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Books: Character Breakdown by Zawe Ashton

Cult heroine Zawe Ashton brings us a unique look at life, work and the absurdities of contemporary life, Ashton has been acting since she was six. She has played many different roles, from ‘cute little girl’ to ‘assassin with attitude’, Oscar Wilde’s Salome to St Trinian’s schoolgirl by way of Fresh Meat’s Vod. (image credit: zawe-ashton-copyright-conor-clinch).

To stay sane, an actress must tread a high-wire between life and art, keep sight of where a character ends and the real person begins. So she doesn’t lose herself completely.

In Character Breakdown, Zawe scrolls through a version of her life. Or is it a version of her art? Or something in between. In it, she encounters glamour, horror, absurdity and questions like: is a life spent more on performance than reality any life at all?

Imprint: Chatto & Windus Published: 04/04/2019 ISBN: 9781784740795 Length: 320 Pages Dimensions: 222mm x 31mm x 144mm Weight: 437g RRP: £16.99

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