After being left an orphan because of an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, cunning Becky Sharp does everything in her power to succeed. It is fascinating watching her always falling on her feet, no matter who gets hurt in the process. On the other hand, naive Amelia Sedley has always had a sheltered life and she has eyes only for George who barely notices her.
This novel is a modern retelling of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, but here Becky and Amelia meet as contestants of Big Brother, George is an elected (and still arrogant) MP, the Crawleys are a family of actors, and Joseph Sedley owns a power ball company.
Reality shows, actors, gossip, scandals, revenge, and lies - this novel has it all. It is sharp, witty and hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud many times, something that didn’t happened when I read the original Thackeray story. Like the classic novel, I can’t say I liked any of the characters (although I found Amelia more mature and likable towards the end), but their stories kept me entertained and the author’s clean and captivating writing kept me glued from the first to the last page. (NP)
Sarra Manning has penned a contemporary retelling of Vanity Fair with her latest novel, The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp.
The synopsis says: "Becky Sharp has big dreams and no connections. Determined to swap the gutters of Soho for the glamorous, exclusive world behind the velvet rope, Becky will do anything to achieve fame, riches and status.
Whether it's seducing society's most eligible bachelors, or befriending silly debutantes and rich old ladies, Becky Sharp is destined for great things. Because it might be tough at the top but it's worse at the bottom.
From London to Paris and beyond, Becky Sharp is going places - so get the hell out of her way..." The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp is out in September 2018.