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My Night with Reg
My Night with Reg
by Kevin Elyot
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars My Night With Reg, 10 Dec 2013
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This is a very entertaining play, funny and sad, and you really want it to turn out well for poor Guy. However, as a writer myself, I can sometimes see the wheels. The characters tend to be a bit stereotypical - the rampantly camp, the tragic, the bit of rough and so on - but it's an interesting insight into gay life and worth seeing.


How Plays Work (Nick Hern Books)
How Plays Work (Nick Hern Books)
by David Edgar
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.29

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5.0 out of 5 stars How Plays Work David Edgar, 10 Dec 2013
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This is an excellent book, crammed with useful information but also easy to read. The book obviously can't provide a mentor to tell you if you have ultimately got it right, but the guidance for getting to the end should go a long way. The author makes you think about what you're doing, and, more importantly, why you're doing it


Complete Plays: "Entertaining Mr. Sloane", "Loot", "What the Butler Saw", "The Ruffian on the Stair", "The Erpingham Camp", "Funeral Games", and "The ... "Funeral Games" "Good and Faithful Servant"
Complete Plays: "Entertaining Mr. Sloane", "Loot", "What the Butler Saw", "The Ruffian on the Stair", "The Erpingham Camp", "Funeral Games", and "The ... "Funeral Games" "Good and Faithful Servant"
by Joe Orton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Complete plays - Joe Orton, 10 Dec 2013
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This is a smashing book and a good read. What more can one say? If you like Orton, you'll love this.


The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France
The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France
by Carol Drinkwater
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

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1.0 out of 5 stars Cliched and self indulgent, 22 Nov 2013
This is a book to make the hackles (not to mention the gorge) of every right-thinking person rise. It's the story of how a charming, impulsive Irishwoman marries a perfect, handsome Frenchman and improvidently acquires a romantic, crumbling villa near Cannes which they refurbish on (allegedly) a shoestring, with the help of some quirky locals. The book is full of such clichés, which is nauseating enough, but Madame Boileau, or whatever her French name is, clearly fancies herself as a poet, and indulges to the max her penchant for the over-blown, the over-observed, the over-sentimental, the over-written and the altogether over-wonderful.
With the possible exception of her dogs (whom she treats with great churlishness, not even bothering to give them proper names and showing no distress when one of them disappears), everybody loves her - husband, teenage daughters-in-law, and the scores of friends and relatives who arrive in squads and have delicious meals rustled up for them and served on the flower-decked terrace at the drop of a hat. Even when things go wrong, it isn't long before someone comes to the rescue.
Every particle of malice in me cried out for the villa to be blown up by French Nationalists, or her husband to leave her for someone with a bit more humanity, but no such luck.
Pass the bucket.


Sign Language: Travels in Unfortunate English from the Readers of The Daily Telegraph
Sign Language: Travels in Unfortunate English from the Readers of The Daily Telegraph
by The Daily Telegraph
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Sign language: Travels in Unfortunate English, 2 Nov 2013
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Well, everyone like a good laugh at the expense of the ignorant, the foreign and those with a tin ear for words, don't they, and this fits the bill. It's laugh-out-loud hilarious - don't read it when other people are present - and I love it.


The Night Of The Generals [DVD]
The Night Of The Generals [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter O'Toole
Offered by rileys dvds
Price: 18.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Generals, 22 Sep 2013
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This is showing its age. It was quite sensational at the time, but has lost some of its power now. Peter O'Toole gives a fine buttoned-up performance, but he's the only real stand-out. The story is a bit thin and doesn't offer much insight into Nazi behaviour. It's really just waiting to see who-dunnit.


Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary
Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary
by Traudl Junge
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Until The Final Hour, 22 Sep 2013
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This is a very readable book, far more so than Christa Schroeder's, although it's less hard-hitting. Frau Junge was present during Hitler's final years and was one of the last to leave the bunker, and her story is very personal. She insists that she didn't know much about what was going on - the Fuhrer was very close-lipped about his activities where women were concerned - and was horrified when she found out, which may or may not be the case.


He Was My Chief: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary
He Was My Chief: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary
by Christa Schroeder
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.69

4.0 out of 5 stars He Was My Chief, 22 Sep 2013
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This is not the world's most entertaining book, but it offers loads of personal insights into life around the Fuhrer. Frau Schroeder was well placed to observe and it's all there, if a little self-centred. The other secretaries hardly get a look-in, and she doesn't hold back if she dislikes someone. Eva Braun gets fairly short shrift and there are many telling anecdotes about Hitler's minions, but the boss himself is let off pretty lightly.


Hitler's Women
Hitler's Women
by Guido Knopp
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.21

3.0 out of 5 stars Hitler's Women, 22 Sep 2013
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A pleasant little book, useful as an introduction to some of the many women who surrounded Hitler, but I wondered why a couple of them were included, as they didn't seem to have had all that much to do with him. Marlene Dietrich in particular, didn't care for him and never agreed with his opinions. If you want to study any of them, you're better off with separate, dedicated books.


The Representative
The Representative
by Rolf Hochhuth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.01

4.0 out of 5 stars The Representative, 22 Sep 2013
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This is a Wagnerian doorstop of a play, which, if performed in its entirety, would probably take about seven hours. However, I saw it many years ago at Birmingham Rep, and it couldn't have been more than two, so clearly, it can, and should, be edited. Herr Hochhuth plainly still couldn't get everything he wanted to say into it, so there is a long explanatory screed added at the end. One or two of the scenes are clunkers, but in spite of its long-windedness, it's surprisingly readable.


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