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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Longwater Books; New edition edition (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955242800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955242809
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The classic adventure story of a gang of childhood friends who one summer holiday set up The Green Door Theatre Company, and the struggles and triumph of presenting their very first production to family and friends. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By dollydaydream76@yahoo.co.uk on 21 May 2001
Format: Paperback
This is my favourite book in the whole world... however I am lucky enough to own the original and have spent the last 16 years searching for and finally owning Golden Pavements, Maddy Alone and Blue Door Venture - I am still trying to trace the last book - Maddy Again. This book however is the later version which has been butchered so that the Bishop no longer gives the children 'a hand full of silver' but rather a 'five pound note'. Whole chapters have been missed out (especially the one in which Lynette plays the Virgin Mary for a school nativity) and words that have changed their meanings censored ('there was an orgy of shaking hands'). I think that the publishers should restore the book back to its original glory and realise that a classic novel - even a childrens one - should be preserved.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookwerm18 on 3 Feb. 2004
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The story describes a group of children aged between 8 and 12 (but who seem much older) who discover a disused church and receive permission to turn it into a smart little theatre and produce their own plays. The plot, simply put, is a different take on a rather conventional tale of winning against the odds. It is however the style in which Brown charmingly describes life in Fenchester that appeals most and turns this book into a re-readable classic, rather that a run of the mill triumph-over-adversity tale.
Her style may seem rather antiquated to some, harking back to a rather more innocent period of time, where being a 'drug fiend' means nothing more sinister than taking more than one aspirin. The story is narrated on the whole in a slightly tongue in cheek manner, especially when it comes to the ever present Mrs Potter-Smith(or 'Mrs Smither-Pot' as Maddy names her), a delight for anyone who knows any Women's Institute stalwarts, as she steamrolls through the book as breakneck speed towards her final public humiliation in the play competition. Brown discovers new ways to describe conventional settings , as when a snowy Christmas walk home is very 'peace-on-earth-goodwill-unto-men-ish', so capturing the mood of that magical chestnut-munching moment.
This is a book for anyone who used to (and still does?) dress up and dream that one day they too will be onstage bringing Shakespeare to life in front of an enraptured audience, so that once they have finished, the audience will rise up unbidden from their seats and clap and clap, knowing that a kiss of the hand and a radiant smile in response is all that is required.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Finch on 16 Nov. 2006
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I've just re-read this childhood favourite and forty years on I loved every page. It was unbelievable to learn that the author, Pamela Brown, was only 14 when when she wrote this classic. This latest edition comes with recommendations from two of our theatrical dames - Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins. I hope the publishers will re-release the four sequels although this first book is by far the best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spoonie on 19 Mar. 2007
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In 1972, at the age of 12, I was given this book to read as part of my English curriculum, I loved it. I attend a creative writing class, our recent subject being, Your favourite or most memorable book, The Swish of the Curtain came to mind, I couldn't remember the author after all it was 35 years ago, so on returning home i came on to amazon and to my delight found it still available, I ordered it and have just finished reading it, and found it even more exciting than before, I especially liked reading the bit about the author, I was so surprised that she was so young when she wrote it. I would like to obtain the rest of the books in the series. My copy of the Swish of the Curtain I am now going to pass on to my great niece an avid reader, who I'm sure will love it. Truelly a book that has stood the test of time. A highly recommended read for all ages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dee07 on 31 May 2006
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I count myself very lucky that I have ALL the original (first edition) hardback books in Pamela Brown's "Swish of the Curtain" series. They are now very old, and very well read. These stories are wonderfully written, the world they describe is thoroughly enjoyable - and its interesting to watch the characters develop from children to adults. I hope this new edition of Swish of the Curtain is unabridged (as a collector of many "1st editions" of childrens stories, I despair at the totally unnecessary damage caused by abridged versions of stories), and also hope that the other books will follow in due course - and open up this wonderful world to a whole new generation of readers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Gale on 20 Aug. 2004
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This is an absolute gem among children's books. The book tells the tale of the Fayne, Darwin and Halford children who form their own theatre group in the 1940's. The story is consistently fresh and exciting- you are always waiting to know what happens next. The charcters are loveable and sometimes amusing, particularly the formidable Mrs Potter-Smith. Although the 1940's setting may not appeal to everyone, I would strongly reccomend this book to anybody, regardless of age, who enjoys a good story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2003
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This has to be my favourite book of all time. My mother gave me her copy one night when I was unable to sleep and like most people who have read it I stayed awake all night reading it under the bedcovers with a torch. It a brilliantly good book which is simply written but with a very original plot. My mother managed to obtain several other Pamela Brown books over the years. There are only three I haven't read. These books stay with you for a lifetime and you can re-read them over and over without ever tiring of the book. The characters are incredibly familiar to me and from the first time I read the book I indentified with them. A good, solid book for children by an author who should be better known.
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