William Shakespeare – The Complete Works
Arthur Bullen’s edition of Shakespeare’s works first appeared in the 1850s; it is reprinted here with John Gilbert’s 500 colour illustrations. The 37 plays are presented in their order of composition, followed by the six long poems and all 154 sonnets. The volume contains appreciations by John Aubrey and Ralph Waldo Emerson, a list of quotations in everyday use, and a pull-out poster.
Principal at the Royal Ballet for 20 years, Darcey Bussell collaborated with the leading figures of the ballet world as well as moving beyond her sphere into other forms of dance, fashion and advertising. Including the work of leading photographers such as Anthony Snowdon, Mario Testino and Annie Leibowitz, this portfolio traces her career from the young soloist in rehearsal to the international star of fashion shoots and television. Slightly off-mint.
The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson
John Osborne hailed him as ‘the greatest actor since Brando’; the New York Times called him ‘the terrible tiger of the English stage’. Nicol Williamson (1936–2011) was as renowned for his hellraising as for his Shakespearian heroes. This biography is based on the recollections of his family and fellow actors and follows his brilliant but chequered career, tracing the origins of his uncompromising and ultimately self-destructive genius in his tough Clydeside upbringing.
Dysfunctional Fashion in Film
Marlene Dietrich’s blood-stained Dior dress in Stage Fright, the white-suited assassin of The Untouchables, Cary Grant’s ‘armour-plated suit’ in North by Northwest... This extensively illustrated volume examines ‘clothing-related moments’ in a vast range of films. Discussing clothes and accessories including overcoats, trench coats and furs, jewellery, shoes, gloves and scarves, white suits (‘the tailoring of evil’) and women in red, the fashion theorist Jonathan Faiers explores the visual and psychical resonance of movie actors’ costume.
A Star of Life
A vicar’s daughter from Kent, Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976) became one of the most admired stage actresses of the 20th century. Drawing on hundreds of unpublished letters and interviews with colleagues, family and friends, this authorized biography records how she led the pioneering Old Vic company during the First World War while bringing up four children, her tireless commitment to feminism, socialism and pacifism, and her intense, often troubled relationship with her husband, Lewis Casson. Slightly off-mint.
A Life in Pictures 1915–1982
From early photographs in Sweden to her last formal portrait taken by Lord Snowden in 1982, this volume follows the life and career of Ingrid Bergman in over 350 photographs. Accompanied by an interview with John Kobal and texts by Robert Capa, John Updike, Martha Gellhorn and others, the photographs show Bergman on and off set in all her major films, with family and friends, and in her final role, as Golda Meir in A Woman Called Golda (1982). Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Behind the Lens
In this memoir David Suchet looks back on his career, from rep theatre to the Royal Shakespeare Company and TV fame as Poirot, and also reflects on his personal life, upbringing and faith. A keen photographer all his life, the actor illustrates the book with his own images of the places and people that have been important to him, off-set and backstage pictures, and portraits of fellow actors.
The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe
Sarah Churchwell’s exploration of Marilyn mythology starts by deconstructing the ways the star has been written about. By comparing different approaches taken to issues such as her parents and childhood, the casting couch, her affairs, marriages and psychological problems, her onscreen persona and her tragic death, she argues that Marilyn is both worshipped as an icon, but simultaneously trivialized.
A Brief Guide to The Sound of Music
A Brief Guide to
The famous 1965 musical was not the first film to be made about the von Trapp family nor the last. Paul Simpson’s celebration of the show investigates the real-life Austrian singers, the making of the Broadway show and movie and its enduring appeal.
Federico Fellini received twelve Oscar nominations for the four feature films that he made during the 1960s, his iconic work helping to define the style of the era. This celebration of the decade in the director's oeuvre presents over 150 images, reproduced from the original negatives, of the making of all his films of the period, including La Dolce Vita and 8½, and also contains a series of essays discussing the movies and their influence. Off-mint.
Probably best-known to many as Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, Ian McKellen had a long and illustrious career on stage and screen, and was an ardent campaigner for LGBT rights, before ever donning the wizard’s cloak. In this intimate and affectionate biography Garry O’Connor traces McKellen’s private and public lives, and his achievement as an actor, whether in repertory in Coventry or in Hollywood, never forsaking his ‘lifelong love affair’ with Shakespeare.
The Mystery of Style
Published to accompany the 2010 exhibition of the same name at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, this volume investigates Greta Garbo’s life in fashion. Although almost everything she wore was custom-made, her sartorial style was not that of a conventional film star and her wardrobe consisted of comfortable, practical clothes and footwear, many previously unpublished photographs of which feature here. Also included are full-page studio portraits and paparazzi shots plus essays and anecdotes about her life on and off-screen.
Best remembered for playing Sherlock Holmes in the 1960s television serial, Douglas Wilmer was an accomplished character actor who appeared in many classic films of the 1950s and 1960s, including Cleopatra and Jason and the Argonauts, and counted stars such as Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton among his friends. This memoir describes his life and career and features the personal anecdotes of leading actors of the post-war era.
In The Name Of The Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits
Remembering Roberto Rossellini
In 2006, as a tribute to her father, Isabella Rossellini made a film about him, recreating episodes of his life and imagining conversations with collaborators. This book includes a DVD of the film, the script and additional photographs and memorabilia from the family archive.
Who I Am
Actress Charlotte Rampling’s early life included schooling and holidays in France and much time spent with her sister, Sarah, who committed suicide in 1967. The truth about the tragedy was initially kept from Charlotte and she then shared the secret with her father until her mother’s death. This short memoir is written in elegiac, fragmentary and sometimes poetic style and includes photographs from the family archive.
Some Sunny Day
Born in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn was 92 when she realized that her great age gave a better perspective (she wrote her first autobiography in her fifties) and she had to 'get everything down on paper in a final account'. Here then is the life of 'an ordinary girl from an ordinary family with a voice that you could recognize' – but also an embodiment of British spirit during the Second World War.
The Official Book
One of the most critically acclaimed television series of all time, Breaking Bad ran for 62 episodes between 2008 and 2013. This companion to the complex and original drama includes background information about the production, an exploration of its style, themes and meaning, a complete series timeline with a synopsis of each episode, and character profiles and interviews with members of the production team, including creator Vince Gilligan.
That Broadway Man, That Ballet Man
Best known for choreographing Broadway shows, such as 1957’s West Side Story, Jerome Robbins first came to prominence as a classical ballet dancer in the early 1940s. This extensively illustrated biography explores his influence on the development of American classical and theatre dance.
The Wonderful World of Disney Trains
Walt Disney fell in love with trains as a boy, and featured them in his work for the rest of his life. With anecdotes about Walt’s job on his local line, and Mickey Mouse’s ‘birth’ on a train, this publication catalogues the locomotives in Disney movies, from Trolley Troubles, in 1927, through to 2014’s Planes: Fire and Rescue. Also featuring Walt’s own miniature railways, and the full-size Disney Railroad, the book includes colour photographs and previously unseen conceptual artwork.
A Life in Movies
This well illustrated biography of Ava Gardner covers four decades of film history. The authors examine Gardner’s roles in movies such as The Killers and Night of the Iguana, the creation of her image, her tempestuous relationships (including with Hemingway and Sinatra) and her loyal friendships, revealing her to be far more than an MGM-created ‘cookie-cutter star’. Slightly off-mint.
Both of Us
My Life with Farrah
Ryan O’Neal, star of Love Story and Bones, and Charlie’s Angel Farrah Fawcett seemed a golden couple. Their romance was complex though, and fell apart in 1994 only to be rekindled in the years before her early death. This frank memoir addresses the insecurities and unsavoury moments in their relationship while also expressing O’Neal’s love and regrets.
Alan Bennett’s play is set in the old-style local hospital of a small northern town. As staff struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the hospital faces closure in an NHS efficiency drive, a documentary film crew arrives to record its fight for survival. With an introduction by Bennett.
Haynes Dance Manual
The Complete Step-by-Step Guide
The dancer and choreographer Keyna Paul begins by outlining the history, dress codes and health benefits of ten different dance disciplines, including ballet, burlesque, flamenco and tap. Next, supported by links to online videos, she introduces the basic moves and steps for each style, plus practice tasks and sequences. Music suggestions and adaptations for less mobile participants are included.
Robert Altman's breakthrough film as a director was M*A*S*H in 1970 and he went on to establish a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers, receiving further acclaim for The Player and Short Cuts in the 1990s after a period of relative inactivity. This celebration of his career includes a foreword by Martin Scorsese, interviews and reviews, stills and production shots as well as writings and memorabilia from Altman's own archive.
A Visual History
The first Batman comic strip, ‘The Case of the Chemical Syndicate’, drawn by Bob Kane, appeared in Detective Comics in May 1939. From that hugely successful debut, this big, colourful volume follows Batman’s progress year-by-year in comics such as World’s Finest, Justice League America and Batman publications, up to 2014. With hundreds of illustrations, including comic cover art, and plot synopses, this is the story of the Dark Knight told in his original medium.
Showmen, Sell it Hot
Movies as Merchandise in Golden Era Hollywood
Before the modern phenomenon of the big budget movie, released simultaneously around the world with an enormous and coordinated marketing effort, individual picture houses had much more autonomy in how they promoted films locally. Illustrated with posters, lobby cards and archive photographs, this celebration of the golden age of cinema in America, from the 1930s to the 1960s, pays tribute to the showmanship of small-town exhibitors who kept audiences coming back week after week, whatever was playing.
A Star is Born
The Moment an Actress Becomes an Icon
Vivien Leigh's performance in Gone with the Wind or Anita Ekberg's in La Dolce Vita were pivotal moments in cinema, when a relatively unknown actress was transformed into a major international star. With full-page portraits and brief biographies, this film history identifies the breakthrough moments of 75 leading actresses from Greta Garbo in Mata Hariand Grace Kelly in High Noon to Jane Fonda in Klute and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
My Life Outside the Lines
Coming to prominence on television at the age of 35, Nick Nolte has since earned three Oscar nominations for his film performances. This autobiography explores his early life in Iowa and years as a model as well as his Hollywood career and high-profile addiction problems. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
A small town in Washington State by the name of Twin Peaks was once the scene of a number of homicides that remain unsolved… This top-secret FBI dossier contains all the relevant files on the events surrounding the murder of Laura Palmer, including Agent Dale Cooper’s reports, transcripts of witness statements, legal documents, press cuttings, and archival material on the assassination of JF Kennedy.
Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today
For over two centuries, Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet has been the pride of Russian culture, a source of national prestige under tsars and communists alike; yet the shocking acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin in 2015 was but the latest in a long line of scandals. Here, the musicologist Simon Morrison charts the Bolshoi’s history of political manipulation and artistic rivalry, with the focus always on the ballet, ‘the cruellest and most wondrous of the arts’.
Flesh and Blood
A History of My Family in Seven Maladies
The actor Stephen McGann tells the story of his family over five generations through the diseases that afflicted them. They range from the famine and smallpox that claimed the lives of infant relatives in the 19th century to the necrosis that almost killed his wife, Heidi Thomas, inspiring her to write the BBC adaptation of Call the Midwife. Combining genealogy and social history, this volume explores the effects of illness on society through the generations.
Pop Pickers and Music Vendors
David Jacobs, Alan Freeman, John Peel, Tommy Vance and Roger Scott
The five disc jockeys profiled in this volume had very different musical tastes from one another but were all influential in the evolution of British popular music in the 1950s and 1960s and helped define the role of the DJ. The short biographies, with insights from friends, relatives and musicians and a selection of rarely seen photographs, discuss the presenters’ lives and careers and assess their broadcasting legacies.
Michael Caine: 1960s
Michael Caine’s film characters, such as Alfie and Harry Palmer, as well as his distinctive looks, working-class background and glamorous lifestyle, made him the model of male cool in the 1960s. This celebration of his style presents a portfolio of photographs of the actor during the period, including portraits, film stills and candid pictures, on and off set. A brief introduction and captions set the scene and identify celebrity co-stars and companions, including Natalie Wood, Terence Stamp and Mia Farrow.
A Brief Life
Hitchcock carefully controlled his public persona, emphasizing his lugubrious humour and often retelling selected anecdotes from his childhood to explain his mastery of the cinematic thriller. Delving behind these stories Ackroyd investigates what the director also owed to his formative experiences in British and German film-making and how the fears, fantasies and obsessions of his lonely upbringing in East London shaped his lifelong controlling personality and his films’ characteristic mixture of comedy and suspense. American-cut pages. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Raymond Cauchetier's New Wave
Enlisted as stills photographer to work on Jean-Luc Godard's first film, Raymond Cauchetier employed a spontaneous style that perfectly matched the sensibilities of the French New Wave directors, and he collaborated on the iconic films of the movement over the next ten years. Including images of directors Godard and Truffaut, and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Jeanne Moreau, this collection features portraits, production stills and off-camera reportage from films including Jules et Jim and À bout de souffle. Foreword by Philippe Garner.
The Secret Lives of Monsters
Presented as a dossier of evidence for the existence of hostile aliens (gleaned from the evidence provided by the adventures of Doctor Who) this well-illustrated volume explains the origins and nature of 14 extra-terrestrial threats to humankind. Chapters include case files of the Doctor's adventures with each monster, from the Daleks to the Slitheen, and behind-the-scenes insights into how the creatures were created and filmed. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Celebration of Film and Television
In 1929, three years after two large film stages were built near Elstree in Hertfordshire, the studio produced the first British ‘talkie’, Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail. Elstree has since been at the heart of the film and television industry in the UK. This celebration of the studio explores its history through film stills and archive photographs of famous productions from The Dam Busters, The Avengers and Star Wars to The King’s Speech and Strictly Come Dancing.
Martin Freeman: From Slough to Middle Earth
Playing the sweet and vulnerable everyman, Tim, in The Office made Martin Freeman's name but before this breakthrough he had often been cast as edgy outsiders. This biography describes his Hampshire childhood and tracks his career from his acting debut at the Youth Action Theatre to his roles in TV and film, including Sherlock and the Hobbit trilogy, which have made him an international star.
Movie Star Italian Style
In a career spanning almost seven decades, Sophia Loren has achieved recognition as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of all time. Part one of this photographic tribute traces her life from childhood poverty in wartime Pozzouli, near Naples, to Academy Award-winner, singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador. In part two, her films are each introduced with a concise text and illustrated with film stills, posters and rarely seen photographs.
Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s
Based on interviews with Elton John and his friends and collaborators, Tom Doyle’s book follows Elton through the decade of platform soles, wild costumes and hits such as Your Song, Rocket Man and Candle in the Wind, but also discusses the undercurrents of insecurity and depression.
Women I've Undressed
The name may not be well known, but Orry-Kelly’s designs clothed Hollywood stars for 30 years, winning him Oscars for An American in Paris and Some Like It Hot. Moving from Australia to New York in 1922, he started by painting murals, and rose to become head of the Warner Brothers’ costume department. His memoirs, discovered in a pillowcase, are presented with labelled photographs, costume designs and movie posters, and feature entertaining anecdotes about many of the stars he dressed.
The Expanding Universe Wall Chart
From the original comic strips to the blockbuster movies, there are hundreds of superheroes, villains and ancillary characters in the Marvel universe. This concertina-folded volume contains information about their history and how their worlds interact, and expands into a twelve-foot wall chart. Age 10+
The Definitive Biography
One of the most charismatic actors of his generation, Peter O'Toole (1932–2013) brought a dangerous edge to both his roles and his life. Drawing on exclusive interviews with colleagues and friends, this biography from the author of Hellraisers paints an intimate picture of a complex, much-loved man. From the mystery of his place of birth through his formative years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the book charts his celebrated performances, his turbulent relationships and his drunken antics.
Arthouse to Exploitation
Italian movie-making has had a profound influence on the development of world cinema and this study considers its evolution from the 'neorealism' of the 1940s and the influence of directors such as Fellini, Antonioni and Leone, to modern Italian films and television drama.
The South Pacific Companion
The war in the Pacific might seem an unlikely setting for a Broadway musical, but Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 adaptation of James A Michener's stories became an instant classic. Packed with production photographs, posters and set designs, this handsome and lovingly produced book charts the show's origins, reproduces the lyrics of classic songs such as 'Some Enchanted Evening' and 'There is Nothin' Like a Dame', and follows the production history of this evergreen hit into the 21st century.
The Old Vic
The Story of a Great Theatre from Kean to Olivier to Spacey
London’s Old Vic theatre opened in 1818 with a rowdy melodrama and continued with Edward Kean’s Richard III being howled down by an audience of ‘unmitigated brutes’. This richly illustrated book charts its 200-year-long history – a rollercoaster ride that included spells as a music hall and temperance tavern, dilapidation and war damage, and its magnificent restoration by Ed Mirvish in 2002, and takes in some of the greatest names in theatrical history, from Lilian Baylis to Laurence Olivier.
There's no one quite like Brian Blessed: actor, storyteller, mountaineer and coffin-maker. In this frank, riotous memoir he recalls his childhood in a Yorkshire mining town, his breakthrough on Z Cars, falling for Katharine Hepburn, raising hell with Peter O'Toole, meeting the love of his life, the actress Hildegard Neil – and punching Harold Pinter down a flight of stairs. ‘No long dramatic pauses this time, Harold; he got one right on the side of the jaw. Wham!’
The Complete Dramatic Works of Tang Xianzu
A contemporary of Shakespeare, Tang Xianzu (1550–1616) is considered China’s greatest playwright, whose lyrical works mark the literary high point of the Ming dynasty. This collection of five major pieces in English translation features The Purple Flute, The Purple Hairpins, The Nanke Dream and The Handan Dream, together with his most celebrated work, The Peony Pavilion, which has 55 scenes and a performance time of 18 hours: ‘in world drama there is no more extensive and beautiful exploration of love’.
Sirens and Sinners
A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918–1933
From the Berlin Kinemathek archive of some 30,000 images dating from the Weimar years, this selection of 443 stills and photographs provides a record of over 70 films of the Weimar years. Accompanied by an authoritative essay and comment, and representing every genre from realist drama to science fiction, the chronological survey includes obscure films as well as masterpieces, including Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora's Box and The Blue Angel, and illuminates a fascinating period in German cinema.
After a post-war career slump, Frank Sinatra established himself as an all-time great from the mid 1950s with a string of hit records and notable films. This second volume of James Kaplan’s biography picks up the story the day after Sinatra received an Oscar for his role in From Here to Eternity and describes the entertainer’s prime and later years, discussing his classic recordings and Rat Pack friendships. Off-mint.
Despite the success of American Graffiti in 1973, George Lucas was unable to get the rights to Flash Gordon, so instead began to develop his own science fiction soap opera. Tracing the director’s roots and influences, this biography recounts the stories of bringing blockbusters such as Star Wars to the screen and assesses Lucas’s profound influence on movie-making, not least through the foundation of special effects and production companies such as Pixar and THX Sound.
Emblem of The American Spirit
Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated film in 1928 and helped establish Disney as a national institution. Co-opted by the pop art generation, Mickey became a cultural icon, used and adapted, often ironically, in product design, satirical literature and contemporary art. This illustrated review investigates the character's original conception and traces its development and subsequent adoption as a shorthand for certain aspects of American culture.
The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra
Already famous as a singer, Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) entered the film industry as a song-and-dance man, but soon demonstrated his versatility in roles ranging from romantic leads to tough guys in films such as Ocean's 11 (1960) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). This book celebrates his career as an actor, pairing more than 200 photographs and posters with commentaries from co-stars including Grace Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr, and essays from his children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr.
Only Fools and Horses
The Peckham Archives
Derek Trotter moved into Nelson Mandela House in Peckham with his family in 1960 and the BBC began broadcasting his adventures with his brother Rodney in 1981, attracting record audiences over the next two decades. This celebration of the sitcom contains stills and behind-the-scenes photographs from the series, profiles of the many supporting characters, spoof correspondence and ephemera and excerpts from John Sullivan's original scripts. Off-mint.
One Leg Too Few
The Adventures of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
Beginning with their Behind the Fringe programme notes on each other, this dual biography not only tells the story of one of the most celebrated and complicated partnerships in British comedy, but also brings together 36 short memoirs by friends and colleagues, and was written with the full co-operation of both comedians' estates. The result is a thorough exploration of how their 'doomed romance' brought laughter to so many.
Since receiving a terminal diagnosis of leukaemia in 2010, Clive James has produced an extraordinary late harvest of poetry and prose. In this collection of essays, he looks back with characteristic wit, humour and perception on a lifetime’s reading, offering his unique insights into writers from Conrad, Hemingway and Larkin to VS Naipaul and WG Sebald. Woven throughout these literary ruminations, moreover, is a thoughtful and moving reflection on life and death.
A History of Ballet
For over 400 years, ballet has captivated audiences with its unique blend of grace, storytelling and artistry. This magisterial history charts its origins in Renaissance France and Italy, its evolution in Russia, and its flowering in 20th century America. The author, a former ballerina, brings a practitioner's insight to the subject, tracing the development of technique and profiling the great dancers and choreographers, while historic photographs transport the reader to the glittering theatres of Paris and St Petersburg.Slightly off-mint. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
British Municipal Cinema 1920–1980
Presenting an overview of the development, achievements and demise of British municipal film and illustrated with stills, this book includes in-depth studies of films and the film-making processes of Bermondsey Borough Council’s Public Health Department and Glasgow Corporation.
From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen
The earliest films were shown at fairgrounds and exhibitions, in the long tradition of novelty light and image entertainments such as the magic lantern shows and moving panorama attractions of the 19th century. This illustrated history traces the roots of cinema back to the camera obscura and examines a range of early photographic technologies that astonished audiences, including Reynaud's Optical Theatre and Edison's Kinetoscope, before the establishment of the modern movie industry in the early 20th century.
The Lost Notebook
Herman Schultheis and The Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic
The Disney production employee Herman Schultheis kept a detailed diary of the special effects he worked on during classic productions such as Fantasia, Dumbo and Pinocchio. The notebook, reproduced and analysed in this volume, lay forgotten for decades and includes revealing technical information about how innovative visual effects were created, as well as the reference photographs used as templates for the animations, and behind-the-scenes shots of sets, artists, directors and voice actors.
The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra
Already famous as a singer, Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) entered the film industry as a comedic song-and-dance man, but soon demonstrated his versatility in roles ranging from romantic leads to tough guys in films such as Ocean's 11 (1960). This handsome book celebrates his career as an actor, pairing more than 200 photographs and posters with reflections from co-stars including Grace Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Treasures of Noël Coward
From the daring playwright of the 1930s and consummate filmmaker of the war years to the witty songwriter and cabaret performer of the 1950s and 1960s, Noël Coward's broad-ranging theatrical career was one of the most interesting and influential of the 20th century. This celebratory volume gives a resumé of his life and achievements and includes a DVD of rare film footage and facsimiles of 21 personal documents including hand-written letters, publicity material, photographs, lyrics and song sheets.
The War Years 1941–1945
The United States had not entered the Second World War when Wonder Woman was launched by DC Comics in 1941 but her first adventure pitted her against German and Japanese spies and her stories were regularly war-related thereafter. This celebration explores how the character was created by a psychologist who believed in the superiority of women, and reproduces over 20 full-length stories, first published between 1941 and 1945, as well as cover artworks and advertisements.
A Play in Three Acts by Sean O'Casey
Set in 1913, a year of industrial turmoil in Ireland, O’Casey’s play focuses on the workers’ strikes and riots as they converged on a Dublin church busy with its harvest festival preparations. Written around 1918–19, but never performed, this is O’Casey’s earliest extant play, published for the first time in this 1979 edition, with an introduction by John O’Riordan. Slightly off-mint.
The Russian Symbolist Theatre
An Anthology of Plays and Critical Texts
In the years before the Russian Revolution, many of the country’s leading dramatists rejected the realism of their predecessors in favour of a symbolism inspired by Ibsen and Maeterlinck. This unique anthology brings to life the heady fin-de-siècle Russian theatre with translations of plays by Blok, Sologub and Kuzmin, alongside polemical essays by Briusov, Bely and others. A general introduction and insightful prefaces set the writers and their work in their cultural and historical context.
Stars in Battledress
A Light-Hearted Look at Service Entertainment in the Second World War
Many of the stars of post-war British entertainment cut their teeth in Army entertainment; established artistes as part of ENSA and, braving the front lines, Stars in Battledress using talent drawn from the serving ranks. This book recounts the stories of such members as Charlie Chester and Spike Milligan as well as tales of the post-war Combined Service Entertainment in which Frankie Howerd and Stanley Baxter learned their trade.
A Dance Through Time
Images of Western Social Dancing from the Middle Ages to Modern Times
Where depictions of peasant revels may be exuberant and unfettered, the stately codes of formal dance before the modern era created a tension between sobriety and decorum and underlying emotion or sexual tension. This art history curates images of dance from the Bodleian Library and explores their different meanings and themes, including how artists have conveyed the movement of dance technically and the social and historical information that can be gleaned from depictions of dancing, instructional illustrations and satirical sketches.
I Know Nothing!
Much loved as the Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, Andrew Sachs (1930-2016) was born in Berlin rather than Barcelona and fled to England in 1938 after his father was arrested by the Gestapo. In this compelling and often hilarious memoir he tells of his early years in showbiz, the success of the infamous Torquay hotel, and his acting career beyond Fawlty, which included Shakespeare, Dustin Hoffman's Quartet, a stint as Father Brown, and Snowy in BBC Radio 5's Tintin.
The Jazz Composer
Moving Music off the Paper
Internationally renowned jazz composer Graham Collier (1937–2011) offers a radical analysis of the composer’s place in a genre associated with improvization and traditional ‘standards’. Looking back over the development of jazz composition, he considers the work of such important figures as Gil Evans and ‘acknowedged genius’ Duke Ellington. He then examines the new directions taken by contemporary jazz, illustrating his points with examples from his own music and anecdotes from his life. References to websites may no longer be valid.
Tales of a Tiller Girl
My True Story of Dancing in Wartime London
In the early 1950s, after growing up in Battersea, dancing with the Italia Conti school on the West End stages of wartime London and performing through summer seasons in Blackpool and winter seasons in pantomime, Irene Holland won a coveted place in the Tiller Girls troupe at the London Palladium. Her very engaging memoir describes her passion for dancing and the thrill of achieving her ambition.
Masques, Mayings and Music-Dramas
Vaughan Williams and the Early Twentieth-Century Stage
These eight essays elucidate a significant moment in the renaissance of English music-theatre. Focusing particularly on Vaughan Williams, they show how Wagner’s ideas influenced English composers who were reimagining dramatic traditions going back to Mummers’ plays, 17th-century masques and the music of Purcell.
My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man
The actors who would create the iconic parts of Spock and Kirk in Star Trek were both 23 when they met on the set of The Man from UNCLE in 1964. In this affectionate biography, Shatner gives an account of Leonard Nimoy’s life and career from the perspective of their long friendship.
What I Learnt
What My Listeners Say – and Why We Should Take Notice
Jeremy Vine succeeded Jimmy Young as presenter of Radio 2's phone-in show in 2003 and since then has taken over 25,000 calls – including the joyous, the furious and the occasional joker. As well as his radio show, Vine is a familiar face on television, and his book describes working on everything from general election coverage to Strictly Come Dancing, but his emphasis is on his listeners ‘and all the surprises they spring’. Slightly off-mint.
A Very Courageous Decision
The Inside Story of Yes Minister
In 1980, when Britain had no 24-hour television news, internet, Twitter or demands for ‘transparency’, the cogs of government turned most mysteriously. Public enlightenment came with an intelligent, well-informed and hilarious TV series: Yes Minister and its sequel, Yes Prime Minister, which revealed and mercilessly lampooned what went on in Whitehall and Westminster. Graham McCann tells the story of the series and seeks out the real political fiascos that inspired it. Slightly off-mint.
Three Hundred Years of Composers' Instruments
The Cobbe Collection
This catalogue of the Cobbe Collection of keyboard instruments at Hatchlands Park comprises detailed descriptions, technical information and photographs of over 40 instruments, ranging in date from Charles II’s virginals (1664) to an organ by JW Walker of London (1903) and includes instruments that belonged to, among others, Bach, Haydn, Chopin and Elgar.
Medea and Other Plays
Four tragedies are presented in this modern prose translation – the relatively light Alcestis contrasting with the darker human passions of Medea, The Children of Heracles and Hippolytus. A general introduction and individual prefaces to each play provide context and analysis. (Previously published as Alcestis and Other Plays.)
The Lady in the Van
The Complete Edition
In 1974, Miss Shepherd parked her van in Alan Bennett’s front garden; and there she stayed until her death in 1989. Yet Miss Shepherd lives on as ‘the lady in the van’ in Bennett’s play and the film starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. Illustrated with colour photographs and David Gentleman’s sketches, this book contains the film script, along with a foreword by the director Nicholas Hytner, a new introduction by Bennett, and his original ‘Memoir’, first published in 1989.
Sci-fi Psychology - 3 Books
Science fiction and fantasy have given programmes such as Star Trek and Doctor Who the freedom to explore controversial social issues and, on a personal level, questions of emotion, identity, memory and the perception of reality. In these books, each comprising 19 or 20 essays, the contributors analyse psychological problems raised by the adventures of the space and time explorers. The three titles included in this set are: Star Wars Psychology (Read more...) Doctor Who Psychology (Read more...) Star Trek Psychology (Read more...)
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Grace Kelly became an Academy Award-winning actress, starring with Hollywood’s leading men, a favourite and a friend of Alfred Hitchcock and a style icon for millions; in 1956 she left America, married Prince Rainier of Monaco and became Princess Gracia, renowned for her benevolence and unwavering poise. In this biography, Thilo Wydra explores the ambivalence that coloured Grace’s personality, drawing on her letters to Hitchcock and an interview with her son, as he examines a life ‘in two halves’. Off-mint.