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The Iron Sea - How the Allies Hunted and Destroyed Hitler's Warships (Hardcover): Simon Read The Iron Sea - How the Allies Hunted and Destroyed Hitler's Warships (Hardcover)
Simon Read
R610 R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Save R125 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The sea had become a mass grave by 1941 as Hitler's four capital warships--Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Tirpitz, and Bismarck, the largest warship on the ocean--roamed the wind-swept waves, threatening the Allied war effort and sending thousands of men to the icy depths of the North Atlantic. Bristling with guns and steeled in heavy armor, these reapers of the sea could outrun and outgun any battleship in the Allied arsenal. The deadly menace kept Winston Churchill awake at night; he deemed them "targets of supreme consequence." The campaign against Hitler's surface fleet would continue into the dying days of World War II and involve everything from massive warships engaged in bloody, fire-drenched battle to daring commando raids in German occupied harbors. This is the fast-paced story of the Allied bomber crews, brave sailors, and bold commandoes who "sunk the Bismarck" and won a hard-fought victory over Hitler's iron sea. Using official war diaries, combat reports, eyewitness accounts and personal letters, Simon Read brings the action and adventure to vivid life. The result is an enthralling and gripping story of the Allied heroes who fought on a watery battlefield.

Private Peaceful a Play for an Ensemble (Paperback): Michael Morpurgo, Simon Reade Private Peaceful a Play for an Ensemble (Paperback)
Michael Morpurgo, Simon Reade
R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Private Peaceful (DVD): Richard Griffiths, Jack O'Connell, Frances De La Tour, John Lynch, Maxine Peake, Isobel... Private Peaceful (DVD)
Richard Griffiths, Jack O'Connell, Frances De La Tour, John Lynch, Maxine Peake, … 2
R125 Discovery Miles 1 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Coming-of-age British war drama based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Tommo (George McKay) and Charlie (Jack O'Connell) are two teenaged brothers from a poor Devonshire family. The outbreak of World War One shatters the family's rural idyll as both boys join up, leaving behind the beautiful Molly (Alexandra Roach), with whom they are both passionately in love. As the young men face the horrors of war, their brotherly bond is subjected to the ultimate test.

Dark City - Murder, Vice, and Mayhem in Wartime London (Paperback): Simon Read Dark City - Murder, Vice, and Mayhem in Wartime London (Paperback)
Simon Read
R291 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The blackout went into effect three days before the declaration of war and transformed nocturnal London into a criminal's paradise. As the city pulled together in the face of terrible adversity, the bomb-ravaged streets became the stalking grounds for killers, rapists, looters and gangs. The number of bodies retrieved during the Blitz made it impossible for the authorities to autopsy them all, providing cover to those who worked with blades, guns and more sinister tools. Scotland Yard - its resources stretched to the limit - did its best to tackle a rogues' gallery born of bombs and blackout, and crimes that continue to fascinate from history's darkest corners. In Dark City, award-winning crime writer Simon Read paints a vivid picture of the other side of wartime London, from the Blackout Ripper and the Acid Bath Murders, to the notorious Rillington Place killer and his house of corpses.

Private Peaceful (Paperback): Simon Reade Private Peaceful (Paperback)
Simon Reade; Michael Morpurgo
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by the third Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War. This edition also includes introductory essays by Michael Morpurgo, Associate Director of Private Peaceful production Mark Leipacher, as well as an essay from Simon Reade, adaptor & director of this stage adaptation of Private Peaceful.

What You Will (DVD): Alex Avery, Oliver Dimsdale, Sandy Foster, Poppy Miller, Victoria Moseley, Ferdy Roberts, Gemma Saunders,... What You Will (DVD)
Alex Avery, Oliver Dimsdale, Sandy Foster, Poppy Miller, Victoria Moseley, … 1
R97 Discovery Miles 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An anarchic improvised drama-cum-documentary following the actors in a young theatre company as they try to stage their radical reinvention of 'Twelfth Night'. Treading a fine line between fact and fiction, the narrative revolves around the leading players' attempts to deal with a cast member's colossal self-importance, which threatens to derail not only the show, but the company itself. With the actual performance of 'Twelfth Night' having been shot live and incorporated into the fly-on-the-wall narrative, the rising tensions between the cast and their determination to carry on no matter what, soon begin to mirror the central themes of the play, further blurring the line between reality and fiction.

Winston Churchill Reporting - Adventures of a Young War Correspondent (Hardcover): Simon Read Winston Churchill Reporting - Adventures of a Young War Correspondent (Hardcover)
Simon Read
R480 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R70 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Long before his finest hour as Britain's wartime leader, Winston Churchill emerged on the world stage as a brazen foreign correspondent, covering wars of empire in Cuba, India, the Sudan, and South Africa.In those far-flung corners of the world, reporting from the front lines between 1895 and 1900, Churchill mastered his celebrated command of language and formed strong opinions about war. He thought little of his own personal safety, so convinced was he of his destiny, jumping at any chance to be where bullets flew and canons roared. "I have faith in my star- that I am intended to do something in the world," he wrote to his mother at the age of twenty-three before heading into battle.Based on his private letters and war reportage, Winston Churchill Reporting intertwines young Winston's daring exploits in combat, adventures in distant corners of the globe, and rise as a major literary talent- experiences that shaped the world leader he was to become.

Not the End of the World (Paperback): Geraldine McCaughrean, Simon Reade Not the End of the World (Paperback)
Geraldine McCaughrean, Simon Reade
R255 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R22 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Forty days below the decks of a ship in relentless storms. Squalid conditions, a cargo of animals, and the man in charge claims he is acting on God's orders. An ensemble cast tells the exhilarating and gripping story of the world's first natural disaster, and the making of the world's first Middle Eastern religious fanatic. The novel on which this play is based was a winner of the Whitbread Award 2004.

Private Peaceful (Paperback): Michael Morpurgo Private Peaceful (Paperback)
Michael Morpurgo; Adapted by Simon Reade
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A stunning adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's elegaic novel of the First World War. As young Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood from the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside. But the clock is ticking, and every moment that Tommo spends remembering how things used to be, means another moment closer to something that will change his life forever. Adapted for schools by Simon Reade from Michael Morpurgo's poignant and deeply moving novel of the First World War, the play is ideal for use in the classroom and the drama studio. The extensive resource section provides many opportunities for drama, discussion, wider reading and writing.

An Elephant in the Garden (Paperback): Michael Morpurgo An Elephant in the Garden (Paperback)
Michael Morpurgo; Adapted by Simon Reade
R333 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An Elephant in the Garden is Simon Reade's new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling children's novel. 1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon. It is Lizzie's story - but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, loadbearing, indestructible, cheering - Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

Various Artists - Michael Morpurgo: The Mozart Question (CD): Michael Morpurgo, Nicholas Collon, Alison Reid, Jack Liebeck,... Various Artists - Michael Morpurgo: The Mozart Question (CD)
Michael Morpurgo, Nicholas Collon, Alison Reid, Jack Liebeck, Simon Reade, …
R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Ships in 7 - 13 working days
Dear Mr Shakespeare... (Paperback, New): Simon Reade Dear Mr Shakespeare... (Paperback, New)
Simon Reade 2
R391 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R84 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A wonderful book for aficionados, actors, academics, and audiences alike. This is a unique introduction and guide to Shakespeare's life and times, a uniquely modern take on Shakespeare by a man uniquely qualified to write about him. Imagines Shakespeare having to deal with the attitudes of modern times.

Morpurgo: War Plays (Paperback): Simon Reade Morpurgo: War Plays (Paperback)
Simon Reade; Created by Michael Morpurgo
R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Three war plays by Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, powerfully dramatised by Simon Reade.Private Peaceful relives the short life of Tommo growing up in rural Devon before fighting the battles and facing the injustices of the First World War. In Toro Toro young Antonito liberates his favourite bull from the ritualised killing of the bullfight as he tries to escape the Spanish Civil War. In The Mozart Question Paolo Levi discovers the astonishing truth about his parents' flight to Venice from the gas chambers of the Second World War.Each play is accompanied by an introduction from Michael Morpurgo.

Back to the Black - How to Become Debt-Free and Stay That Way (Paperback, New edition): Michael J. Macmahon Back to the Black - How to Become Debt-Free and Stay That Way (Paperback, New edition)
Michael J. Macmahon; Foreword by Simon Read
R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'Back to the Black - How to become debt-free and stay that way', is for those worried about debt and wanting to know how to manage the situation. By viewing the problem as a coach or a counsellor would, you'll learn strategies for handling stress and formulating a plan. You'll find out how to fix a repayment schedule that'll shorten the time until you are debt-free; and discover some simple ways to track your spending while still enjoying life. After reading this book you will feel more confident of your ability to handle your debt situation...and you'll have a plan for doing so. You'll soon discover how to evaluate your current circumstances; how to set realistic goals for reducing your debt; how to develop a list of options; and how to calculate your discretionary income. This book also provides a comprehensive 'Resources' section, that outlines what further support is available to help ensure that a debt-free life is maintained after reading 'Back to the Black'.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Paperback, New): Simon Reade Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Paperback, New)
Simon Reade; Lewis Carroll
R292 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R21 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Alice falls down a mysterious rabbit hole she stumbles upon a magical fantasy world where anything can happen . . . Take tea with the Mad Hatter, meet the White Rabbit, grin with the Cheshire Cat, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, but whatever you do . . . don't lose your head Lewis Carroll's classic characters spring to life in an enchanting show for the whole family, bursting with music, madness and mystery.Simon Reade's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's much-loved fantasy classic" Alice's Adventures in Wonderland "is a witty and brilliantly inventive re-working, which won the TMA Award for Best Show for Young People.

Moon Tiger (Paperback, New): Penelope Lively Moon Tiger (Paperback, New)
Penelope Lively; Adapted by Simon Reade
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Claudia Hampton is a popular historian, a strong, beautiful and difficult woman. Now in her seventies, she is plotting her greatest work - a history of the world. She looks back over her life growing up between the wars and remembers the people who have shared its triumphs and tragedies. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of her daughter, and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost during the El Alamein campaign when she worked as a war correspondent. Against a background of world events, Claudia's own remarkable story provokes a sharp combination of sadness, shock and amusement. Simon Reade's adaptation is introduced by Penelope Lively herself. Compelling, moving and eloquent, one of the great novels of the 20th century is brought to the stage for the first time. Winner of the 1987 Booker Prize, Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger is a haunting story of loss and desire.

Twist of Gold (Paperback): Simon Reade Twist of Gold (Paperback)
Simon Reade; Created by Michael Morpurgo
R293 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With famine gripping Ireland, Sean and Annie have just one chance of survival - they must find their father. Leaving their dying mother behind, they travel across rough seas to America. With only the gold torch that Annie wears as a necklace to protect them, they embark on a long and dangerous journey. But will they ever be reunited with their family? Twist of Gold is an epic adventure, a classic novel by the masterful storyteller and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.

Producers' Choice - Six Plays for Young Performers - Promise; Oedipus/Antigone; Tory Boyz; Butterfly Club; Alice's... Producers' Choice - Six Plays for Young Performers - Promise; Oedipus/Antigone; Tory Boyz; Butterfly Club; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Punk Rock (Paperback)
D J Britton, James Graham, Megan Barker, Sarah May, Simon Reade, …
R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Producers' Choice: Six Plays for Young Performers showcases some of the best plays for young people produced by the UK's leading theatre companies. The plays are ideal for young performers aged 13-25 and offer a diverse range of challenges, styles and subjects. The volume will prove essential for teachers and students of Drama and for youth drama groups. The plays include modern reworkings of classics, such as Simon Reade's witty and brilliantly inventive adaptation of Lewis Carroll's much-loved fantasy, and DJ Britton's version of Sophocles' Theban plays, the tragic Oedipus/Antigone. Contemporary teenage issues are dealt with in Megan Barker's beautiful and uplifting Promise and Sarah May's The Butterfly Club. Simon Stephens' hit-play Punk Rock set in a grammar school explores dislocation and aggression among sixth form pupils; James Graham's Tory Boyz is a fast-paced, political comedy about prejudice and ambition in Westminster. Each play features production notes and the volume is introduced by Paul Roseby, Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre. For schools, youth theatre groups and drama colleges this anthology of thematically and stylistically diverse plays will prove an invaluable resource.

The Scarecrow and his Servant (Paperback): Philip Pullman The Scarecrow and his Servant (Paperback)
Philip Pullman; Adapted by Simon Reade
R256 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R22 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Outrageously zany and filled with non-stop surprises, Simon Reade's theatrical adaptation of "The Scarecrow and His Servant" (a children's tale by renowned author Philip Pullman), is an enchanting play for young readers and performers.

Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers (Hardcover): Simon Read Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers (Hardcover)
Simon Read 1
R349 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R70 (20%) Out of stock

In March 1944, 76 Allied officers tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III. Of the 73 captured, 50 were shot by direct order of Hitler. This is the story of how a British Bobby from Blackpool, Frank McKenna, was sent to post-war Germany on the express orders from Churchill to bring the Gestapo murderers to justice. In a quest that ranges from the devastated, bombed out cities of Europe to the horrors of the concentrations camps, McKenna is relentless in his pursuit. A gripping read set in the aftermath of World War II.

Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers (Paperback): Simon Read Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers (Paperback)
Simon Read 1
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Out of stock

In March 1944, 76 Allied officers tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III. Of the 73 captured, 50 were shot by direct order of Hitler. This is the story of how a British Bobby from Blackpool, Frank McKenna, was sent to post-war Germany on the express orders from Churchill to bring the Gestapo murderers to justice. In a quest that ranges from the devastated, bombed out cities of Europe to the horrors of the concentrations camps, McKenna is relentless in his pursuit. A gripping read set in the aftermath of World War II.

100 Ways to Beat the Credit Crunch (Paperback, New edition): Annie Shaw, Simon Read, Laura Howard 100 Ways to Beat the Credit Crunch (Paperback, New edition)
Annie Shaw, Simon Read, Laura Howard; Foreword by Adrian Coles 1
R255 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R42 (16%) Out of stock

In these hard-pressed times we could all use a helping hand. The first in the great 'Beat the Credit Crunch' series, 100 Ways to Beat the Credit Crunch offers well over 100 great tips and advice on how to save money, in every aspect of our lives, from how to sort out your personal finance with the best mortgage and banking deals to budget food shopping and cutting the cost of holidays. Written by the experts of CashQuestions.com in an accessible style, this guide provides real, usable advice that will help you survive the rockiest of times.

Human Game - Hunting the Great Escape Murderers (MP3 format, CD): Simon Read Human Game - Hunting the Great Escape Murderers (MP3 format, CD)
Simon Read; Read by Joe Jameson
R206 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R50 (24%) Out of stock
Private Peaceful - A Play For A Small Ensemble (Paperback): Simon Reade Private Peaceful - A Play For A Small Ensemble (Paperback)
Simon Reade; Morpurgo Michael
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Out of stock

The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the death of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord. Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes. It tells the story of a country lad fighting a war he doesn't understand for people he cannot respect. We join 18-year-old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches as he tells us a story of courage, devotion and sibling rivalry on what may be his last night on earth. Private Peaceful was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, won the Red House Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award and is acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Butterfly Lion) to be his favourite work. This new, small ensemble version by Simon Reade was commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse.

The Case That Foiled Fabian - Murder and Witchcraft in Rural England (Paperback): Simon Read The Case That Foiled Fabian - Murder and Witchcraft in Rural England (Paperback)
Simon Read 1
R342 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R63 (18%) Out of stock

On Wednesday 14 February 1945, the body of Charles Walton was discovered on the lower slopes of Meon Hill near the sleepy Warwickshire village of Lower Quinton, his torso pinned to the ground by a pitchfork. Myths and rumours soon swirled about the crime. Accounts claim Walton, a retired labourer and a lifelong resident of Lower Quinton, was believed by many to be a clairvoyant who could talk to birds and exercise control over animals. It has even been reported that many villagers attributed Walton's death to ritual witchcraft. But what is fact and what is fiction? The most famous police officer in Britain, Chief Inspector Robert Fabian, was promptly dispatched by Scotland Yard to solve this increasingly peculiar and foreboding mystery. `Fabian of the Yard' was not a man prone to superstition and had dealt with some of the most notorious killers of his time - but there was something strange about the Walton murder. Did the clues point to ritual witchcraft as the modus operandi, or was the black magic angle merely a ruse? With the villagers unable - or unwilling - to shed light on the matter, Fabian faced, for the only time in his glittering career, the daunting prospect of failure. The Case That Foiled Fabian lays out for the first time what actually happened and distills the truth from the many myths about this case that are today mistaken for facts.

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