian (book of the week)

Written with all the ingenuity and twisty tautness of a thriller…  [Actess], which vividly recreates the bohemian world of the theatre, is a study of love that is all the more uplifting because it is unsparing…  I read Actress absolutely rapt from cover to cover.

Melanie Phillips, Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Actress
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781787332065
ISBN 10 1787332063
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 264
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 143 x 27mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Hugh Chaloner
Design Suzanne Dean
Jacket photograph Lawrence Schiller / Getty Images

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