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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; New edition edition (10 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413767701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413767707
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Willy Russell was born in Whiston near Liverpool and left school at fifteen. He went through a succession of jobs before, at the age of twenty, he decided to take 'O' levels and 'A' levels and become a teacher. At about the same time he saw John McGrath's play Unruly Elements at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, and decided he wanted to become a playwright. His plays include: ONE FOR THE ROAD, STAGS AND HENS, EDUCATING RITA, BLOOD BROTHERS and SHIRLEY VALENTINE.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By msCaulfield on 25 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I was taken to see this as part of my GCSE drama, and was warned by the teacher to bring tissues, as it was"tragic". I am a spectacularly hard-hearted person and never cry at plays, so I scoffed at this and didn't bring any. What a mistake that was!
I was shocked to find, during Eddie's solo "I'm Not Saying A Word", that my eyes were brimming, and by the end I was sobbing like a four-year-old. And of course everybody laughed their heads off at me, but that's not the point.
This is easily the best musical I have ever seen, with beautiful songs and a very touching plotline. In other words, a typical Willy Russell. Long live Blood Brothers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Spencer on 20 Jan. 2015
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When introduced to this story during my English Language GCSE, by my tutor, I was at first sceptical. Previously, I’d only heard those opinions of people not enjoying the “Blood Brothers” story. However, I read the book with an open mind and have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, characters and also the play!
Set in Liverpool, I instantly had a liking to the story, as this has to be my most adored accent of the UK. The story engages us on to the stressful and hopeless path of life of a mother who is persuaded to give one of her twins away. Who knew what bad luck such an act could bring?
The themes of different social classes I found really interesting and the story felt very believable to me as a reader. I felt I could really sympathise with the characters and must say that I didn’t want to put the book down.
There were parts of the story that were very upsetting and triggered a sadness of emotion. However this just made the story even more interesting and relatable.
If you’re looking for a book or play to be engrossed into and to trigger some of those heart felt tears then I can definitely recommend “Blood Brothers”.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss NL Hickman on 14 Sept. 2014
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I've always loved Willy Russell's writing after studying 'Educating Rita' at high school and thought it was high time I got acquainted with his musical, which I was pleasantly surprised to learn he wrote the music as well as the lyrics and play! I bought the kindle version of the play and also downloaded the Blood Brothers album to get the full experience as I've never seen the musical before so when I came to a song in the play I listened to the track as well as reading the words simultaneously..... I was hooked right from the beginning. This is still a play for now even though the play in set in the 70's/80's as, unfortunately, the issues within this play resonates too loudly with our social issues of today. Loved it, Willy Russell you definitely didn't let me down!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky on 19 Jan. 2015
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This play, by Willy Russell, is a great read. Although, this is not my usual genre I became very quickly enthralled in the plot and characters. Willy Russell brings a remarkable depth to the two main female characters, creating both empathy and dislike within quick succession.
Set in Liverpool during the 60’s &70’s, focusing on two families, covering social class, religion, superstition, money, hope, despair and tragedy. Although, this play explores the darker side of life his effective use of wit and song brings a humorous side to the story.

Start to read it and you won't be able to put it down. I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PAUL SHANKS on 19 Jan. 2015
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Willy Russell is a truly, amazing play writer.He captures his characters by, his own life experiences,growing up in Liverpool in this era.This musical play/book without giving to much away covers social class, religion, superstition, family, friendship, recession, money, love and tragedy.I'm taking GCSE English and I have studied this book from cover to cover.This book has learn't me to analyse plots,characters and themes .Furthermore, it has opened up my array of vocabulary when writing my essays.If you haven't seen the play it's a must,alongside reading this book.It's almost like putting a name to a face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on 18 Jan. 2015
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Set in Liverpool, Willy Russell does a great job of capturing the class-divide in the early 1960s-70s.
'Blood Brothers', has the ability to have you in both tears of laughter and sadness.
This book has something for everyone. The dark side of: deceit, adultery and murder, alongside the sharp wit, devotion and love of Mrs Johnstone.
It is a book you can't put down until you have finished, and as it is easily read in an evening, this is very manageable.
I would definitely recommend the book, however, the musical, which is also written by Willy Russell, is not to be missed.
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I have never been neither a drama nor a musical lover but this play totally conquered me.
Willy Russell, the author, was born in 1947 near Liverpool into a working-class family with a strong female influence in his life (mother), as a consequence, many of his plays seems to have a strong inspiration in working-class female figures taken from his own life. This is clearly shown in "Educating Rita", "Shirley Valentine" and "Blood Brothers" is not an exception.
The play was set in Liverpool in the 1960's. It is a musical which tells the story of twin brothers, Mickey and Edward, who were separated at birth because her mother, a working class lady, was so poor that she was not able to keep them both, therefore, she gives one to her employer, a wealthy woman who could not have children and passed the baby off as her own child.
The structure of the play is handled beautifully. The musical is divided in two acts and is enriched with many songs and metaphorical language which engage the reader. The author starts the play with the end of the story inviting the audience to judge the mother of the twins by the narrator who said, "An did y' never hear of the mother so cruel, There's a stone in place of her heart?" The narrator plays a determining role, adding a mysterious, guilty and dark atmosphere to the musical/drama.
Personally, at the beginning I was not very interested in the play because starts with a tragedy but as I kept reading I was absorb in the personalities of the female roles, the use of regional and standard English and people believes, as religion and superstition, to differentiate the social classes. Additionally, the enchanting metaphorical language, among other literary figures, that many times leaves the reader free interpretation.
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