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Luciano's War
Luciano's War
by David Weston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and believable, 13 April 2016
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This is a gripping novel, with a real feeling of authenticity as war-time Sicily leaps graphically from its pages. David Weston writes with passion and commitment, and has produced a story in which fact and fiction are seamlessly woven. With 'Luciano's War' Weston has further honed his considerable skills as a novelist, and has produced a vivid adventure/thriller in which the pace never flags. The richly varied cast of characters - whether fact or fiction - are beautifully drawn and have real depth; and you find yourself caring about what happens to them. Highly recommended!


Dodger Treads the Boards: The Continuing Adventures of Jack Dawkins (1832 - 1834)
Dodger Treads the Boards: The Continuing Adventures of Jack Dawkins (1832 - 1834)
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return!, 2 Mar. 2015
David Weston's latest novel 'Dodger Treads the Boards' heralds a most welcome return for the Artful Dodger, home from Australia and now deeply involved in the world of the theatre. Weston writes vividly and engagingly, and the sights, smells and characters of Victorian London leap graphically off the page. The author's profession as an actor has given him a deep interest and insight into the theatre, and his research for both novels has been meticulous. There is a lot of humour, and the same lively array of characters that characterised 'Dodger Down Under'. Weston's earlier devise of including Charles Dickens and numerous characters from across his novels works equally well here. A lively and enjoyable read - highly recommended!


Covering Shakespeare: An Actor's Saga of Near Misses and Dogged Endurance
Covering Shakespeare: An Actor's Saga of Near Misses and Dogged Endurance
by David Weston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph!, 6 Sept. 2014
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Having greatly enjoyed David Weston's earlier book, 'Covering McKellen', I approached 'Covering Shakespeare' with considerable anticipation. It did not disappoint! It is an highly enjoyable read, combining items of historical interest concerning the background to each play, followed by the author's own rich personal memories. Weston is a skilful and engaging writer, self-aware, honest about his feelings and generous in his appreciation of the talents of others. His love of Shakespeare and of the acting profession in general shines through again, as it did in his earlier book. 'Covering Shakespeare is also extremely funny! I particularly enjoyed the account of the arrival of an unexpected guest (a cat) at the banquet in 'Macbeth',during one schools' performance - and the cast's subsequent (unsuccessful) attempts to catch it. . .!


Dodger Down Under
Dodger Down Under
by David Weston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner!, 25 May 2013
This review is from: Dodger Down Under (Paperback)
The spirit of Dickens's Artful Dodger is alive and kicking in 'Dodger Down Under'! David Weston's graphically descriptive prose brings both character and scenic context vividly to life, and the narrative gallops along at a rollicking pace. A real page-turner, and a thoroughly entertaining read!


Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale
Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale
by David Weston
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covering McKellen, 12 Sept. 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale, by David Weston, 12 September 2011
By Barbara Fairclough

'Covering McKellen' is a beautifully written, highly entertaining account of the year-long progress of the Royal Shakespeare Company as they tour across the globe with two pillars of the classical repertoire: Shakespeare's 'King Lear' and Chekhov's 'The Seagull'. The author David Weston is an actor of many years' experience; while taking a small role in each play, his principal task was to 'cover' the part of Lear, and to be ready to take over at a moment's notice should Ian McKellen become unwell.
'Covering McKellen' is Weston's diary record of the tour. Here we read of the challenges and the excitement, the laughter and the tears, the times of boredom and disappointment. The account also honestly records the roller-coaster of emotions and the relationship difficulties that occurred as youth and ambition met with age and experience, each seeking to find their balance and an accommodation with each other within a very talented company.
David Weston is an accomplished author, and once I started reading, I found it difficult to put the book down! 'Covering McKellen' works on a number of different levels: it offers a deeply personal, insider's view of the often unappreciated role of the understudy; it communicates in vivid prose a tangible sense of atmosphere, both on and off the stage - you can almost smell the greasepaint! But most of all, it communicates the author's life-long love for the acting profession, and a deep gratitude for the enjoyment and opportunites it has offered.


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