Judy Nunn’s Showtime! Deserves a Standing Ovation: Read Our Review

Judy Nunn’s Showtime! Deserves a Standing Ovation: Read Our Review

Judy Nunn’s latest bestselling novel will take you from the cotton mills of England to the magnificent theatres of Melbourne, on a scintillating journey through the golden age of Australian showbusiness.

In the second half of the 19th century, Melbourne is a veritable boomtown, as hopefuls from every corner of the globe flock to the goldfields of Victoria. And where people crave gold, they also crave entertainment.

Enter stage right: brothers Will and Max Worthing and their wives Mabel and Gertie. The family arrives from England in the 1880s with little else but the masterful talents that will see them rise from simple travelling performers to sophisticated entrepreneurs.

Enter stage left: their rivals, Carlo and Rube. Childhood friends since meeting in a London orphanage, the two men have literally fought their way to the top and are now producers of the bawdy but hugely popular ‘Big Show Bonanza’. The fight for supremacy begins.

With Showtime!, Judy Nunn is returning to her roots, in more ways than one. Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, were set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre, and film. There she began a career as a bestselling author, selling over a million books in Australia alone. But long before Nunn put pen to paper, she trod the boards. Her first professional theatre job was at age twelve, at The Playhouse Theatre in Perth. It was the start of a long, successful theatre career, both here and overseas. In the opening pages of Showtime!, Nunn says that theatre was always, and still is, her first love as a performer. It is this love, this passion, and certainly her decades of real-life experience that shine on every single page of this novel. It’s a showstopper!

Showtime! has all the hallmark qualities Nunn’s readers love: polished writing, a cast of fascinating characters, and great storytelling. Once again, she merges fiction with fact, making her one of our foremost historical novelists. Waiting in the wings of Showtime! are comedy, tragedy, passion, and betrayal; economic depression, the Black Death, and the horrors of WWI. It is unputdownable – her best novel yet – and I tore through all 500-plus pages.

Judy Nunn is one of Australia’s great entertainers, on screen, on stage, and on the page. Showtime! deserves a standing ovation. Encore, please!

Buy a copy of Showtime! here. 

Reviews

A Total Showstopper: Read an Extract from Judy Nunn’s Showtime!

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30 September 2021

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        Publisher details

        Showtime!
        Author
        Judy Nunn
        Publisher
        Penguin
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        28 September, 2021
        ISBN
        9781761042539

        Synopsis

        In the second half of the 19th century, Melbourne is a veritable boom town, as hopefuls from every corner of the globe flock to the gold fields of Victoria.And where people crave gold, they also crave entertainment.Enter stage right: brothers Will and Max Worthing and their wives Mabel and Gertie. The family arrives from England in the 1880s with little else but the masterful talents that will see them rise from simple travelling performers to sophisticated entrepreneurs.Enter stage left: their rivals, Carlo and Rube. Childhood friends since meeting in a London orphanage, the two men have literally fought their way to the top and are now producers of the bawdy but hugely popular ‘Big Show Bonanza’. The fight for supremacy begins.
        Judy Nunn
        About the author

        Judy Nunn

        Judy Nunn’s career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose. Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became instant bestsellers, and the rest is history, quite literally in fact. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historically-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish. Her subsequent bestsellers, Kal, Beneath the Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga,Tiger Men,Elianne, Spirits of the Ghan, Sanctuary and Khaki Town confirmed Judy’s position as one of Australia’s leading fiction writers. She has now sold over one million books in Australia alone. In 2015 Judy was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her "significant service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author."

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