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The Seductions of Lucy Foster [Kindle Edition]

Tony Garnett
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Book Description

Love is dangerous – those who cannot love see to that.

Lucy Foster, still in her thirties, is an internet millionaire.
She is a connoisseur of exploitation and manipulation,
of what is so and what seems to be so. She can
even turn people into successful brands. With her
magic, you can convince the world that you are who
you want to be.

But wealth and power and sex cannot assuage her
loneliness. She needs to love, not just to be loved.
Can she dare? The path she takes is shocking.
It could destroy her. It might redeem her and restore
her humanity.

This is a story of love and its absence. Those who love
are easy prey for those who cannot love. For them,
power is love’s substitute. They own the world, but it is
empty of meaning.

Product Details

  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608609901
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eloquent Books (January 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036RTYGU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy, sexy and thought provoking March 29, 2010
Review of "The Seduction of Lucy Foster" by Tony Garnett

An intriguing insight into private sexual fantasies and how one self-made, successful, beautiful business woman, turned her fantasies into reality.

Sexy, manipulating and powerful, Lucy Foster uses her impressive attributes to achieve her objectives in business and to fill the void of loneliness in an otherwise busy and fulfilling working life.

A thought provoking book that will have readers turning the pages, and perhaps examining their own fantasies, as Garnett's insights examine the drives that motivates the characters' behaviors.

An entertaining and thought provoking story. - Carol Day, Author of "Sahara to Shame" and "Secret Lives."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dangerous love life of Lucy Foster July 10, 2010
It's not easy for a man fully understand and discover the feminine universe. However, Tony Garnett, as the good writer he is, did it. The Seduction of Lucy Foster is just a trip in a very peculiar woman's mind. We are in London, England, and Lucy Foster, the heroine of this book, is a very professional woman of her days. She is a successful entrepreneur and was elected Woman of The Year 2005. Owner of the Mayfairlife company in the central Berkeley Square, she believes only in her own personal interest. Even all the human beings who have some connection with her, are manipulated by her. So it's Bernie, hidden gay working for her, who feels a lot of affection towards Lucy. However, he knows also how cynical Lucy can be.
Lucy needs to share love with somebody. After all, she's just a woman. The problem is that Lucy doesn't like to have a love affair with somebody. It was too much complicated. So she bought Jim, a young man, hired to be her private sex slave. Jim must be available 24 hours a day, just when she needs him. No matter what Jim feels emotionally speaking, after all she needed only a man in her bed.
Then Lucy tries to go up in society. And she makes Lord Eddie Blayne, a man in his seventies, widow by sometimes, to fall in love with her. At a certain point, she decided to have a baby: Jim will be the natural father, but she will say to Eddie the baby is his. Then Eddie married Lucy, but the faith is behind the corner. The name of the game is her mother Eileen, mentally insane, who hides a mysterious secret. And will be that secret, revealed to Lucy just by case, that will change for ever Lucy's life. If you need a book that will attract your attention from the first to the last page, this is the right one for you. The psychological portraits of all characters are really well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deceptively easy read! November 16, 2010
On one level this is a very simple novel, written in an attractive, easy to read style: the kind of novel one would take to the beach, non demanding and fun.
Indeed it starts like that, as chick-lit. Then it deepens and ventures into much darker waters. Lucy Foster, reveals herself as a ruthlessly ambitious, single minded, selfish bitch who thinks she can arrange her love life as efficiently as she manipulates her business life. Indeed, in a number of sexually explicit sequences, we see her at work. The problem for the victim is that he falls in love, he is enslaved: she is the puppeteer, enjoying the sex and the power, but emotionally detached.
When she meets an older man and we see that he is much more sophisticated than she is, we realise what the book is really telling us: that those who can love are victims, at the mercy of those who cannot love. This transfer of power makes the lover vulnerable and the powerful safe, but lonely.
The novel digs deeper as this power play unfolds and what is revealed shocks Lucy and the reader. Her reaction is extreme and dangerous, but out of it she achieves some redemption.
This is a moral book dealing with immorality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An English Page Turner December 4, 2010
As I started this novel I thought that it could only have come out of England, which has a long history of comedies of manners, which is obsessed with the minutiae of class difference, and the difficulties faced by the ambitions upwardly mobile. It does not disappoint. There is a wealth of closely observed detail. The clothes, shops, cars and habits of different social classes are wittily observed; classes of people living physically near to each other, yet actually planets apart. The surgical examination of all these surface conceits is light and amusing.
But then the knife goes deeper and one's amusement turns into something more serious. The sexy entertainment confronts the reader with the ruthless underpinning of this world and asks deep moral questions. The cold, successful, ambitious Lucy Foster - such an attractive bitch - faces truths which challenge her to the core. She is hung with her own petard. She takes a terrible revenge and is almost undone.
This piece of fun ends by asking fundamental questions.
It will seduce you, and then shock you.
Be warned.
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More About the Author

Tony Garnett was born in Birmingham, UK, and read psychology at University College, London where he spent most of his tme acting in the Drama Society and on television. Describing himself as a Jack of all trades, helping to make dramatic fiction for the scren, he has had a varied career as an actor, sript editor, screenwriter, director and producer.
He began as an actor, appearing in The Boys and a wide selection of television dramas from Z cars to David Mercer's Nuclear Disarmament trilogy. From 1964 to 1969 he worked on The Wednseday Play and produced many films for the BBC, including Cathy Come Home. He continued his collaboration with Ken Loach with The big Flame, After a Lifetime, Family Life, Days of Hope and the Price of Coal. He also produced and co-wrote Kes, from Barry Hines' novel A Kestrel for a Knave.
In addition he introduced MIke Leigh with Hard Labour, GF Newman with Law and Order and Roland Joffe's first film, The Spongers.
He produced, wrote and directed Prostitute in 1979 and Handgun in 1981.
In Hollywood in the eighties he produced work as varied a Earth Girls Are Easy, the Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird and The Shadowmakers,with Paul Newman, directed by Roland Joffe.
In 1990 he returned to London, bringing to the screen many single films and drama sreies, including Ballykissangel, Between the Lines and This Life.
He has also had a prestigious academic career as Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway College, London University and lecturing at many other Universities, with doctorates from London, Reading and Birmingham Universites.
The Seductions of Lucy Foster is his first novel.He is finishing his second, reading indulgently and avidly following the fortunes of his soccer team, Aston Villa.
The second novel, "Marine Ices", will be published early in 2011. It is very different from the first. "Lucy Foster" described how destructive a world without love can be, how powerful are those who cannot love and how vulnerable that makes those who do love. It used sexual power as a metaphor of class politics. "Marine Ices" is about the positive power of love, how it grows in unlikely soil and how life giving it is. This is a positive book about belonging, of finding yourself in family and commitment. It deals with love and hate in politics, but is more about the political temperament, spanning three generations from the early Sixties to the Twenty First Century, and taking the leading character from Santa Monica to London and to Yorkshire as she learns who she is.


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