A letter from Barbara Ewing

  

A letter from Barbara Ewing

Barbara Ewing is a UK-based actress, playwright and novelist. She trained as an actress at RADA and has starred in film and TV, including Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) alongside Christopher Lee. Her novel, The Actresses, has just been reissued by Head of Zeus.
 
Dear Readers, 
 
The odd thing about The Actresses (reprinted now all over the world after twenty-one years) is that it seems so relevant to the present moment, with all the revelations about Hollywood and show business, revelations that are also relevant to other professions around the world today.
 
But, when I wrote The Actresses, I was trying to write about how actresses became irrelevant when they were no longer young (this was affecting my own career at the time). I was trying to write a true story about actresses’ lives, to tell it like it really was, so of course all the stories about powerful, unscrupulous producers and directors, and desperate, ambitious performers, are all there, in the book.
 
And so, somewhat to my surprise, here it is again, reprinted, unchanged, only with a new ‘daring’ cover, an older woman on the cover of a book!  The Actresses, was once a typed manuscript so difficult to find a publisher for – “what, a novel about middle-aged women?”  Then, when it did find a publisher, it became a surprising bestseller.
 
Actresses are, after all, simply a metaphor for women in general, and I think we are in the middle of a new revolution. 
 
And if that sounds a bit heavy – it is also a thriller! I hope you enjoy it.
 
Barbara Ewing 

The Actresses is out now in paperback and ebook.