One Million Tiny Plays about Britain

Author: Craig Taylor

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408838257

Category: Dialogues, English

Page: 213

View: 7431

A Wonder Woman and bride-to-be finds herself worse for wear at the end of a hen night; a funeral director's love of Manchester United proves unhelpful when talking to the bereaved; two overly-vigilant mothers wrestle with their paranoia in the queue for Santa's Grotto; a widow recounts her disastrous return to the world of dating and a father realises that his son is growing away from him as he helps him tie his football boots. In these snippets of overheard conversations from across the length and breadth of the country, Craig Taylor captures the state we're in with humour and pathos and perfect timing. Laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, these tiny plays in which every one of us could have a starring role are little windows into other people's lives that reveal the triumphs, disasters, prejudices, horrors and joys of twenty-first-century life. Hugely entertaining and utterly addictive, this is book that can be dipped into or feasted upon in one sitting. It will change the way you listen to the world around you, and train journeys will never be the same again.
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One Million Tiny Plays About Britain

Author: Craig Taylor

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408814307

Category: Humor

Page: 224

View: 2921

A Wonder Woman and bride-to-be finds herself worse for wear at the end of a hen night; a funeral director's love of Manchester United proves unhelpful when talking to the bereaved; two overly-vigilant mothers wrestle with their paranoia in the queue for Santa's Grotto; a widow recounts her disastrous return to the world of dating and a father realises that his son is growing away from him as he helps him tie his football boots. In these snippets of overheard conversations from across the length and breadth of the country, Craig Taylor captures the state we're in with humour and pathos and perfect timing. Laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, these tiny plays in which every one of us could have a starring role are little windows into other people's lives that reveal the triumphs, disasters, prejudices, horrors and joys of twenty-first-century life. Hugely entertaining and utterly addictive, this is book that can be dipped into or feasted upon in one sitting. It will change the way you listen to the world around you, and train journeys will never be the same again.
Posted in Humor

One Million Tiny Plays about Britain

Author: Craig Taylor

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Acting

Page: 213

View: 3194

A Wonder Woman and bride-to-be finds herself worse for wear at the end of a hen night; a funeral director's love of Manchester United proves unhelpful when talking to the bereaved; two overly-vigilant mothers wrestle with their paranoia in the queue for Santa's Grotto; a widow recounts her disastrous return to the world of dating and a father realises that his son is growing away from him as he helps him tie his football boots. In these snippets of overheard conversations from across the length and breadth of the country, Craig Taylor captures the state we're in with humour and pathos and perfect timing. Laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, these tiny plays in which every one of us could have a starring role are little windows into other people's lives that reveal the triumphs, disasters, prejudices, horrors and joys of twenty-first-century life. Hugely entertaining and utterly addictive, this is book that can be dipped into or feasted upon in one sitting. It will change the way you listen to the world around you, and train journeys will never be the same again.
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Londoners

The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

Author: Craig Taylor

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062096931

Category: Travel

Page: 448

View: 9864

“Craig Taylor is the real deal: a peerless journalist and a beautiful craftsman.” —David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Fraud and Half Empty “Londoners is a wonderful book—I wanted it to be twice as long.” —Diana Athill, New York Times bestselling author of Somewhere Towards the End In Londoners, acclaimed journalist Craig Taylor paints readers an epic portrait of today’s London that is as rich and lively as the city itself. In the style of Studs Terkel (Working, Hard Times, The Good War) and Dave Isay (Listening Is an Act of Love), Londoners offers up the stories, the gripes, the memories, and the dreams of those in the great and vibrant British metropolis who “love it, hate it, live it, left it, and long for it,” from a West End rickshaw driver to a Soldier of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to a recovering heroin addict seeing Big Ben for the very first time. Published just in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Londoners is a glorious literary celebration of one of the world’s truly great cities.
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A Year in the Woods

The Diary of a Forest Ranger

Author: Colin Elford

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141043180

Category: Forest rangers

Page: 192

View: 6169

'Refreshingly unsentimental. Contains some wonderful descriptions and sentences which are so profound they demand a second reading' Sunday Express Colin Elford spends his days alone - alone but for the deer, the squirrels, the rabbits, the birds, and the many other creatures inhabiting the woods. From the crisp cold of January, through the promise of spring and the heat of summer, and then into damp autumn and the chill winds of winter, we accompany the forest-ranger as he goes about his work - stalking in the early morning darkness, putting an injured fallow buck out of its misery, watching stoats kill a hare, observing owls, and simply being a part of the outdoors. A Year in the Woods is enthralling journey deep into the heart of the English countryside. 'Stalking sharpens the senses and there is an almost hallucinatory clarity to Elford's writing' Observer 'Documents the awe-inspiring events that take place in teh forest each month' Daily Telegraph
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More Light

Author: Bryony Lavery

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748742875

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 74

View: 488

Teacher requests for new drama by the best authors are met in these plays recently commissioned from leading professional playwrights. Revised National Curriculum requirements for students to read recent and contemporary drama are catered for in scripts specifically written for 11-16+. Having been performed as part of a nationawide youth theatre scheme, Connections are suited for school-based productions. Connections are ideal for class reading and studio performance, lasting about one hour each, and with casts of 7-20+. Activities and support material provided on a dedicated website will encourage pupils to engage with and think beyond the text.
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Blue/Orange

Author: Joe Penhall

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408140918

Category: Drama

Page: 192

View: 7573

An expertly annotated edition of Joe Penhall's compelling drama: a dark, exhilarating tale of race, madness and power in the midst of a struggling National Health Service.
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A Tiny Bit Marvellous

Author: Dawn French

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141046341

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8302

Everyone hates the perfect family. So you'll love the Battles. Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two hormonal teenagers. There's 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he's quite simply as marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad, who's just, well . . . Dad. However, Mo is having a crisis. She's about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other? 'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant.' Wendy Holden 'A fantastic slam-dunk page-turner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud.' Mail on Sunday 'Beautifully observed. Makes you laugh on every page.' The Times 'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life.' Woman & Home
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Love You Forever Pop-Up Edition

Author: Robert Munsch

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781770859654

Category:

Page: 14

View: 2030

The much-loved bestseller, now in a pop-up edition. When we published Love You Forever in 1986, we thought it had great appeal. But we had no idea that booksellers would love it and sell 30 million copies. Now there is a gift edition whose characters move! A young mother holds her baby, and while she sings to it she rocks it back and forth. And through her life, and the stages of his life, she holds her son and rocks him back and forth as she tells him that she will love him forever. In double-page spreads and gatefolds, the whole text of Love You Forever is in this book, and enhanced with three-dimensional elements. But even better is the feature that moves -- as the chorus is sung, you can move the characters back and forth. This makes a wonderful extra feature for young readers, the grandchildren of people who raised their own children with this story and who want to pass it to a new generation. Paper engineering by Bruce Foster.
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Where the Wild Things are

Author: Maurice Sendak

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099408392

Category: Animals

Page: 37

View: 1876

Presents the story of Max's adventures when he sails away to the land where the wild things are. This book is the winner of the Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, 1964.
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The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays

How the Vote Was Won, Lady Geraldine's Speech, Pot and Kettle, Miss Appleyard's Awakening, Her Vote, The Mother's Meeting, The Anti-Suffragist Or The Other Side, Tradition

Author: Naomi Paxton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408176580

Category: Drama

Page: 136

View: 9898

This anthology presents eight exciting comic pieces that arose from the the Suffrage Movement. Terrific for performance, it provides a variety of strong female parts, while also offering invaluable sources from the period, bringing history to life.
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50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior

Author: Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio,Barry L. Beyerstein

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444360744

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

View: 9958

50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping students and laypersons to distinguish science from pseudoscience. Uses common myths as a vehicle for exploring how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology Explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as 'opposites attract', 'people use only 10% of their brains', and 'handwriting reveals your personality' Provides a 'mythbusting kit' for evaluating folk psychology claims in everyday life Teaches essential critical thinking skills through detailed discussions of each myth Includes over 200 additional psychological myths for readers to explore Contains an Appendix of useful Web Sites for examining psychological myths Features a postscript of remarkable psychological findings that sound like myths but that are true Engaging and accessible writing style that appeals to students and lay readers alike
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Tiny Islands

60 Remarkable Little Worlds Around Britain

Author: Dixe Wills

Publisher: Goodman Publishers

ISBN: 9780749573874

Category: Travel

Page: 352

View: 8340

From the tiny island that shaped the entire English language, to the island that terrified Dylan Thomas, there's more to Britain's tiny islands than you might think! Have your own tiny adventure by visiting any of the 60 remarkable little islands around Britain featured here. Although Britain boasts hundreds of tiny islands, Dixe Wills has selected only the very best of them for this book. Found around the coast, in lakes, in lochs, and on rivers, these little worlds are waiting for you to discover them—whether you swim to them, walk to them at low tide, row to them, or catch a dinky little ferry.
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Tiny Churches

Author: Dixe Wills

Publisher: AA Publishing

ISBN: 9780749577681

Category:

Page: 320

View: 8859

While traveling all over Britain on his pushbike, non-flying travel writer Dixe Wills is forever popping into old churches to look around, grab a moment of tranquility, or just to shelter from the elements. Extending his love of all things tiny into yet another area, this book is his guide to 60 of the loveliest and most diminutive churches that Britain has to offer, many of which are known only to locals or tourists who are simply lucky enough to stumble across them. Each church is so tiny that only about 30 people could fit comfortably inside, and each is open to the public. Representing a unique slice of British local history and attitudes, tiny churches are the great survivors of the world. Unlike grand cathedrals, they were built to serve more humble ends, but they withstood centuries of religious unrest (and the Victorian "church improvers") to survive into this most irreligious of centuries. Today, scattered all over Britain, these atmospheric places retain the essence of what they were when the stonemasons, laborers, smiths, carpenters, and glaziers were corralled together to build them.
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Quotations from Chairman Mao Tsetung

Author: Zedong Mao

Publisher: China Books

ISBN: 9780835123884

Category: History

Page: 311

View: 6077

This new reprint brings back our best-selling book to date, in the familiar red plastic cover. Still popular as a textbook and primary document of the Cultural Revolution. The book that changed the world and shaped a generation of Chinese people, it contains the essence of Mao's philosophy, political thinking and military strategy.
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Return To Akenfield

Portrait Of An English Village In The 21st Century

Author: Craig Taylor

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847087892

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 4681

Ronald Blythe's 1969 book Akenfield - a moving portrait of English country life told in the voices of the farmers and villagers themselves - is a modern classic. In 2004, writer and reporter Craig Taylor returned to the village in Suffolk on which Akenfield was based. Over the course of several months, he sought out locals who had appeared in the original book to see how their lives had changed, he met newcomers to discuss their own views, and he interviewed Ronald Blythe himself, now in his eighties. Young farmers, retired orchardmen and Eastern European migrant workers talk about the nature of farming in an age of computerization and encroaching supermarkets; commuters, weekenders and retirees discuss the realities behind the rural idyll; and the local priest, teacher and more describe the daily pleasures and tribulations of village life. Together, they offer a panoramic and revealing portrait of rural English society at a time of great change.
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The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of an American in Britain

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385539290

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 681

A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy. From the Hardcover edition.
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Take Ten

New 10-minute Plays

Author: Eric Lane,Nina Shengold

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 360

View: 709

An anthology of thirty-two short plays includes works by Christopher Durang, David Mamet, John Patrick Shanley, August Wilson, Sherry Kramer, and Megan Terry
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Reflections of a Rock Lobster

A Story about Growing Up Gay

Author: Aaron Fricke

Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist

ISBN: 9781555836078

Category: Gay men

Page: 123

View: 6264

A courageous story of growing up gay in a small New England town.
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