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Love and Miss Harris

Peter Maughan

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FARRAGO
28 July 2021
A collection of theatrical misfits go on tour, in this nostalgic trip back in time. Actor and manager Titus has lost a backer who was going to fund a theatrical tour when unexpected salvation appears. Their home theatre in the East End of London having been bombed during the war, The Red Lion Touring Company embarks on a tour of Britain with a play written by their new benefactress. This charming series transports the reader to a lost post-war world of touring rep theatre and once grand people who have fallen on harder times, smoggy streets, and shared bonhomie over a steaming kettle. The mood is whimsical, wistful, nostalgic, yet with danger and farce along the way. AUTHOR: Peter Maughan's early career covered many trades, working on building sites, in wholesale markets, on fairground rides and in a circus. He studied at the Actor's Workshop in London, and worked as an actor before founding a fringe theatre in Barnes, London. He is married and lives in Wales.
By:   Peter Maughan
Imprint:   FARRAGO
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781788423076
ISBN 10:   1788423070
Series:   The Company of Fools
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   28 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Peter Maughan's early ambition to be a landscape painter ran into a lack of talent - or enough of it to paint to his satisfaction what he saw. He worked on building sites, in wholesale markets, on fairground rides and in a circus. And travelled the West Country, roaming with the freedom of youth, picking fruit, and whatever other work he could get, sleeping wherever he could, before moving on to wherever the next road took him. A journeying out of which came his non-fiction work Under the Apple Boughs, when he came to see that he had met on his wanderings the last of a village England. After travelling to Jersey in the Channel Islands to pick potatoes, he found work afterwards in a film studio in its capital, walk-ons and bit parts in the pilot films that were made there, and as a contributing script writer. He studied at the Actor's Workshop in London, and worked as an actor in the UK and Ireland (in the heyday of Ardmore Studios). He founded and ran a fringe theatre in Barnes, London, and living on a converted Thames sailing barge among a small colony of houseboats on the River Medway, wrote pilot film scripts as a freelance deep in the green shades of rural Kent. An idyllic, heedless time in that other world of the river, which later, when he had collected enough rejection letters learning his craft as a novelist, he transported to a river valley in the Welsh Marches, and turned into the Batch Magna novels. He is married and lives currently in Wales. Visit Peter's website at http://www.batchmagna.com.

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