The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp
Beautiful, brilliant, ruthless – nothing can stop Becky Sharp.
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, r...more
Manning skewers contemporary life through Becky’s Instagram fam ...more
I found the name dropping of products a little tiresome and found the 'head hopping' in places rather distracting. It may be petty but it also really annoyed me that ...more
I'm not sure how much I can say I particularly liked the characters or Becky herself but I was intrigued by them and with the authors clever writing, I certainly wanted to continue seeing how the story would play out. I love books where there is scandal, rich peo ...more
Sarra Manning is an author and journalist and is currently Literary Editor with Red magazine. Her latest novel, The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp, is described as ‘a savagely funny, 21st century remix of Vanity Fair’ and has just been published with Harper Collins.
Having never read the original Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, I w ...more
This story follows Becky Sharp - a runner up on Big Brother, nanny, Instagram influencer to eventually become a philanthropist. But Becky worked hard for all of this - or did she? Relying only on herself, that is until she senses a chance and someone with more money... or another someone, with even more money? Using other people or simply being ambitious? I haven't read the original "Vanity Fair" so I am probably in the minority that won't be comparing those two books, and also I didn't recognis ...more
BUT this was a fairly faithful modern day adaption of Vanity Fair and I was impressed with that. It’s a fairly tough book to adapt for modern audiences and it was done well.
The book gets an extra star for being a strong interpretation of the original text, but as a modern story it isn’t perfect. ...more
This is such a fun, humorous novel which is extremely relevant to today's social-media, celebrity-obsessed world, but with an extra layer of bite - Becky is no silly airhead. She's mean, conniving and completely harsh in her treatment of other people to get to where to wants to be... and I both hated and sort-of-loved-her for it!
This is one of those novels that are perfect for when you want something that's easy to read but not too light and fluffy. The story j ...more
I was sold on this the second I saw the title, because I've been trash for Vanity Fair since the BBC miniseries aired in Australia in 1999. I love scheming Becky Sharp, I love to hate George Osborne, I have an unnatural soft spot for wet blanket Amelia Sedley and mooning clumsy William Dobbin. And I don't think Thackeray's satirical assessment of nineteenth century society gets anywhere near the love it deserves.
So the second ...more
Fast, always funny and very readable, I thoroughly enjoyed it and by the end I was more than a little in love with our fascinating perennial anti-heroine, Miss Becky Sharp.
'But you've never met the woman. if you had then - '
'I've met enough strong, ambitious women who'd be admired and promoted a hell of a lot quicker if they were men. But because they have tits and two X chromosomes, they get called bitches instead,'
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In Sara Manning’s retelling she tackles the contemporary lifestyles of those who seek fame and fortune via reality shows and Instagram (rather than high society balls and marrying up).
It’s hilariously funny and sarcastically tongue in cheek at times. It’d be perfect for fans of Keris Stainton or Holly Bourne.
I have a couple of confessions. Firstly, I have never been able to read Vanity Fair as I found Becky Sharp so intensely irritating I never finished it so that I am unable to make any comparisons with Thackery’s narrative and secondly I thought the first chapter to The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp was going to lead to a contrived retelling of someone else’s ideas. I was wrong. I think I got off o ...more
The Audible version breezed by me, I could have listened to it in one go if life (children, school runs, etc) would have let me. Having read Vanity Fair more than a decade ago, the language, characters, etc. weren't vividly clear, but I could recall a lot of the plot and protagonists from Manning's new take on the story.
It's brilliant. A totally recognisable social media and reality TV world sees ...more
Becky Sharp is an orphan, "cared" for since her parents death by her father's old drinking buddy, Barbara Pinkerton who is also an agent. The book starts with Becky in the final two at the Big Brother house, alongside privileged bankers daughter, Amelia Sedley. On leaving the house, ...more
The author has captured the essence of Beck ...more
Becky brilliantly toes the line between being an awful human being and someone I want to hug. Bonus points for her getting the perfect ending. She uses people and lets them use her without shame and I often wasn't sure if I should be rooting for or against her. A really 10/10 character.
A few minor gripes which is why I haven't rated it as highly as some of Manning's other books. Abrupt change in ...more
If you like following celebrities on social media and avidly read magazines to catch up with what they're up to then this is the book for you.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publi ...more
Sarra is now editor of What To Wear magazine. She's also been ...more