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WHAT'S THE PLAY AND WHERE'S THE STAGE?

A Theatrical Family of the Regency Era

The lives of eminent London actors of the Regency period – Kean, Mrs Siddons, Kemble, Cooke, Macready, Grimaldi et al are more than amply recorded.

This book ploughs a more unusual, rarer, furrow.

It reveals the theatrical lives of a family of provincial players who tramped the highways and byways bringing the latest London hits and classic plays to unsophisticated audiences in tiny country theatres and large manufacturing towns. The author offers not a specialist tome for theatre historians – although they will find previously unknown material and new revelations here – but a beguiling story of a family of three thespian siblings, their spouses and their children.

This is a Regency world far removed from the novels of Jane Austen. There are highs and lows, riches and poverty, twists and turns, and extraordinary events as in the script of any modern television saga. The marked difference being that – for the Jonas and Penley Company of Comedians – this was real life.

"hugely entertaining"

"Packed with information and anecdotes"

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THE SINGULAR EXPLOITS OF MR SHERLOCK HOLMES

Alan Stockwell’s first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories garnered much praise from aficionados when first published in 2003 and is now in its third edition.

In response to many requests, he now offers a collection of ten new Sherlock Holmes stories told in the authentic manner.

Here you will find the dreadful ordeal of Oscar Wilde, the escape of the wild wolves, and the Surrey man-monkey among the tales. And Dr Watson at last reveals the long-hidden secret of the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant.

"The author's stories are notable for their clever and imaginative surprising twists."

"The setting is true to the period, and the plots are inventive."

"The same flashes of genius Stockwell has shown before."

THE SINGULAR ADVENTURES OF MR SHERLOCK HOLMES

The third edition of this well-received collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories. Sherlock Magazine called the original edition “One of the best collections of Holmes pastiches for some time”.

Other critics have remarked how the author hits off the Watsonian idiom with remarkable accuracy: “The stories look like being from the pen of John H Watson himself”.

This new edition contains a total of seventeen unusual, bizarre and thoroughly intriguing tales written in the classic manner.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SINGULAR ADVENTURE OF THE GLOVED PIANIST

The year is 1906, Queen Victoria has been dead these last five years and in the streets of London the hansom cab is giving way to the motor car.

In the USA the Wright brothers have taken to the air and everywhere machinery is replacing craftsmanship.

The time and place is still the world of Holmes and Watson as the aging pair eagerly advance into the beginning of the 20th century and are thrust into the investigation of a murder that would have been impossible only a few years earlier.

MR DICKENS AND MASTER BETTY

Charles Dickens, the nascent novelist, is employed to write the life story of the former infant prodigy Master Betty known as Young Roscius.

Dickens, a self-proclaimed “delver into the human soul”, clashes with his employer’s overweening arrogance and revenges himself by unearthing the hidden truths lurking in the older man’s psyche.

The story tells of two teenage boys, both with feckless spendthrift fathers. One scrapes a miserable existence in a boot-blacking factory for six shillings a week; the other earns fifty guineas a night idolised by the highest in the land.

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