Fleabag (NHB Modern Plays)

Author: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781780012926

Category: Drama

Page: 48

View: 418

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's debut play is an outrageously funny but poignant look at responsibility and sexuality in today's young people. Joint Winner, Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award, 2014 Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Fringe, 2013 Off West End Awards Most Promising Playwright, 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Special Commendation, 2014 The Fleabag bites back. A rip-roaring account of some sort of a female living her sort of life, this comic monologue for a female performer won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.
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Chewing Gum Dreams

Author: Michaela Coel

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783195134

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 719

Tracey Gordon, the 67 bus, friendship, sex, UK garage, school, music, teachers, friendship, periods, emergency contraceptive, friendship, raves, tampons, white boys, God, money. Friendship. Aaron, Candice, sex and Connor Jones. Chewing Gum Dreams is a one-woman play that recalls those last days of innocence before adulthood. Written and performed by Michaela Coel, who spent her childhood in Hackney, London, Chewing Gum Dreams won the 2012 Alfred Fagon Award.
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The Fall LP

Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

Author: Guillermo Del Toro,Chuck Hogan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061979236

Category: Fiction

Page: 516

View: 6255

From the authors of the instant New York Times bestseller, The Strain, comes the next volume in one of the most imaginative and frightening thriller series in many, many years Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Centers for Disease Control's team—and the former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian lead a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.
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Galveston

A Novel

Author: Nic Pizzolatto

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439166676

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 9148

From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO crime series True Detective, comes a dark and visceral literary debut set along the seedy wastelands of Galveston. On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss’s crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive. Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come. Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, this powerful, potent, and atmospheric thriller is impossible to put down. Constructed with maximum tension and haunting aftereffect, written in darkly beautiful prose, Galveston announces the arrival of a major new literary talent.
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The World of the Hunger Games

Author: Kate Egan

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545452376

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

View: 3521

The definitive, richly illustrated, full-color guide to all the districts of Panem, all the participants in the Hunger Games, and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen. Welcome to Panem, the world of the Hunger Games. This is the definitive, richly illustrated, full-color guide to all the districts of Panem, all the participants in The Hunger Games, and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen. A must-have for fans of both The Hunger Games novels and the new Hunger Games film.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Pagan Holiday

On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists

Author: Tony Perrottet

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307558909

Category: Travel

Page: 416

View: 7932

The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements—Roman numerals, straight roads—but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt, for the obligatory Nile cruise to the very edge of the empire. And, as Tony Perrottet discovers, the popularity of this route has only increased with time. Intrigued by the possibility of re-creating the tour, Perrottet, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend, sets off to discover life as an ancient Roman. The result is this lively blend of fascinating historical anecdotes and hilarious personal encounters, interspersed with irreverent and often eerily prescient quotes from the ancients—a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire in all its complexity and wonder. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Tragically I Was an Only Twin

The Complete Peter Cook

Author: Peter Cook,William W. Cook

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312318918

Category: Humor

Page: 412

View: 3654

A founding member of the Beyond the Fringe British comedy group collects his career writings, including his satirical journalism pieces for "Private Eye," his monologues, numerous essays, and highlights from his partnership with Dudley Moore.
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The Magicians Trilogy

Author: Lev Grossman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101664908

Category: Fiction

Page: 1280

View: 7122

The entire #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, including The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land, now available in one ebook bundle The Magicians Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of children’s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams may have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined . . . The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination. The Magician King Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real-world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth. The Magician's Land Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical world of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on a final quest to save their beloved world, only to discover a situation far more complex—and far more dire—than anyone had envisioned. Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. His new life takes him back to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Neitherlands, and old friends he thought were lost forever. The Magician’s Land is an intricate and fantastical thriller, and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent conclusion, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern fantasy.
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Love and Other Consolation Prizes

A Novel

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0804176760

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 2413

From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair. “An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history.”—Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home.” The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known—and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he’s always desired. But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love. Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle’s second World’s Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters. Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Praise for Love and Other Consolation Prizes “Exciting . . . [Jamie] Ford captures the thrill of first kisses and the shock of revealing long-hidden affairs.”—Kirkus Reviews “Strong . . . A laudable effort that shines light on little known histories.”—Library Journal “Poignant . . . Vibrantly rendered.”—Booklist “Combining rich narrative and literary qualities, the book achieves a multi-faceted emotional resonance. It is by turns heart-rending, tragic, disturbing, sanguine, warm, and life-affirming. Perceptive themes that run throughout culminate at the end. A true story from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition inspired this very absorbing and moving novel. Highly recommended.”—Historical Novel Society (Editors’ choice) “Ford is a master at shining light into dark, forgotten corners of history and revealing the most unexpected and relatable human threads. . . . A beautiful and enthralling story of resilience and the many permutations of love.”—Jessica Shattuck, author of The Women in the Castle “All the charm and heartbreak of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . . . Based on a true story, Love and Other Consolation Prizes will warm your soul.”—Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls
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Codename Villanelle

The Basis of KILLING EVE, the Hit BBC America TV Series

Author: Luke Jennings

Publisher: Mulholland Books

ISBN: 0316512516

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9369

The breakneck thriller that inspired TV sensation Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh, "unlike any other spy drama you've seen." - Daily Beast Villanelle (a codename, of course) is one of the world's most skilled assassins. A catlike psychopath whose love for the creature comforts of her luxurious lifestyle is second only to her love of the game, she specializes in murdering the world's richest and most powerful. But when she murders an influential Russian politician, she draws a relentless foe to her tail. Eve Polastri (not a codename) is a former MI6 operative hired by the national security services for a singular task: to find and capture or kill the assassin responsible, and those who have aided her. Eve, whose quiet and otherwise unextraordinary life belies her quick wit and keen intellect, accepts the mission. The ensuing chase will lead them on a trail around the world, intersecting with corrupt governments and powerful criminal organizations, all leading towards a final confrontation from which neither will emerge unscathed. Codename Villanelle is a sleek, fast-paced international thriller from an exciting new voice in fiction.
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Apples

Author: Richard Milward,John Retallack

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435650

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 2424

Adapted for stage, Apples is set on a Middlesbrough council estate, this astonishing piece of writing by 23 year old Richard Milward, is an electrifying collision of Irvine Welsh and Virginia Woolf. Streams of poetic, impassioned and often hilarious words pour from five fifteen year olds as they negotiate a world where the adults are absent, drugs are everywhere, sex is desperate and life is both terrifying and thrilling. A dazzling, tragicomic love story of adolescence based on the astonishing debut novel by Richard Milward. Shameless, ruthless and intensely poetic, Apples articulates what it is like to be young. Apples was the winner of the coveted Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The prize is awarded for excellence in the Edinburgh Festival.
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Codex

Author: Lev Grossman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547812507

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 6326

About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organize a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes, a treasure kept locked away for many years and for many reasons. As friends draw Edward into a peculiar and addictive computer game, his obsession deepens as he discovers surprising parallels between the game's virtual reality and the mystery of the codex. An accomplished and entertaining thriller, Codex explores the mysterious power of books in the medieval and modern ages.
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Rooftoppers

Author: Katherine Rundell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442490586

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 277

View: 4731

When authorities threaten to take Sophie, twelve, from Charles who has been her guardian since she was one and both survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to try to find Sophie's mother, and they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers."
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

The TV Writer's Workbook

A Creative Approach To Television Scripts

Author: Ellen Sandler

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307492214

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 9891

Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach. She offers concrete advice on everything from finding a story to getting hired on a current series. Filled with easy-to-implement exercises and practical wisdom, this ingenious how-to handbook outlines the steps for becoming a professional TV writer, starting with a winning script. Sandler explains the difference between “selling” and “telling,” form and formula, theme and plot. Discover: • A technique for breaking down a show style so you’re as close to being in the writing room as you can get without actually having a job there • The 3 elements for that essential Concept Line that you must have in order to create a story with passion and consequence • Mining the 7 Deadly Sins for fresh and original story lines • Sample scripts from hit shows • In-depth graphs, script breakdown charts, vital checkpoints along the way, and much, much more! From the Trade Paperback edition.
Posted in Performing Arts

The Actor and the Target

Author: Declan Donnellan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781559362856

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 287

View: 9624

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Buster Fleabags

Author: Rolf Harris

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 140909488X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 96

View: 5579

'His name was Buster Fleabags. He was my dog, and I was his human.' Of all the animals who have played such an important part of Rolf Harris's life, he loved Buster Fleabags most. The happiest times of Rolf's boyhood in Western Australia were spent with this bouncy little mongrel with the stuck-up ears and the curly tail. Buster swam for hours with Rolf in the river, rode in the basket on the front of his bicycle, and joined in his games. Boy and dog were so devoted to each other that when Buster caught the dreaded disease distemper, Rolf slept in the kennel with him as he slowly nursed him back to health. Buster Fleabags was as much of a character - and a bundle of energy - as his owner, and this is the story of a very special dog.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Doctor Foster: the Scripts

Author: Mike Bartlett

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848425705

Category:

Page: 320

View: 8341

Bartlett's complete scripts for his superb television drama series, winner of Best New Drama at the 2016 National Television Awards. Doctor Gemma Foster is a woman seemingly in control . . . but her life is about to explode. Suspecting her husband of having an affair, Gemma throws herself into an investigation that will propel her, her family, and her patients into chaos.
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Me & Robin Hood

Author: Shôn Dale-Jones

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786822555

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 5040

I first met Robin Hood in the Autumn of 1975, as a seven-year-old boy, and we have been good mates ever since. Recently, he's been going crazy about the direction our world is heading. He can't believe there isn't a bigger reaction to all the madness. This show is his idea. He's convinced we need to change the story of money and share the opportunity some of us have been given if we really want to do something about inequality and the growing gap between rich and poor. In aid of Street Child United.
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The Sound of Broken Glass

A Novel

Author: Deborah Crombie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062201603

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2392

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are on the case in Deborah Crombie’s The Sound of Broken Glass, a captivating mystery that blends a murder from the past with a powerful danger in the present. When Detective Inspector James joins forces with Detective Inspector Melody Talbot to solve the murder of an esteemed barrister, their investigation leads them to realize that nothing is what it seems—with the crime they’re investigating and their own lives. With an abundance of twists and turns and intertwining subplots, The Sound of Broken Glass by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie is an elaborate and engaging page-turner.
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The Odd Couple

A Comedy in Three Acts

Author: Neil Simon

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573613319

Category: Drama

Page: 102

View: 5256

Two poker buddies, one a hyper-neurotic, the other an incurable slob, suddenly find themselves bachelors again and decide to share a New York City apartment.
Posted in Drama