It tells the story of the ambitious if unimaginatively named Susan Street and her efforts to become a newspaper editor. To achieve her goal she is set a number of tasks by a press magnate. These involve her flying around the world to have sex with a large number of men and women while he looks on. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for books. Please help to establish notability by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention.
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This is the story of Susan Street's fight for the top job, and an examination of modern female aspirations. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 1st by Corgi first published January 1st More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 2. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Ambition. Jun 26, Sarah Place rated it it was ok. A strange book from start to finish! I found it hard to get into the story as it did not seem to flow. I almost gave up on it but it did get better as the story went on.
It then started to make more sense. I did not know what was going to happen next and that's one thing I liked about the book. I did not expect the ending. Overall im very glad a read the book. I received my copy from the publisher through Nudge and rated it 3. Susan Street is ambitious. She is determined to become the editor of the Sunday Best newspaper. When the book starts it seems that she may have achieved her goal. Pope will set Susan six tasks, all devised to break her. If she completes all of them, the job will be hers.
If she breaks before she has come to the end of the last task, she will have lost everything. And so she allows Pope to take her on a depraved journey, designed to humiliate and destroy her. From a tattoo parlour in London, to Rio and from Sun City, via New York to Thailand, Susan submits to all sorts of deprived sexual acts, keeping her eye on the prize all the time. A happy ending seems unlikely. Except that there really is nothing in this book that resembles the Fifty Shades book.
This book is nothing like a romance. In fact it is quite the opposite of a romantic tale. While there is a lot of quite shocking sex in this book there is a distinct lack of intimacy and romance. There is absolutely no doubt what sort of a man Tobias X Pope is. He fires Susan seconds after throwing a glass of water over her chest only to call her that evening and offer her the job back.
What do you mean, playing her? One of the great virtues! Susan is not just ambitions; she is ambition personified. She has no shame and no scruples when it comes to achieving her goals. There are one or two occasions when it seems like things like morals and friendship might halt her progress but her drive to succeed manages to squash such feeble sentiments before she finds herself in real danger of having to give up on her dream.
I found nothing tantalising or exciting in the descriptions of the scenes Susan finds herself in. But then again, that can be said for the rest of the book too.
A reader picking up this book hoping to find a story in which loves brings redemption, or a read that will titillate and excite them will end up disappointed. Read this book as a hard-hitting, well written, at times funny but also shocking portrayal of the lack of morals during the Yuppie era, and you have a fascinating experience on your hands. Jul 07, Jules rated it did not like it Shelves: modern-day-fiction , fiction , contemporary-fiction , fluff-and-stuff. Back in the nineties and the noughties this was, I admit, one of the many books I regretted not reading.
This was, I also will admit, one of the books I tried to track down in the many antiquarian bookstores I visited in Dickensian old city backwaters across England during my student days. I regretted and harrumphed that I had lost the reading experience of a book that had gone out of print.
And now, after catching up with a re-issue way hey! I ask myself why I was so bothered back then and be Back in the nineties and the noughties this was, I admit, one of the many books I regretted not reading. I ask myself why I was so bothered back then and beyond. Begs the question why I was so keen to read in the first place and answering frankly I just love Julie Burchill for her acidic wit and big-dosed deliveries of directness.
The female protagonist Susan Street is a heartless and not particularly talented wannabe newspaper editor who is prepared to do anything to reach her ultimate goal in life no matter who gets screwed on the way both figuratively and literally speaking.
Are any of her characters happy with their fame, great clothes, gadgets and exquisite brands and surroundings? The characters in this book are so blown-up and blown away from reality for them and the book to be taken seriously at all. I had a long-time whim to read this book and catch up with what I thought I was missing out on. Ready for some finer wines now ……. I don't know about other readers out there but for me a read about ambition is simply amazing!
It truly is a thrill to read how one person sets their mind towards a goal and then to see how and what they will do to reach it. Granted some of the things people do are not always glamorous or even legal but they have their own set of reasons and as for the outside world, well the person could care less what the world thinks of them.
In this read it tells of the ambitions within a newspaper empire by I don't know about other readers out there but for me a read about ambition is simply amazing! In this read it tells of the ambitions within a newspaper empire by a very outspoken journalist.
The story focuses on the main character Susan Street's fight to get the top job and how she proves woman are not to be underestimated, any job a man can do we can do just as well! The read started out kind of slow but got going around chapter three, but then suddenly it all went flat.
The plot was not brilliant and at most time a little confusing as it did not really stay in line, one minute this would be happening and the next the entire scene would be gone and the author has you in a whole new place, without it really feeling like she ended the previous slots.
This was as I said a little confusing and did not make sense and as reader I felt a little lost but if hot sex is what you are into this read is the one for you! But yes basically that is all there is, with just the slightest of hint of what the author was really trying to make the read about, just how crazy ambition can make us all and I do mean anyone even the most normal person in the world can go from am average to look out world I am after domination and am taking it!
All readers have different tastes and therefore I will leave it up to you to decide if you want to step into a world where a book is filled with good and classy sex, but you do not care to much about the plot. A good naughty read. Susan Street is the youngest ever female newspaper editor in the world. Susan gives Charles Anstey a sexual performance when his heart couldnt take any more and he dies. Susan Street tells the police of charles medical history that Charles had two small heart attacks before she met him.
Lots of things happen in this story that are not just about Susan Streets affair with Charles Anstey. Aug 02, Isobel rated it it was ok. I picked up this book in a church sale in Lincolnshire a few weeks ago! A review on Amazon described it as semi-porn and I have to agree. An improbable story with convenient deaths to sort the plot out fitted around very detailed steamy encounters of all kinds!
Aug 30, Morv rated it really liked it Shelves: sexual. A really steamy story to read, if you want proper sex in your books and a plot that doesn't always make sense but who cares if the sex is good, this is for you.
Ambition by Julie Burchill. Still v.rude and raunchy with a power to shock 24 years on.
No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf. By peter on 7th May Oh the excitement in the office when we heard that Ambition was being reissued 24 years on from its original publication. This rude, raunchy, sleazy, addictively readable, guilty pleasure still has the power to shock and as Julie Burchill says herself 'it makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like Anne of Green Gables'. Lovereading got the chance to ask Julie a few questions about her debut novel 24 years on - and you can read them below - but be warned her answers are pretty direct as you would expect! Ambition is now being seen as a progenitor for books like 50 Shades of Grey and the whole Mummy porn genre - what is your view? Whereas my heroine, Susan Street, is extremely tough.