Becky (Hardback)
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Becky (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages
Published: 26/01/2023
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Waterstones Says

Channelling her inner Thackeray, Sarah May delivers a scalpel-sharp, viciously funny slice of social comedy fit for our time, as a ruthless newspaper woman in 1990s London fights her way to the upper echelons of society, sowing scoop-riddled chaos in her wake.

Becky Sharp is determined. Determined to get away from the dead-end town where she grew up, determined to make a place for herself in high society and determined to reach the top of the career ladder. And she doesn't care how many lives she ruins in the process.

Set in 90s tabloid era London, Becky charts the rise and fall of a very modern heroine as she inveigles her way into the highest society, where tabloid millionaires mingle and trade favours and fortunes with royalty and aristocracy, pushes her way up through the ranks at the Mercury newspaper with manipulative scoop after scoop, and eventually orchestrates her own dramatic downfall. These are some of the biggest news stories and scandals of the last few decades, and Becky seems to have something to do with every one of them...

In this viciously funny, darkly entertaining and ultimately moving read, the much-loved classic Vanity Fair finds itself in 90s London, and Becky couldn't be a more perfect fit.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529066913
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 532 g
Dimensions: 225 x 146 x 43 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The luscious draw of the Nineties glitz, the scandal of the press, and the tangibly descriptive jeopardy throughout makes this a true page-turner - The Independent

Addictive reading, [Becky's] darkness provid[es] welcome relief in these over-bright times - The Irish Times

A keenly observed portrait of elite society which skewers snobbery, sexism and celebrity culture . . . A page-turning blockbuster which pulls off its bold premise with panache - Apple Books

Rattles along very enjoyably, as talented Becky sucks up to celebrities and royalty then exploits them ruthlessly for her own ends - The Gloss Magazine

Becky is Sarah May’s sparkling tribute to William Thackeray’s classic novel Vanity Fair . . . entertaining and fast-paced - Daily Express

A scalpel-sharp, visciously funny slice of social comedy fit for our time - Northampton Chronicle

Becky by the supremely talented Sarah May is spiky, clever, funny and dark . . . I’m riveted - Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

A brilliant, propulsive novel crafted with just the kind of roaring wit and striking precision Thackeray himself would commend. Becky is a riot, and Sarah May is a genius - Maddie Mortimer, author of Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

A delicious gallop through 90s tabloid London - Sam McAlister, author of Scoops

A supple, witty take on the tabloid world and on Vanity Fair - Jo Baker, author of Longbourn

Sharp, brutally funny, coruscating . . . Becky by Sarah May is . . . a tonic - Sam Baker

Clever and timely . . . fascinating on the media and power - Terry Stiastny, author of Acts of Omission

Becky is a darling of the red tops, and a champion of stolen girls. Set against the backdrop of Princess Diana's death, phone tapping scandals and the dripping hot excitement of nineties Britain, Becky is as close to unputdownable as a book could be - Anna Jean Hughes

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“Becky by Sarah May”

Becky by Sarah May is a debut novel by the author and it is set in the mid nineties tabloid era London.Becky wants it all and wants the success as editor of one of the major newspapers of the times. Where the... More

Hardback edition
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“No scruples here”

A book about some nasty selfish people that think nothing of profiteering from other people's misery for their own gain. No likeable characters, but a brutally honest view of how the media can get totally out of... More

Hardback edition
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Kid Ferrous

“Becky is a very horrible person. If you like stories about horrible people, you will enjoy “Becky”.”

“Becky” is like a modern retelling of “Vanity Fair “, which I haven’t read, but it isn’t required to read that book in order to read this story. The story unfolds in two different eras - 1980 and 2012 - telling the... More

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