It's a good chronology of some of the most well known English writers. Don't forget that not all of the people mentioned in this book are important writers, and some very important ones have been - suspiciously - omitted altogether, as if the author had some kind of a personal problem with them! Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and other major writers have not even been mentioned, whereas some very obscure ones have been discussed in detail. Read it as a complementary source. But whatever this book is, it's not a comprehensive record, and not one to be trusted.
A violent chance encounter in a small Turkish fishing village results in a murder, for which Fisherman Selim is unfairly blamed. This tale of violence and obsession has been written by one of Turkey's leading contemporary novelists, the recipient of the Varlik Prize for "Memed, My Hawk".
Sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds in Evelyn Waugh's dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul.
The book leaves the reader informed about each writer's main output, sensitive to the special character of his gifts and aware of the writer's place in the story of English literature as a whole. A lucid and readable guide, it is invaluable both to the student of English literature and to the general reader.
"Madmen and Specialists" is a play by Wole Soyinka, conceived in 1970 during his imprisonment in the Nigerian Civil War. The play, Soyinka's eighth, has close links to the Theatre of the Absurd. Abiola Irele (in the Lagos Sunday Times) called it "a nightmarish image of our collective life as it appears to a detached and reflective consciousness". "Madmen and Specialists" is considered Soyinka's most pessimistic play, dealing with "man's inhumanity and pervasive corruption in structures of power". The plot concerns Dr. Bero, a corrupt specialist, who imprisons and torments his physician father.
This rich and varied collection embraces light-hearted extravaganzas on survival at the hairdressers and the awfulness of school holidays, more serious essays on topics ranging from the Greek heritage to a hospital for the dying, and wickedly accurate attacks on attitudes both fashionable and trad.
This is an updated edition of a comprehensive history of the British film industry from its inception to the present day, with minute listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema. Brian McFarlane's meticulously researched guide is the most authoritative book yet produced on the people involved in British film. This unparalleled volume is fully illustrated with numerous rare black and white photos of film stars and film-makers from the 1920s to the present day. The end result is an invaluable addition to the reference shelf of anyone with an interest in British cinema. The definitive companion to British film, updated with new entries, it is an essential reference book for enthusiasts, universities and libraries. It includes an Introduction by Philip French, chief film reviewer for the "Observer".