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A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal
Now a Major BBC Series Starring Hugh Grant

by John Preston

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2016-05-05
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0241973759
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The bestselling book that inspired the Bafta-winning BBC drama,starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw Corruption. Blackmail. Conspiracy to murder. A Very English Scandal has all the hallmarks of a classic thriller with one difference. It's all true. In the late 1960s Jeremy Thorp, the charismatic leader of the Liberal Party, was at the height of his political career. But homosexuality had only just been legalized, and a former relationship with a younger man named Norman Scott threatened to destroy Thorp's carefully curated facade. Helped by fellow politicians, Thorpe schemed, deceived and embezzled until he saw only one way to silence his ex-lover for good. Meticulously researched and endlessly extraordinary, Thorp's trial captured the moment that British society discovered the truth about its political class - and learned just how far the Establishment will go to protect its own. 'Gripping. A story of cack-handed assassins, buffoonish policemen, dodgy Home Secretaries' Daily Telegraph 'I loved it; eccentric, dark, humane and English in the very best sense' Alain de Botton 'Retold with masterful skill . . . It grips like a detective story' Daily Mail, Book of the Week

A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal
Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment

by John Preston

  • Publisher : Viking
  • Release : 2018-04-05
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780241983898
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for murder Behind oak-panelled doors in the House of Commons, men with cut-glass accents and gold signet rings are conspiring to murder. It's the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives, embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good.

A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal
Screenplay

by Tommy Wainscott

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021-03-19
  • Pages : 60
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Jeremy Thorpe, a politician, tries to get his former lover, Norman, murdered for fear he may end his political career. However, Thorpe faces trial when Norman gets out alive and reports the crime.

Fall

Fall
The Mystery of Robert Maxwell

by John Preston

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2021-02-04
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0241985978
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A LITERARY HIGHLIGHT FOR 2021 IN THE TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER 'The best biography yet of the media magnate Robert Maxwell - by turns engrossing, amusing and appalling' Robert Harris, Sunday Times 'Electrifying... the supreme chronicler of modern British scandals' Mail on Sunday From the bestselling author of A Very English Scandal, the jaw-dropping life story of the notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell. In February 1991, the media mogul and former MP Robert Maxwell made a triumphant entrance into Manhattan harbour aboard his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, to complete his purchase of the ailing New York Daily News. Crowds lined the quayside to watch his arrival, taxi drivers stopped their cabs to shake his hand and children asked for his autograph. But just ten months later, Maxwell disappeared from the same yacht off the Canary Islands, only to be found dead in the water soon afterward. Maxwell was the embodiment of Britain's post-war boom. Born an Orthodox Jew, he had escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, fought in World War 2, and was decorated for his heroism with the Military Cross. He went on to become a Labour MP and an astonishingly successful businessman, owning a number of newspapers and publishing companies. But on his death, his empire fell apart, as long-hidden debts and unscrupulous dealings came to light. Within a few days, Maxwell was being reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption. No one had ever fallen so far and so quickly. What went so wrong? How did a war hero and model of society become reduced to a bloated, amoral wreck? In this gripping book, John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell's extraordinary rise and scandalous fall. 'Preston is a natural storyteller' The Times

A Very English Deceit: The Secret History of the South Sea Bubble and the First Great Financial Scandal (Text Only)

A Very English Deceit: The Secret History of the South Sea Bubble and the First Great Financial Scandal (Text Only)
A Book

by Malcolm Balen

  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release : 2012-06-28
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0007393903
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The ebook of the critically acclaimed popular history book: the story of the South Sea Bubble which in Balen’s hands becomes a morality tale for our times. A classic collision of political ambition, mercenary greed and financial revolution.

Doctor Who: Rose (Target Collection)

Doctor Who: Rose (Target Collection)
A Book

by Russell T Davies

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2018-04-05
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1473531233
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Discover the new Doctor Who classics. “Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!” In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move – and kill – are taking up key positions, ready to strike. Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe – a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.

Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter

Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter
A Book

by Benjamin Cook,Russell T Davies

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-03-31
  • Pages : 736
  • ISBN : 1448141370
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For this new edition of The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook expand their in-depth discussion of the creative life of Doctor Who to cover Russell's final year as Head Writer and Executive Producer of the show, as well as his work behind the increasingly successful Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-offs. Candid and witty insights abound throughout two years' worth of correspondence, covering David Tennant's last episodes as the Doctor and the legacy that Russell and David leave behind as a new era of Doctor Who begins. With over 300 pages of new material, and taking in events from the entire five years since the show's return in 2005, The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter is the most comprehensive - and personal - account of Doctor Who ever published.

A Little London Scandal

A Little London Scandal
A Book

by Miranda Emmerson

  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release : 2020-08-20
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0008244340
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A story of class and corruption, sex and the Sixties, for fans of A Very English Scandal and The Trial of Christine Keeler

Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown

Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown
A Book

by Chris Chibnall,Paul Cornell,Russell T Davies,Neil Gaiman,Mark Gatiss,Pete McTighe,Steven Moffat,Vinay Patel,Joy Wilkinson

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2020-11-05
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1473532825
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Darkness Never Prevails. While staying home was a vital safety measure in 2020, the freedom of the TARDIS remained a dream that drew many - allowing them to roam the cosmos in search of distraction, reassurance and adventure. Now some of the finest TV Doctor Who writers come together with gifted illustrators in this very special short story collection in support of BBC Children in Need. Current and former showrunners - Chris Chibnall Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat - present exciting adventures for the Doctor conceived in confinement, alongside brand new fiction from Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss and Vinay Patel. Also featuring work from Chris Riddell, Joy Wilkinson, Paul Cornell, Sonia Leong, Sophie Cowdrey, Mike Collins and many more, Adventures in Lockdown is a book for any Doctor Who fan in your life, stories that will send your heart spinning wildly through time and space... £2.25 from every copy sold in the UK of Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown will benefit Children in Need (registered charity number 802052 in England & Wales and SC039557 in Scotland)

The Dig

The Dig
Now a BAFTA-nominated motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James

by John Preston

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2008-05-29
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0141041072
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A brilliantly realised account of the most famous archeological dig in British history, now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James. 'Exquisitely original' Ian MacEwan 'An enthralling story of love and loss' Robert Harris In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind: Mrs Pretty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find... John Preston's recreation of the Sutton Hoo dig - the greatest Anglo-Saxon discovery ever in Britain - brilliantly and comically dramatizes three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure. 'A tale of rivalry, loss and thwarted love so absorbing that I read right through lunchtime one day, and it's not often I miss a meal' Nigella Lawson 'A delicate evocation of a vanished era' Sunday Times

Rose

Rose
A Book

by Russell T. Davies

  • Publisher : Ebury Press
  • Release : 2018-04-02
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781785943263
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Meet the new Doctor Who classics. "Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!" In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move - and kill - are taking up key positions, ready to strike. Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She's about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe - a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.

Wicked Baby

Wicked Baby
A Book

by Tara Hanks

  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release : 2016-03-11
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN : 9781530387915
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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It's 1960, and a seventeen year-old girl is alone in London. While working as a dancer in a club, she meets a jaded society doctor who introduces her to rich and powerful men. But Christine Keeler is much more than just another empty-headed beauty. Privy to secrets that threaten the heart of government, she is hunted down and forced to tell the truth as she sees it. 'Wicked Baby' is a novella based on the events of the Profumo Affair, a tale of innocence corrupted that dares to imagine the complex desires and motives behind a very English scandal. "Tara has the ability to creep under the skin of her subject matter without making judgments ... her bravery and her natural-born writer's empathy rewarded her with a novella that must be the most unique work of 'faction' that I have read this year." - Binnacle Press "The simple factual tone blends the efficiency of journalism with the immediacy of fairytale ... the sweep across all the major figures convincingly portrays the atmosphere of the dawning of the Sixties." - Alwyn W. Turner, author of 'Halfway to Paradise' and 'The Biba Experience' "This is as fine an introduction to the Profumo Affair as you are ever likely to meet." - Tregolwyn Book Reviews

Actors' and Performers' Yearbook 2020

Actors' and Performers' Yearbook 2020
Essential Contacts for Stage, Screen and Radio

by Lloyd Trott

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2019-10-31
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 1350107581
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This well-established and respected directory supports actors in their training and search for work on stage, screen and radio. It is the only directory to provide detailed information for each listing and specific advice on how to approach companies and individuals, saving hours of further research. From agents and casting directors to producing theatres, showreel companies, photographers and much more, this essential reference book editorially selects only the most relevant and reputable contacts for the actor. With several new articles including The multi-hyphenate comedy actor-performer-writer; Ignition, inspiration and the imposter; Be prepared for publicity; and Equity pension scheme, Actors' and Performers' Yearbook 2020 features aspects of the profession not previously covered, as well as continuing to provide valuable insight into auditions, interviews and securing work alongside a casting calendar and financial issues. This is a valuable professional tool in an industry where contacts and networking are key to career survival. All listings have been updated alongside fresh advice from industry experts.

Lockdown 2020

Lockdown 2020
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : BBC Books
  • Release : 2020-11-05
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781785947063
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An English Affair

An English Affair
Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo

by Richard Davenport-Hines

  • Publisher : HarperPress
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780007435852
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A racy snapshot of Britain in the late 1950s and early 1960s, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Profumo affair.

Miss Treadway 2

Miss Treadway 2
A Book

by Miranda Emmerson

  • Publisher : Fourth Estate
  • Release : 2020-08
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 9780008244330
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A story of class and corruption, sex and the Sixties, for fans of A Very English Scandal and The Trial of Christine Keeler

A Light in the Dark

A Light in the Dark
A History of Movie Directors

by David Thomson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2020-08-20
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0297608428
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In little more than a century of cinema - Birth of a Nation was one hundred years old in 2015 - our sense of what a film director is, or should be, has shifted in fascinating ways. A director was once a functionary; then an important but not decisive part of an industrial process; then accepted as the person who was and should be in charge, because he was an artist and a hero. But the world has changed. In a nutshell, the change takes the form of a question: Who directed The Sopranos or Homeland? Hardly anyone knows, because we don't tend to read TV credits and the director has returned to a more subservient and anonymous role. Directors now try to be efficient, the deliverers of profitable films, and are often involved as producers, like Steven Spielberg. David Thomson's brilliant A Light in the Dark personalises each chapter through an individual: Jean Renoir, Howard Hawks, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Bunuel, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, Jane Campion, Stephen Frears and Quentin Tarantino. Through these characters (and other directors not mentioned here), David Thomson relates an imaginative new history of a medium that has changed the world.

The Art of American Screen Acting, 1960 to Today

The Art of American Screen Acting, 1960 to Today
A Book

by Dan Callahan

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2019-01-31
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 147663596X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Modern screen acting in English is dominated by two key figures: Method acting guru Lee Strasberg—who taught the “the art of experiencing” over “the art of representing”—and English theater titan Laurence Olivier, who once said of the Method’s immersive approach, “try acting, it’s so much easier.” This book explores in detail the work of such method actors as Al Pacino, Ellen Burstyn, Jack Nicholson and Jane Fonda, and charts the shift away from the more internally focused Strasberg-based acting of the 1970s, and towards the more “external” way of working, exemplified by the career of Meryl Streep in the 1980s.

A Companion to the Biopic

A Companion to the Biopic
A Book

by Deborah Cartmell,Ashley D. Polasek

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2019-12-10
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 1119554799
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The most comprehensive reference text of theoretical and historical discourse on the biopic film The biopic, often viewed as the most reviled of all film genres, traces its origins to the early silent era over a century ago. Receiving little critical attention, biopics are regularly dismissed as superficial, formulaic, and disrespectful of history. Film critics, literary scholars and historians tend to believe that biopics should be artistic, yet accurate, true-to-life representations of their subjects. Moviegoing audiences, however, do not seem to hold similar views; biopics continue to be popular, commercially viable films. Even the genre’s most ardent detractors will admit that these films are often very watchable, particularly due to the performance of the lead actor. It is increasingly common for stars of biographical films to garner critical praise and awards, driving a growing interest in scholarship in the genre. A Companion to the Biopic is the first global and authoritative reference on the subject. Offering theoretical, historical, thematic, and performance-based approaches, this unique volume brings together the work of top scholars to discuss the coverage of the lives of authors, politicians, royalty, criminals, and pop stars through the biopic film. Chapters explore evolving attitudes and divergent perspectives on the genre with topics such as the connections between biopics and literary melodramas, the influence financial concerns have on aesthetic, social, or moral principles, the merger of historical narratives with Hollywood biographies, stereotypes and criticisms of the biopic genre, and more. This volume: Provides a systematic, in-depth analysis of the biopic and considers how the choice of historical subject reflects contemporary issues Places emphasis on films that portray race and gender issues Explores the uneven boundaries of the genre by addressing what is and is not a biopic as well as the ways in which films simultaneously embrace and defy historical authenticity Examines the distinction between reality and ‘the real’ in biographical films Offers a chronological survey of biopics from the beginning of the 20th century A Companion to the Biopic is a valuable resource for researchers, scholars, and students of history, film studies, and English literature, as well as those in disciplines that examine interpretations of historical figures

Fall

Fall
The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell, Britain's Most Notorious Media Baron

by John Preston

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2021-02-09
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0062997513
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the acclaimed author of A Very English Scandal, a thrilling and dramatic true-life account of the rise and fall of one of the most notorious media moguls of all time: Robert Maxwell. In February 1991, Robert Maxwell triumphantly sailed into Manhattan harbor on his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, to buy the ailing New York Daily News. Taxi drivers stopped their cabs to shake his hand, children asked for his autograph, and patrons of the hottest restaurant in Manhattan gave him a standing ovation while he dined. Ten months later, Maxwell disappeared off that same yacht in the middle of the night and was later found dead in the water. As John Preston reveals in this entertaining and revealing biography, Maxwell’s death was as mysterious as his remarkable life. A tightly paced, addictive saga of ambition, hubris, narcissism, greed, power, and intrigue, Fall recounts Maxwell’s rise and fall and rise and fall again. Preston weaves backwards and forwards in time to examine the forces that shaped Maxwell, including his childhood as a Jew in occupied Eastern Europe through his failed political ambitions in the 1960s which ended in accusations of financial double-dealing, and his resurrection as a media mogul--and on to the family legacy he left behind, including his daughter Ghislaine Maxwell. Preston chronicles Maxwell’s all-encompassing rivalry with Rupert Murdoch—a battle that ruined Maxwell financially, threatened his sanity and lead, indirectly, to his death. Did Maxwell have a heart attack and fall overboard? Was his death suicide? Or was he murdered—possibly by Mossad or the KGB? Few in the twentieth century journeyed as far from his roots as Robert Maxwell. Yet, as Fall reveals, no one, however rich and powerful, can entirely escape their past.