'Chanson', based on true events and with songs from the perios, tells the story of French singer, Marcel~brooding, rough-and-ready and from the wrong side of the tracks, he arrived in Paris in 1934... More > and was discovered singing in the streets by Gérard, the impresario. When the play opens it is 1944. Paris is under the Nazi jackboot and Marcel is star attraction at Gérard's nightclub, Levalle's, the most famous in town. When Gérard is murdered, Marcel's life falls apart. He ends his relationship with his girlfriend, and can no longer see his mistress because her husband is home on leave. While trudging the streets, drunk after curfew, he is picked up by Jurgen, a young German lieutenant who has worshipped him from afar for some time. Initially their relationship is platonic. As time passes, however, a deep bond develops between the two men as Marcel fights his demons to rebuild his shattered career~while the Liberation approaches, bringing triumph and tragedy in equal measure. WARNING: contains strong language< Less
The daughter of a British wartime spy and an Austro-Hungarian baroness, Marianne Faithfull epitomised the perfect English rose~immaculate bone structure, long blonde hair, angelic features and a... More > cut-glass accent. An icon of the Sixties, she is remembered less for the beautiful songs she performed back then than she is for infiltrating the Rolling Stones' court and becoming consort to the Prince of Pop himself, Mick Jagger. Her subsequent fall from grace made world headlines, yet in the face of the harshest adversity she dragged herself out of the mire to become one of the most respected, adored, and profoundly talented entertainers to have ever graced the world stage. A living legend, Marianne Faithfull may well be the finest and most distinguished female singer in Britain today.
KATHY KIRBY: Britain’s glamorous answer to Marilyn Monroe—a phenomenally talented but tetchy individual for whom there was no such thing as a bad take.
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Much of the world has been destroyed by the gods. Darvinz, a boy from the Zarumna flatlands—regarded as a freak because of his unusual complexion, is chosen by the god Koizh to redeem his race... More > by embarking on a journey to find the lost city of Korazunta. His trials are many. In the Korun Desert he slumbers in the Pool of Ivos and seemingly attains manhood overnight, awakening a powerfully-built six-and-a-half-foot demi-god. Reaching the settlement of Zembora he is told to procreate with the last woman there, Colas, but also falls for Yannis, her beautiful brother. He finds Korazunta, ruled by the evil King Nataam, his exact double who sentences him to death. He is saved by Amaak, a rebel-leader whose people are held captive here. They become lovers and escape to Amaak’s mountain settlement to prepare an insurrection against Nataam—from which point it emerges that Darvinz is the Chosen One, written about in the Sacred Scrolls, and himself a god.
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There is renewed interest in Richard III since the discovery of his remains when it was revealed he was not the hunchbacked monster of Tudor myth but a tall, handsome man who suffered from scoliosis... More > of the spine. If the Tudor propagandists perpetrated this myth,what else was made up? Richard remains the most controversial monarch in British history. Edward IV’s sudden death plunged England into chaos. As protector of his young sons, they were placed in the Tower and never seen again, setting in motion a mystery which has never been solved. Did Richard kill his nephews, or were they dispatched by the Duke of Buckingham, or by Henry Tudor and mother, Margaret Beaufort? What was the nature of the relationship between Richard and Buckingham? Was he just too trusting of this conniving man, caught out when at his weakest—mourning a brother he had adored? The fact that he has thousands of devoted supporters over 500 years after his death points to the fact that Richard III was more than a king. He was a legend.< Less
Much of the world has been destroyed by the gods. Darvinz, a boy from the Zarumna flatlands—regarded as a freak because of his unusual complexion, is chosen by the God, Koizh, to redeem his... More > race by embarking on a journey to find the lost city of Korazunta. His trials are many. In the Korun Desert he slumbers in the Pool of Ivos and seemingly attains manhood overnight, awakening a powerfully-built six-and-a-half-foot demi-god. Reaching the settlement of Zembora he is told to procreate with the last woman there, Colas, but also falls for Yannis, her beautiful brother. He finds Korazunta, ruled by the evil King Nataam, his double who sentences him to death. He is saved by Amaak, a rebel-leader whose people are held captive here. They become lovers and escape to Amaak’s mountain settlement to prepare an insurrection against Nataam—from which point it emerges that Darvinz is the Chosen One, written about in the Sacred Scrolls, and himself a god.
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Edward IV has always been overshadowed by his controversial younger brother Richard III, and is most remembered for his pursuit of pleasure~the archetypal medieval playboy. There was considerably... More > more to him than this. During the first half of his reign he was an astute military tactician who never lost a battle, a courageous, approachable monarch loved by his subjects. The second half of his reign finds him different. With his Treasury solvent having being stretched quelling a decade of civil unrest, and with England's peace marred only by the murky intrigues of his brother Clarence, Edward was free to indulge in his fancies. He lived extravagantly, and though devoted to his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, played the field~there were hundreds of women and at least one male lover. Sadly, he ate himself into an early grave, leaving England to face the most chaotic period in its history thus far. Celebrity biographer David Bret has nurtured a lifelong passion for the Plantagenet kings, and is a fervent Ricardian.< Less
At eighteen, Jeanne Bourgeois was an 'added attraction' at the Eldorado: ten years later, as Mistinguett, she was the toast of Paris. During a career spanning sixty years, her temper and meanness... More > became almost as famous as her panache of plumes, exotic costumes and a clutch of songs delivered in her quaint, inimitable style. Her love affairs with the famous ~ mostly with men many years her junior ~ made her infamous. The one with Maurice Chevalier made them the most renowned couple in Paris, but by her own admission the great love of her life was with the bisexual American dancer, Harry Pilcer, who shares centre-stage with her in this play. Colleagues and lovers alike were terrified of her, yet for her fans she could do no wrong. She was also the heroine of two world wars: as such when she died in 1956, she was laid in state at the Madeleine. David Bret's play contains her theme tune, 'Mon homme', along with his English adaptations of other famous Miss and Pilcer songs. There is some strong language.< Less
One of the world's highest-paid entertainers, Gracie Fields cut hundreds of recordings, starred in a series of optimistically-titled films whose scenarios reflected the spirit of the Depression, and... More > never lost her popularity. Her personal and professional life was plagued by controversy, media prejudice and tragedy. She married three times. Then there were the lovers, a mixture of painters, actors and soldiers. The action of this play takes place in London during the 1960s, when Gracie is preparing for another appearance on the Royal Performance and suffering professional and personal crises. The arrival of pop has part convinced her that her kind of music has gone out of fashion. Then come two blasts from the past: Irene, the stepdaughter who accompanied her around the world when she was the biggest draw in Britain-and Ted, her fighter pilot lover who swept her off her feet during the war. The play ends with Gracie regaining her confidence and entertaining a new audience with the songs which made her famous.< Less
Cilla Black was the only important British female singer to emerge from the "Mersey Sound" explosion of the early 1960s. The archetypal girl-next-door, her speciality was powerhouse... More > Continental ballads, with which she was unrivalled. "The Barefoot Princess From Dagenham", Sandie Shaw was one of the decade's most alluring images. She topped the British charts three times and romped to victory in the Eurovision Song Contest at a time when the songs were worth listening to. Lulu was the wee Scottish lassie with the voice which could demolish a skyscraper. Hers was a bigger struggle than most, from Glasgow tenement block to superstardom. She starred in one good movie, was the only Brit Girl to top the US charts, married a Bee Gee, and also won Eurovision. Like Sandie, following a slump in her career she briefly returned to chart glory, singing with the boy band, Take That. Also in this series: Brit Girls Of The Sixties Volume One: Dusty Springfield & Helen Shapiro; Volume Two: Marianne Faithfull & Kathy Kirby.< Less
For the first time in a massive, single 133,000-word volume!
KATHY KIRBY: Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, for whom there was no such thing as a bad take.
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: The enigmatic,... More > much-missed creator of the unique style known as “blue-eyed soul”.
CILLA BLACK: The only important female singer to emerge from the “Mersey Sound”, whose speciality was powerhouse ballads with which she was unrivalled.
HELEN SHAPIRO: The teenage sensation whose commercial career ended as the other Brit Girls were coming into their own.
MARIANNE FAITHFULL: The most enigmatic of the Brit Girls, no less popular today than back then, one of the world’s most prestigious entertainers.
SANDIE SHAW: The “Barefoot Princess” and one of the decade’s most alluring images.
LULU: The wee Scottish lassie with the voice which could demolish a skyscraper—the only Brit Girl to top the US chart.
Best-selling biographer David Bret tells their story with affection, honesty and compassion.< Less