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Hampstead, 1936. In a shabby basement flat, aspiring playwright Clive Monkhams dreams of a West End hit and winning Francie’s heart.

With opening night approaching and finances fast running out, everything rides on the success of the play and, for Clive, the future looks all too glittering…

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78682-054-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB

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RODNEY ACKLAND’s first play Improper People was produced at the Arts Theatre Club, London in 1929. But it was not until 1932 that Ackland’s work finally reached the West End, when his fourth play Strange Orchestra transferred from the Embassy, Swiss Cottage to the St. Martin’s, St. Martin’s Lane, which caused James Agate in the Sunday Times to suggest that the ordinary stuff of the West End Theatre bore as much resemblance to Strange Orchestra ‘as unbleached calico to tattered silk’. The Dark River, produced at the Whitehall Theatre, and revived at the Orange Tree in 1985, was acclaimed by Hilary Spurling in The Spectator as ‘perhaps the one indisputably great play of the past half-century in English.’