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Never So Good  

Never So Good $19.95 ex GST
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None of us knew what we were doing, of course. At the beginning of the Great war, the world was a ripening peach, and we were eating it. And looking back, how lovely we were, and so earnest, and innocent.

Set against a backdrop of fading Empire, war, the Suez crisis, vintage champagne, adultery and vicious Tory politics at the Ritz, Howard Brenton's Never So Good paints the portrait of a brilliant, witty but complex man, at times comically and, in the end, tragically out of kilter with his times.

Harold Macmillan, the Eton-educated idealist who rushed, with Homer's Iliad under his arm, to do his duty in the Grenadier Guards, is tormented by the harsh experiences of war and an unhappy marriage. His career in the 1930s is blocked by his loyalty to Winston Churchill, and he nearly loses his life in the Second World War. When at last he  becomes Prime Minster he is brought down by the Profumo scandal.

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Cast : 12M, 2F

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-551-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

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HOWARD BRENTON’S plays include Anne Boleyn, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Never So Good, I n Extremis, an adaptation of Goethe’s Faust, Paul and Berlin Bertie – all published by NHB. Other plays include a version of Danton’s Death, The Romans in Britain, Pravda and Weapons of Happiness. Brenton was also one of the core writers on the BBC’s BAFTA -winning espionage series Spooks


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