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  • Ethics and Children's Literatureby Claudia Mills

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Exploring the ethical questions posed by, in, and about children’s literature, this collection examines the way texts intended for children raise questions of value, depict the moral development of their characters, and call into attention shared moral presuppositions. Even as children’s literature has evolved in opposition to its origins... more...

  • The Ginger Ale Boy (NHB Modern Plays)by Enda Walsh

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 11.65

    Enda Walsh's very first, previously unpublished play, is a Cork cabaret about a ventriloquist who loses control. First staged by Corcadorca Theatre Company at Granary Theatre, Cork, 1995. more...

  • The Small Things (NHB Modern Plays)by Enda Walsh

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 11.65

    A fierce and devastating fable about enforced silence - commissioned and premiered by Paines Plough, one of Britain's leading new-writing companies, to open their This Other England season at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Two houses, each perched on a mountain top, stare at each other across a deep valley. A man and a woman talk about... more...

  • A Muse and a Mazeby Peter Turchi

    Trinity University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    With his characteristic genius for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle-making and its flip-side, puzzle-solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling,... more...

  • The Berry Manby Patricia Cornelius

    Currency Press 2014; US$ 17.99

    The Berry Man is a searing indictment of the consequences of war, with the humour and fragile, flawed characters that are a trademark of Cornelius' writing. Eric, a Vietnam vet, has inherited a farm but struggles to grow a single crop. Marjorie, his fiercely independent but troubled neighbour, is unaware of the wartime horrors that plague him.... more...

  • Guernicaby Nick Flynn

    Haymarket Books 2014; US$ 24.95

    A Guernica magazine anthology of the best features, interviews, fiction, poetry and Guernica Daily articles published over the past year. more...

  • Writing and Selling Drama Screenplaysby Lucy V. Hay

    Oldcastle Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    It may be drama features that win the most awards and kudos from critics, but in the current marketplace you're unlikely to sell a drama screenplay in the way you would a genre script. Breaking down the nuts and bolts of what differentiates drama from genre, Writing and Selling Drama Screenplays will consider questions such as: What is 'emotional... more...

  • Bird and other monologues for young women (NHB Modern Plays)by Laura Lomas

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    A cutting-edge monologue that throws light on the experience of a teenager in contemporary Britain, from one of the country's most exciting young playwrights. It?s four in the morning and Leah is waiting for her boyfriend to call. Over the course of a single night she tells us what it?s like to be fourteen, fearless and full of love. But everything... more...

  • Thyestesby Seneca; Caryl Churchill

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    A violent tragedy by a contemporary of Nero, in a faithful and uncut translation by one of our leading dramatists. Atreus, Agamemnon's father, takes revenge on his brother Thyestes by murdering Thyestes's sons and serving their flesh up for their father's dinner. 'a bleakly eloquent new translation... leaves you deeply impressed' - Sunday Times... more...

  • The Distance (NHB Modern Plays)by Deborah Bruce

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    A painfully funny play about motherhood (and fatherhood), about keeping control, and about letting go. Good friends should be there for one another no matter what. But when Bea returns home after five years abroad, having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her, or even to understand. One night in Brighton, things... more...