The Slab Boys Trilogy

Author: John Byrne

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571325785

Category: Drama

Page: 352

View: 4507

Spanning the 1950s to the 70s, the plays capture the rebellious mood of a post-war generation growing up to a backdrop of James Dean, Elvis, sharp-suited glamour, hope and despair. John Byrne takes the slab room he worked in and makes it pure theatre: the scams, the dreams, the aloof but gorgeous girl, the despair of life back home, the obligatory tormenting of the office 'weed', and the mandatory boy chat and pranks all help the day to pass. Phil and Spanky explode onto the stage in a classic vaudeville double-act. Now considered one of Scotland's defining literary works of the twentieth century, the Slab Boys Trilogy premiered at the Traverse back in the late 1970s and early 80s taking Scotland, then Britain, and then Broadway quickly by storm.

The Slab Boys Trilogy

Author: John Byrne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571223459

Category: Baby boom generation

Page: 330

View: 6298

Spanning the 1950s to the 70s, the plays capture the rebellious mood of a post-war generation growing up to a backdrop of James Dean, Elvis, sharp-suited glamour, hope and despair.John Byrne takes the slab room he worked in and makes it pure theatre: the scams, the dreams, the aloof but gorgeous girl, the despair of life back home, the obligatory tormenting of the office 'weed', and the mandatory boy chat and pranks all help the day to pass. Phil and Spanky explode onto the stage in a classic vaudeville double-act.Now considered one of Scotland's defining literary works of the twentieth century, the Slab Boys Trilogy premiered at the Traverse back in the late 1970s and early 80s taking Scotland, then Britain, and then Broadway quickly by storm.The Traverse revived the Slab Boys Trilogy for the theatre's fortieth anniversary in November 2003.

Forever Lost

Book Three in the Lost Mystery Trilogy

Author: Franklin W. Dixon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781442402652

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 3485

The third book of the Blair-witch-like abduction trilogy. Frank has been discovered at long last and may posess key answers to questions that will solve the mystery of the LOST abductions once and for all.

The Slab Boys

Author: John Byrne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571192540

Category: Motion picture plays

Page: 136

View: 7973

John Byrne's award-winning play brought to the screen. Glasgow, 1957. The slab boys - Phil, Spanky and Hector - apply themselves with awe-inspiring gusto to everything but their job - grinding up colours for the designers in the carpet factory. Phil knows that there's more to life than larking about and is preparing a portfolio to get a place at the Glasgow Art School. The other two have aspirations as well - Spanky wants to go to America and become the next Elvis; Hector dreams of taking the luscious Lucille from the mailroom to the staff dance. But the path to fulfillment is clutterd with obstacles, and by the night of the staff dance emotions are running at fever pitch and the scene is set for a final showdown.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil

Author: John McGrath

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147252957X

Category: Drama

Page: 216

View: 2911

Written during the 1970s, John McGrath's winding, furious, innovative play tracks the economic history and exploitation of the Scottish Highlands from the post-Rebellion suppression of the clans to the story of the Clearances: in the nineteenth century, aristocratic landowners discovered the profitability of sheep farming, and forced a mass emigration of rural Highlanders, burning their houses in order to make way for the Cheviot sheep. The play follows the thread of capitalist and repressive exploitation through the estates of the stag-hunting landed gentry, to the 1970s rush for profit in the name of North Sea Oil. Described by the playwright as having a "ceilidh?? format, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil draws on historical research alongside Gaelic song and the Scots' love of variety and popular entertainment to tell this epic story. A totally distinctive cultural and theatrical phenomenon, the play championed several new approaches to theatre, raising its profile as a means of political intervention; proposing a collective, democratic, collaborative approach to creating theatre; offering a language of performance accessible to working-class people; producing theatre in non-purpose-built theatre spaces; breaking down the barrier between audience and performers through interaction; and taking theatre to people who otherwise would not access it. The play received its premiere in 1973 by the agit-prop theatre group 7:84, of which John McGrath was founder and Artistic Director, and toured Scotland to great critical and audience acclaim.

The House With a Clock In Its Walls

Author: John Bellairs

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101659718

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 6913

A haunting gothic tale by master mysery writer John Bellairs--soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black! "The House With a Clock in Its Walls will cast its spell for a long time."--The New York Times Book Review When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watchng magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls--a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!

Leepike Ridge

Author: N. D. Wilson

Publisher: Yearling Books

ISBN: 0375838740

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1051

While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after drifting away down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.

The Murdstone Trilogy

Author: Mal Peet

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763681946

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8567

Award-winning YA author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip—allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien—is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly dark comedy described by one U.K. reviewer as "totally insane in the best way possible."

30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead

Author: Steve Niles,Jeff Mariotte

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416516077

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 3437

In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn't rise for more than thirty consecutive days and nights from November to December. During this time a few years ago, from the darkness and across the frozen wasteland, an evil that normally preferred to exist in the shadows descended upon Barrow and brought the residents to their knees. Barrow's only hope was Eben and Stella Olemaun, a husband-and-wife law enforcement team who were torn between their own survival and saving the town they loved. Months later, as Stella Olemaun attempts to warn the world about the looming vampire threat by any means necessary, a rogue government agent may be taking more than an active interest in her story. And meanwhile, further north, a new sheriff and his young son must solve the lingering mystery of Barrow, even as the survivors of the original attack prepare for the sun to set once again -- however this time, they're ready. 30 Days Of Night: Rumors Of The Undead is Steve Niles's innovative and eagerly anticipated expansion of a nightmarish narrative that explores the nature of ancient evil existing -- and thriving -- in an unsuspecting modern world.

The Boys of Everest

The Tragic Story of Climbing's Greatest Generation

Author: Clint Willis

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 191023219X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 5035

The Boys of Everest', which received enormous praise when published in hardback, tells the story of a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. It is a story of tremendous courage, astonishing acheivement and heartbreaking loss. Their leader was the boyish, fanatically driven Chris Bonington. His inner circle - they came to be known as Bonington's Boys - included a dozen who became climbing's greatest generation. Bonington's Boys gave birth to a new brand of climbing. They took increasingly terrible risks on now-legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks. And they paid an enormous price for their acheivements. Most of Bonington's boys died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it?

Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062085514

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 464

View: 5025

The gripping first installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill. No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon. Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

Scar Island

Author: Dan Gemeinhart

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 1338053868

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 7067

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys--an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves. Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he's willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming. Just as he's getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can't come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety... then every boy on the island is doomed. Dan Gemeinhart's most gripping novel yet, this is a tale of misfits and outcasts at odds and in peril, and a redemption story that shines a light on dark truths to reveal that the strongest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves.

John Byrne

Sitting Ducks

Author: John Byrne,Gordon Brown,Julie Lawson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781906270827

Category: Art

Page: 64

View: 7427

Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 14th June-19th October, 2014.


Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 014242207X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 318

View: 5110

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

City of the Snakes

Author: Darren Shan

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446585467

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6405

For ten years Capac Raimi has ruled the City. Created by the first Cardinal to continue his legacy, Capac cannot be killed. Then Capac disappears. His trusted lieutenant, Ford Tasso, suspects the mysterious villacs, ancient and powerful Incan priests. To Ford, only one man has the cunning to outwit such adversaries-Al Jeery, who has taken the guise of his father, the terrifying assassin Paucar Wami. Al has no love for Capac and no wish to tangle with the villacs. Until Ford promises him the one thing he truly craves-retribution against the man who killed those he loved most and destroyed his life. Lured into the twisted, nightmarish world of the Incan priests, Al will learn more about the City than he ever imagined, and be offered more power than he ever desired. But in the City, everything comes at a cost...

The Slab

Author: Jeff Mariotte,Tommy Lee Edwards

Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc

ISBN: 9781932382075

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

View: 3449

An original horror novel by Jeff Mariotte. In the grim days following 9/11/2001 three veterans of different wars, whose lives have been intersected by magic, find themselves thrown together in California's cruel desert - while a group of serial killers ply their deadly trade, and an ancient evil grows beneath them.

John Dies at the End

Author: David Wong

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 031255513X

Category: Fiction

Page: 375

View: 4522

A full-length tale based on the cult online serial by the editor-in-chief of finds an increasing number of people changed into threatening inhuman creatures by a hallucinogen, a situation that places the fate of the world in the hands of a pair of anti-heroes. 50,000 first printing.


Author: Jennifer Rush

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316214493

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5177

They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive. Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There's Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who's stolen Anna's heart. When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna's father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they're both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

Tutti Frutti

Author: John Byrne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571236138

Category: Fiction

Page: 130

View: 2259

"Twenty-three years on from their slightly dodgy, single foray into the carts, Scottish pop sensations The Majesties are mourning the loss of Big Jazza - their charismatic frontman - whose Ford Sierra just collided with a bus shelter via an unwelcome late-night kebab. With a Silver Jubilee tour booked, an album to cut and a TV documentary in the offing, can Jazza's brother, Danny, just washed up from New York with only four dollars to his name, save the day?" "It was 1987 when John Byrne's award-winning comedy-drama burst onto the nation's TV screens, searing itself into a generation's consciousness in the process. Now, he has adapted his own original script, as the National Theatre of Scotland and His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, bring Vinnie, Eddie Clockerty, Miss Toner, Suzi Kettles, Bomba et al. to the stage for the very first time."--BOOK JACKET.