The Starry Plough

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Excellent storytelling

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Reviewed: 23-07-15

Robert Harris excels in this wonderfully researched and intelligently written book.
Characters, intrigue and political chicanery fill every 'page'.
Oliver Ford-Davies provides the oral gravitas with the addition of perfect comic timing.
Sweeping in both the subject and authorial accomplishment it's a fascinating listen .
Robert Harris has triumphed.

This oozes class.....

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This dramatised version of Chandler's brilliant creation, Marlowe, is Ed Bishop's finest hour.

The whole production oozes class: the casting, the music, the whole audible experience captures the listener and you are in the tension of the moment.

It is so atmospheric you can feel the heat of the day, the whir of the fans.

Chandler's writing is so crisp, so sparse and the sleaze of Bishop's drawl is spine tingling.

Better reviewers than I could talk of the merits of the plots - I would just say buy it. Hear it. Shower afterwards.


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Worth Every Minute..

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

The casting and direction of this Jeremy Front adapted script is sublime.

Bill Nighy is wonderful, as ever, in the role of Charles Paris but there isn't a bad turn to be found here.

Intelligent, funny, poignant, sharp the one liners flow as the plot follows the hapless Charles as he meanders, sloshed, through life.

The appearance of his Mother, staying with him whilst recuperating from surgery, is a stroke of casting genius......but I won't spoil it by saying any more!

Treat your self and enjoy the surprise!

Highly recommended.

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A truly great read (and listen)

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

So tightly written this is a joy: historically very accurate with a tense, lyrical and intensely personal narrative it is a very credible evocation of the women of the SOE.

Anna Bentinck's reading is superlative and together the written word and the verbal interpretation create a network of passing and studied charcters that need to be heard again and again.

A story that grips.

And a testament to those enormously brave women.

Very highly recommended.