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A Marvellous Year for Plums  

A Marvellous Year for Plums $20.86 ex GST
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Britain in 1956: the Suez Crisis.

Prime Minister Anthony Eden, described by a colleague as ‘half mad baronet and half beautiful woman’, is faced with the terrible possibility of leading his country into war. His health is collapsing. His friends, colleagues and opponents, among them Hugh Gaitskell and Ian Fleming and his wife Ann, are facing crises of their own, crises of conscience and crises of the heart. Hugh Whitemore’s new play is a true epic: a suspenseful thriller, an achingly romantic love story and a fascinating examination of a flashpoint in our history which still resonates today. What is the cost of an ‘illegal’ war?

Review
'A clever mix of high politics, private deception and a sprinkling of household names from Ian Fleming to John Prescott. A mixture too of humour and pathos and the feeling of sympathy with the characters at the same time as wanting to castigate them for having ‘made their own beds’.  The Public Reviews

 

Cast : 7M, 3F (doubling required)

Oberon Books UK | 978-1-84943-496-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

Hugh Whitemore is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.  He studied for the stage at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) where he is now a Member of the Council. He began his writing career in British television with both original teleplays and adaptations of classic works by Charles Dickens, W. Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier and Charlotte Bronte among others.  He has won two Writers’ Guild of Great Britain awards and two Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Emmy for his adaptation of The Final Days (Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s book about President Nixon).  

His film credits include: All Creatures Great and Small (1975), 84 Charing  Cross Road (1987) and My House in Umbria (2003).  His plays include: Stevie (1977), Pack of Lies (1983), Breaking the Code (1987), The Best of Friends (1987) and the adaptation of Pirandello’s As You Desire Me. Whitemore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.