We round up the reviews for Anne Enright’s latest novel…

The Guardian: “There are leaps of joy in Actress, for all its darkness. It sparkles with light, rapid, shrugging wit; cliches are skewered in seconds, and thespian types are affectionately set in motion to carry on chatting in the margins.”

The Observer: “This novel achieves what no real actor’s memoir could. There is an understanding about not understanding what makes a great actor (although Norah touches on the stillness at the heart of some great performances).”

The Telegraph: ***** “Anne Enright is the Irish author of six novels, including the Booker-winning The Gathering and The Green Road. Those excellent novels were about large, troubled families; Enright’s seventh, Actress, is about a small, troubled family.”

Evening Standard: “It’s a good read in the sense of a story well told, but not in the sense that you really must find out what happens next; if you want a novel that’s compelling rather than elegiac, this isn’t it.”

The Times: “There’s nothing that Hollywood loves better than the biography of a star written from the perspective of someone who grew up in their shadow. A memoir such as Mommie Dearest (1978) by Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter, Christina, which chronicles her upbringing in such savage detail that by the end of the book Joan has become both more and less than an image projected on to a movie screen 50ft high. Horribly fleshed out, she has also been ruthlessly cut down to size.”

TLS.co.uk: “Actress is a tour de force of half-concealed effects and slow-burning revelations that splutter suddenly into flame.”

New Statesman: “Anne Enright’s puzzling new novel is a counterblast against reductive thinking that struggles to offer a satisfying rival vision.”

Actress is available to buy now.

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