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'Entertaining...revealing, shocking' BERNARDINE EVARISTO
'Sublime' CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS
Actor and director Zawe Ashton brings us a unique look at life, work and the absurdities of today's world
Zawe 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.
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?
'Smart, funny, vivid, honest, dark, timely' The Times
'A smart, funny and well-written take-down of modern showbiz' Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail
Selected by Bernardine Evaristo as one her 20 books by Black British Womxn Writers
"An entertaining and original memoir touching on career, life and identity. It is an enjoyable read, despite the humiliating tales of auditions or filming situations where she is physically assessed, objectified or subject to casual racism. Understandably there is an undertone of rage in her keen observations"