South West Reading Passport 2016: Book to the Future

Category Archives: 1950s

A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey is described as possibly the most performed by a post war female playwright. It has enjoyed many adaptations, like the successful 2014 National Theatre production starring Lesley Sharp.

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Special Feature: Library Picks #4, A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey is a 1958 play written by Shelagh Delaney. Delaney was an Irish playwright and screenwriter who became known for being a part of the ‘kitchen sink realism’ literary movement.

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Room At the Top

In 1959 Room At the Top was adapted into a popular film starring Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret and Heather Sears.

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Special Feature: Library Picks#2, Room At the Top

Room at the Top is a 1957 novel by John Braine. Braine was an English novelist who became known as one of the Angry Young Men of British Literature. His novels often concerned marriage, relationships and infidelity which drew on experiences in his own life.

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies has been much adapted for the stage and screen, two prominent examples are the film adaptations.   The 1963 film adaptation starring James Aubrey was praised for the realism of its child actors’ performances.     The 1990 adaptation starring Balthazar Getty was praised for its successful rendering of the abandoned […]

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of Flies is a 1954 novel by William Golding about a group of British boys trapped on an uninhabited island, following a plane crash. Left alone, they begin to govern themselves to disastrous results.

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William Golding

South West based writer William Golding was born in Newquay, Cornwall. His is perhaps best known for The Lord of the Flies which is much celebrated in the literary canon.

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by JD Salinger, originally published for an adult readership; the novel has since become popular with adolescent readers for its depiction of the teenage experience.

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J D Salinger

J D Salinger was an American writer who won fame early in life.

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Discover more about Brooklyn: Colm Toibin Podcast

  Listen to this BBC World Book Club podcast in which Colm Toibin discusses Brooklyn and why he chose to write about Ireland in the 1950s compared with the fast paced life of New York during the period.   Hear him read an extract of the book and get lost in his evocation of the […]

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