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The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (NHB Modern Plays)

by Chris Bush & Matt Winkworth Nick Hern Books (May 04, 2018)

A shocking crime divides the nation. Fingers are pointed, sides are drawn, facts are hard to come by. Why did this happen? How do we move on? What must we remember?

It’s easy to have an opinion online, safe...


The Writer (NHB Modern Plays)

by Ella Hickson Nick Hern Books (April 26, 2018)

A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story.

Ella Hickson's new play,...


Gut (NHB Modern Plays)

by Frances Poet Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year-old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust in...


Mayfly (NHB Modern Plays)

by Joe White Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Ben thinks his family might be better off without him, but his wife Cat has read her stars: ‘Today a very special person will appear from out the blue.’

Their daughter Loops is getting ready for a date. It’s...


Nine Night (NHB Modern Plays)

by Natasha Gordon Nick Hern Books (April 25, 2018)

Family, food, music and mourning.

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death...


Plastic (NHB Modern Plays)

by Kenneth Emson Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

Kev used to be captain of the school football team. Scored the winner in the All-Essex Schools Cup Final. He used to have a girlfriend called Lisa; she wore a fitted blazer, and lit up the playground.

Ben used...


Secret Life of Humans (NHB Modern Plays)

by David Byrne Nick Hern Books (April 18, 2018)

In 1949, scientist and mathematician Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a hidden, locked room in his house.

Fifty years later, his grandson discovers the secrets contained in the room, unearthing echoes from across...


Chekhov on Theatre

by Anton Chekhov, Stephen Mulrine, Peter Urban & Jutta Hercher Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

A unique collection of everything that Chekhov wrote about the theatre.

Chekhov started writing about theatre in newspaper articles and in his own letters even before he began writing plays. Later, he wrote in...


Disconnect (NHB Modern Plays)

by Anupama Chandrasekhar Nick Hern Books (April 13, 2018)

An urgent exposé of the realities behind the international call centre.

Your credit card is maxed out, and you hang up the phone on Ross chasing your payments. But Ross is actually Roshan and though the sun...


Vicuña

by Jon Robin Baitz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2018)

A play centering on the tensions between a political demagogue and the tailor who makes his suit

In his Upper East Side atelier, a bespoke tailor, Anselm Kassar, is persuaded by the vulgar real estate mogul turned...


Misty (NHB Modern Plays)

by Arinzé Kene Nick Hern Books (March 23, 2018)

An epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and underground soul of inner-city London.

Arinzé Kene's Misty is an inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, confronting...


Old Fools (NHB Modern Plays)

by Tristan Bernays Nick Hern Books (March 23, 2018)

The story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order.

Tristan Bernays’ Old Fools is a surprising and touching play...


The Mikvah Project (NHB Modern Plays)

by Josh Azouz Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

A playful and poignant play about two men who meet every Friday in a north-west London Mikvah, a traditional Jewish pool used for ritual cleansing.

Avi is married but childless. Eitan’s voice is breaking and...


Buggy Baby & The Mikvah Project: Two Plays (NHB Modern Plays)

by Josh Azouz Nick Hern Books (March 20, 2018)

Two plays showcasing the exciting and distinctive voice of Josh Azouz.

Buggy Baby is a horror comedy about trying to build a normal life when nothing about life is normal.

Jaden, Nur and baby Aya have escaped...


Acceptance (NHB Modern Plays)

by Amy Ng Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

‘We’re supposed to be assessing their potential as college students, not conducting a quasi-criminal investigation.’

Out of 37,451 applicants to Eliot University, Angela stands out – but not for the right...


Peep (NHB Modern Plays)

by Jodi Gray Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

A darkly comic, claustrophobic tale of voyeurism and sexual politics.

In an apartment somewhere, May and Caitlin are on a mission to take back the looking. Up here, away from the prying, away from the eyes, they...


The Unmanageable Sisters (NHB Modern Plays)

by Michel Tremblay & Deirdre Kinahan Nick Hern Books (March 09, 2018)

Green Shield stamps, a million of them, and Ger Lawless has won them all. It’s Ballymun, it’s 1973 and she’s got 15 friends round for a stamp-sticking party.

Over one night, the lives of 15 women collide...


Again (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephanie Jacob Nick Hern Books (February 20, 2018)

A once close-knit family of four is reunited after a long period of estrangement. This time, this time, it must go right.

In this touching and comic drama, Stephanie Jacob delves into the turmoil, love and compromises...


The Shadow Factory (NHB Modern Plays)

by Howard Brenton Nick Hern Books (February 20, 2018)

Autumn 1940. The Battle of Britain rages.

Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire. But, in one of many devastating raids on the town, the Luftwaffe destroy the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire...


The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it...


Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Originally published serially as a three-part story, Heart of Darkness is a short but thematically complex novel exploring colonialism, humanity, and what constitutes a savage society. Set in the Congo in Central...


The Secret Agent

by Joseph Conrad Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The place is London, and the time is the late 1800s. Mr. Verloc appears to be an unassuming owner of a bric-a-brac store, but he’s actually a spy for an unnamed country. When he’s summoned by his superiors...


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most popular play today, enduring thanks to its easy humor, witty dialog, and clever satire. It was also one of his more successful plays, despite its first...


Tumulus (NHB Modern Plays)

by Christopher Adams Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

Young men are dying and everyone assumes they’re just casualties of London’s chemsex scene. Everyone, that is, but Anthony, who is determined to investigate.

Christopher Adams' play Tumulus is a chilling,...


Glitter Punch (NHB Modern Plays)

by Lucy Burke Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A gritty, coming-of-age drama about first love.

Critically acclaimed during its run at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lucy Burke’s Glitter Punch – set in Greater Manchester – charts a troubling new...


Burkas and Bacon Butties (NHB Modern Plays)

by Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A heart-warming, clash-of-cultures comedy set in a Wigan taxi.

The play follows taxi-driver Ashraf and his twenty-something daughter, Shaz, over the course of a year as they negotiate the ups and downs of living...


Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sami Ibrahim Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

When bereaved mother Mary finds a disembodied arm, a conspiracy builds: maybe her child isn’t quite so dead after all.

Shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award, Sami Ibrahim’s Wind Bit Bitter, Bit...


The Strongbox (NHB Modern Plays)

by Stephanie Jacob Nick Hern Books (February 16, 2018)

A story of domestic servitude and abuse of power, as authoritarian Kat, her ageing mother, Ma, and their teenaged slave, Maudie, jostle for power – and affection – in their dilapidated London home.

The Strongbox...


Plays from VAULT 3 (NHB Modern Plays)

by Christopher Adams, Lucy Burke, Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley et al. Nick Hern Books (February 15, 2018)

This anthology comprises five of the best plays from VAULT 2018, London’s biggest and most exciting arts festival.

Young men are dying and everyone assumes they’re just casualties of London’s chemsex scene....


The Approach (NHB Modern Plays)

by Mark O'Rowe Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Listen carefully…

Three women.

Three conversations.

As the details of what they share begin to diverge, we realise that a subtle game of survival is being played.

Both psychological puzzle and quietly devastating...


Cornermen (NHB Modern Plays)

by Oli Forsyth Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Mickey and his team of cornermen never seem to have much luck in the boxing world. The fighters they manage always end up losing and, after a disastrous last outing, no one wants to work with them.

All that changes...


Yous Two (NHB Modern Plays)

by Georgia Christou Nick Hern Books (February 02, 2018)

Fifteen-year-old Billie has lived with her dad in their little flat for as long as she can remember, but all that’s about to change. She’s got big plans – get Dad a job, sort out her grades, and live in...


Oral Literature in Africa

by Ruth Finnegan Open Book Publishers (January 30, 2018)

Ruth Finnegan's Oral Literature in Africa was first published in 1970, and since then has been widely praised as one of the most important books in its field. Based on years of fieldwork, the study traces the...


Ghosts

by Henrik Ibsen Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts was first published in 1881 and staged in 1882, and like his earlier play A Doll's House, profoundly shocked his contemporaries. Dubbed "a dirty deed done in public" by one of its critics,...


Priya's Shakti

by Ram Devineni Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

A mortal woman and the Goddess Parvati fight against gender-based sexual violence in India and around the world in this layered storytelling project and augmented reality comic book, supporting the movement...


Devil's Choice

by Graham Wilson BeyondBeyond Books (January 30, 2018)

Old Balmain House family story moves to the next generation

A man sits at a table in a prison cell, hands shackled. The door opens.

In comes a slip of a girl, eyes darting around, face drawn and white.

She is small...


Heretic Voices (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sonya Hale, Annie Fox & Tatty Hennessy Nick Hern Books (January 30, 2018)

This volume presents the best new writing in monologue form, celebrating unique voices with exceptional stories to tell. These three plays, finalists in the inaugural Heretic Voices competition, were first performed...


A Hundred Words for Snow (NHB Modern Plays)

by Tatty Hennessy Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

Depicting a teenage girl’s solo journey to the North Pole with her father’s ashes, A Hundred Words for Snow is a complex, epic and undulating story by Tatty Hennessy that pitches themes of death and rebirth...


Woman Caught Unaware (NHB Modern Plays)

by Annie Fox Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

A university professor is caught in a storm when an image of her in a changing room is shared online. Exploring how images of women are represented in art and social media, Annie Fox’s Woman Caught Unaware...


Dean McBride (NHB Modern Plays)

by Sonya Hale Nick Hern Books (January 25, 2018)

Set in Croydon, South London, Dean McBride by Sonya Hale is a vivid and poetic story of deprivation, loss and redemption through love, which tells the story of Dean, a young man hardened by suffering, who struggles...


Irregular Shapes

by Stefan Draughon egibooks (January 12, 2018)

In this contemporary drama, an aspiring artist and an ex-seminarian meet after the death of his sister, a psychotherapist. Family complications gradually emerge as the couple falls in love.


The Country Wife

by William Wycherley Dover Publications (January 10, 2018)

Originally performed and published in 1675, this five-act play parodies the vices and hypocrisies of Restoration London. The plot centers on the eponymous country wife, Margery, whose suspicious husband, Mr....


The Hour of All Things and Other Plays

by Caridad Svich Intellect (January 03, 2018)

Four plays by playwright/theatre-maker Caridad Svich (OBIE for Lifetime Achievement) – The Hour of All Things, The Breath of Stars, Upon the Fragile Shore and Agua de luna (psalms for the rouge) – explore...


Before We Were Perfect

by S.D. Moore Moon Leaf Publishing LLC (January 01, 2018)

Inspired by true events, Before We Were Perfect is a romantic dramedy about the Havreaux family; a clan of four creole sisters, their mother and ragin’ Cajun uncle who transplanted to Flagstaff, AZ. Julz Havreaux...


Peeking through the Pearlies

by Brenda Wilson ReadersMagnet LLC (December 14, 2017)

MIRACLES HAPPEN EVERY DAY, if we only have eyes to see, Peeking Through The Pearlies is a collection of short stories designed to help you see life through the eyes of a child. Whether it’s a missing child,...


In the Heart of our Souls / Dans Le Cœur De Nos Âmes

by Victorine Ngangu Victoria-n (December 08, 2017)

VERSION : ENGLISH/ FRANÇAIS

In the Heart of our Souls tells the story of the Kingdom of Congo through the eyes of its people. The story is based on previously untold true short stories of the Kingdom of Congo’s...


The Red Shoes (NHB Modern Plays)

by Hans Christian Andersen & Nancy Harris Nick Hern Books (December 07, 2017)

An orphan girl, adopted by a wealthy Dublin family, is given a pair of beautiful red shoes. At first it appears her dreams have come true... but appearances can be very deceptive.

A contemporary retelling of...


Exile

by Randall Cumley Christian Book Press (December 05, 2017)

“I feel like I have been lied to” said Nathan. These were not the words you would expect to hear from a

successful businessman when asked about his plans for retirement. Through twenty five years as the

owner...


Project Amber

by Carl Lakeland Leif Karl Schlemmer (December 05, 2017)

Angel is gutsy, steadfast, and as a journalist, she's never afraid to break a controversial story. How was she to know, her life would hit a wall and take a sharp left turn.

What will she do when she discovers...


A Friend of the Family

by Mark Conte Crimson Cloak Publishing (December 01, 2017)

A story of America.  Donovan Scali is the illicit child of a married woman and a married man—who are not married to each other.  The woman dies in childbirth, and the distraught husband kills the child’s...