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Collins Drama - Lorna Doone (Collins Classics Plus) [Paperback]

Berlie Doherty , R. D. Blackmore , Toby Slatterthwaite
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

20 April 2001 Collins Classics Plus

An exciting dramatisation for schools of R. D. Blackmore’s classic tale of adventure. The playscript is accompanied by fascinating background information and stimulating activities.

The book contains a compelling playscript by Berlie Doherty, based on R. D. Blackmore’s famous novel. This is accompanied by resources covering:
• Staging the play
• Work on and around the script
• Life and times of R. D. Blacmore
• From novel to playscript
• Themes in and around the play
• Media



Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Educational; New edition edition (20 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0003302261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0003302264
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,942,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Berlie Doherty is the youngest of three children. She has been a social worker, a journalist, a teacher, and, for the past fifteen years, a writer.

Berlie has twice won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, for ‘Grannie was a Buffer Girl’ in 1987 and for ‘Dear Nobody’ in 1992. She lives in the Derbyshire Peak District.


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite book 23 April 2011
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I read this book first when I was 12, on a mission to improve my reading and read grown up books. I instantly loved it, and spent a whole sunny weekend locked up in my room, engrossed in the world of the Doones. I have recently reread it, and still love it as much as I did then.

The scenery described in the book is so clear and picturesque that I could imagine myself there, walking along side John Ridd (the protagonist and Narrator). The story is a romanace, though it covers quite abit of history of the time. The story of Lorna and John is a beautiful poignant tale of overcoming obsticals, both people and heritage for love.

Dont be put off by the strong cornish/ Devonshire accents, like in Wuthering Heights, not all characters have them, and they are mainly used to distiguish between classes and to remind of location and to add some flavour to the book. I think certainly if You like wuthering Heights then this book would be great for you, (and youll find the happy ending a refreshing change!)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, poetic tale 21 May 2011
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R.D.Blackmore was a prolific author but of all his works only this one remains widely read. In all honesty the plot isn't very complex; the subtitle, 'A Romance of Exmoor,' gives it away. Boy meets girl; author creates untold delays and roughness on the path of true love; true love conquers all and that's about it. But read this and you soon realize why the book is so popular. The author's adoption of his hero's voice as narrator is a tour de force in itself but it is the whole atmosphere of the tale that so draws you into it. The action is played out against a beautifully created landscape and a social background of the country and farming life of the time. On top of that the weather and the seasons are so vividly drawn that they almost become a character of the story in themselves. The whole book is pure pleasure to read; a truly poetic creation.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Favourite 8 Jan 2011
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When I was about 10 I was on a school holiday in the area this book mainly talks about. Being taken to the church where Lorna Doone was supposedly attacked at I wanted to know more. Since then I have read this book many times, and have often holidayed in the Devon/ Somerset region. Chances are that if you live in the region you will already know the story, and even if you don't you probably already know it or the main plot, so I won't discuss that here except to remark that some of the characters really existed, and some of the events really took place.

Set in the late 17th Century, R D Blackmore first published this anonymously and he was turned down by most publishers. The next year it was published more widely and instantly caught the imagination of the public, and since then has never been out of print. Blackmore didn't like this to be called an historical novel and preferred to refer to it as a romance, although you must remember that romance back then didn't exactly mean the same as today. Due to this difference in meaning on what we would call a romance novel today, and what would have been such back in the 19th Century this book is ideal for both sexes, with action and derring-do, as well as more romantic elements.

If you love reading good books with a storyline that draws you in and holds you, then you can't really go wrong with this. The only caution I would give to people who have never read this before is that the author did use dialect in some of the dialogues in this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis 25 Feb 2009
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A historical novel of high adventure set in the South West of England during the turbulent time of Monmouth's rebellion (1685). It is also a moving love story told through the life of the young farmer John Ridd, as he grows to manhood determined to right the wrongs in his land, and to win the heart and hand of the beautiful Lorna Doone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lorna Doone 14 Jan 2013
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I first read this book in my teens and am reliving the experience in maturity. Great read with lots of intrique
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves its reputation 29 Aug 2013
By PT
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It is many years since I first read this but was not disappointed. Well written, not at all dated, great story. The dialect bits that others seem to have had a problem with are so few and far between as to be unimportant and they are not that difficult to follow anyway. Not to everyone's taste but I enjoyed it. A love story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Aug 2013
By bethann
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Great adventure and love story . Shall have to read it again in the future ! Brings out the flavour of the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and social history 6 Aug 2013
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Beyond the old English is a lovely romance. Integral to this you have all the beauty of the West Country life, flora and fauna Battles and adventures abound in a truly gentle but rugged novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
as expected
Published 9 days ago by Janice W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lorna Doone - what a beautiful name for a heroine!
One of the best loved romances of all time. Set in the seventeenth century the lovely old fashioned language that R.D. Blackmore uses takes you right back in time. Read more
Published 17 days ago by S.M. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
working my way through
Published 17 days ago by Oldtownboy999
4.0 out of 5 stars Not immediately compelling, but it grows on you.
It seems like an excruciating read as you plod your way through the book, but once you're done, you can't help but think that it was actually one of the best books you've ever... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. K. E. Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by m
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
There is a reason why this is a 'classic'; a beautiful book with wonderful descriptions of the countryside. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clementine
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story
Great story but some long descriptive and philosophical paragraphs that are not common in modern books. A canter through late 17th century history!
Published 3 months ago by HCG
4.0 out of 5 stars exmoor revisited
after such a long time since I last read this book(since school),it was a real pleasure to re-aquaint myself with this story.A riveting good read
Published 4 months ago by robert britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant classic
I love most of the classics, so to have so many available on Kindle free of charge is brilliant. Brilliant
Published 4 months ago by Jean Margaret Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Book I always intended to read
Have only just started this book but can't put it down. Insight into a different world. Can't wait to read more.
Published 4 months ago by Bluebell
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