Charlotte Duckworth’s novel The Rival came out earlier this month in the UK and is also available in the US in ebook format. The Rival is a psychological suspense about ambition, female rivalry, and how far you’d go to get what you want. Ashley comes to work for Helena at a London-based cosmetics company, and is determined to claw her way to the top through a mix of hard work and conniving cattines. We also flash forward to find that Helena, some time later, has lost everything: her job and her baby, and that she blames Ashley for all of it. So what happened in between, and is it really Ashley’s fault?
I spoke to Charlotte Duckworth about her long journey as a writer, her novel and its themes, such as how motherhood changes a woman and often rocks her sense of identity, and about how that plays out against the backdrop of work.
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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:
The Rival, by Charlotte Duckworth
Our Kind of Cruelty, by Araminta Hall
No Further Questions,by Gillian McAllister
Rosie Loves Jack, by Mel Darbon
Help Me!: One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Her Life, by Marianne Power
Dear Mr Pop Star, by Derek and Dave Philpott
The Good Guys: 50 Heroes Who Changed the World with Kindness, by Rob Kemp
Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe
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