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Sharp satirical, unconventional memoir about modern life from rising, non-conformist British star

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Zawe Ashton is an actress, playwright and director who started acting at the age of six. Her portrayal of Vod in Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's Fresh Meat won her a cult following and the diversity of her work across television, film and stage has attracted numerous accolades. Recent credits include the BBC/Netflix TV series Wanderlust, the Netflix feature film Velvet Buzzsaw and Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Her play for all those women who thought they were Mad will be staged for the first time this year. She lives in London.


A very great book
A smart, funny and well-written take-down of modern showbiz -- Elizabeth Day * Mail on Sunday *
Smart, funny, vivid, honest, dark, timely * The Times *
An entertaining and original memoir touching on career, life and identity. It is an enjoyable read, despite the humiliating tales of auditions or filming situations where she is physically assessed, objectified or subject to casual racism. Understandably there is an undertone of rage in her keen observations -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer *
Character Breakdown embraces darkness while also being a wickedly absurd look at modern show business * Stylist *

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