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'A fabulous book: the nearest thing to 19th-century chick lit' Daily Express'Deserves its spot in... Read More

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'A fabulous book: the nearest thing to 19th-century chick lit' Daily Express'Deserves its spot in the top 10 if only for the wonderful Becky Sharp' Sarah WatersAutumn 2018: a major new ITV series from the producers of Poldark, Victoria and And Then There Were None, starring Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One)William Makepeace Thackeray was born on 18 July 1811 in Calcutta in India. After studying at Trinity College Cambridge he worked as a journalist and studied Art in London and Paris. In 1836 he married Isabella Shawe and they went on to have three daughters, one of whom died in infancy. He first found literary success with The Yellowplush Papers in 1837 and went on to write other works such asThe FitzBoodle Papers, Catherine, The Luck of Barry Lyndon and The Snobs of England before he published his masterpiece, Vanity Fair, in 1847. William Makepeace Thackeray died on Christmas Eve in 1863.

'I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year'


Becky Sharp is a poor orphan when she first makes friends with the lovely Amelia Sedley at Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies. She may not have the natural advantages of her companion but she more than makes up for it with her wit, charm, deviousness and determination to make a success of herself in the world, whatever the cost. Vanity Fair is the story of anti-hero Becky's spectacular rise and fall as she gambles, manipulates and seduces her way through high society against the backdrop of Waterloo and the Napoleonic wars.

The only English novel which...challenges comparison with War and PeaceThe best thing he ever wrote - sharp, brilliant, touching, clever and cruel, with an unforgettable heroineWitty, sexy, sandy-haired Becky Sharp, whose impoverished background explains her hunger for rich men and high position. She is a rebel from the very first chapter of Thackeray's Vanity Fair. Her one final act of kindness derives from her constant virtue: seeing things as they areA terrific book - bold, funny, scathing and quite unpredictableBecky Sharp may be one of literature's great schemers, but she's also one of its most memorable and entertaining. More rounded than almost all the simpering Victorian dolls who followed, she alone is worth the read

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Title: Vanity Fair
Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
SKU: BK0022018
EAN: 9780099518938
Language: English

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