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Persona Granada: Some Memories of Sidney Bernstein and The Early Years of Independent Television by Denis Forman (£32.00)Publisher: London: Andre Deutsch — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0233989870]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slightest lean otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “When ITV first went on air in 1955, Granada Television soon established itself as the most innovative of the new independent television companies. Granada took risks, ignored conventions, and challenged conventional notions of how television programmes should be made. Coronation Street, the hard-hitting World in Action, adventurous drama productions — this was television that made people sit up and watch.

Denis Forman was there from the start, and in this richly detailed and compelling memoir he combines an affectionate portrait of Granada’s prime mover, the extraordinary Sidney Bernstein, with an insider’s account of the personalities behind the scenes and the triumphs — and occasional disasters — of this remarkable television company.

They were heady days. Granada defied the antiquated rules of political broadcasting with its ground-breaking coverage of a by-election which was to change the course of television’s relationship with politicians. There were frequent battles with the Independent Television Authority over investigative reports thought to have gone too far in exposing scandal and corruption. It was a time of creative ferment, a time when Granada’s team of talented programme-makers earned the company its enduring reputation.

Denis Forman charts the history of Granada with abundant wit and a refreshing candour. His own contribution to the Granada success story, culminating in his close personal involvement in the universally acclaimed The Jewel in the Crown, was immense. He is modest about his own achievements, and generous in his appreciation of the many colleagues — some of them later to become senior figures in television — who made Granada what it was. But as this engrossing memoir reveals, none of it could have happened without the towering presence of the original persona Granada, Sidney Bernstein: founding father, guiding spirit, and one of the most remarkable men of our century.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 333 pages. Tags: forman bernstein sidney granada television stations britain employees radio industry business economics industries media communications performing arts history criticism corporate 9780233989877
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The Horror People by John Brosnan (£26.00)Publisher: London: Macdonald and Jane's — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0356083942]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “From fangs and freaks to creatures from outer space and tales of demonic possession the ‘horror’ film spans an amazing world of the macabre and the bizarre. Yet many in the business resent the ‘horror’ label; they feel that films which seek to portray war and violence realistically are the true horror films, and that their own productions are purely escapist entertainment which terrify at the time (because people enjoy being sea red) but which — like nightmares — leave no scars behind.

The Horror People is an immensely engaging close-up of the leading personalities in the British and American horror film industry, and makes rich use of first-hand interviews with the top directors, producers, actors, writers — and fans. The first real horror star was Lon Chaney Snr, himself the son of deaf mutes, who specialized in playing spectacularly disfigured cripples. Later stars quickly became victims of typecasting — some, like Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, resenting it, while others, like Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Peter Gushing, accepted it with more or less good grace.

John Brosnan identifies a number of cycles in the history of the horror film — from the early German-influenced cinema of the grotesque, through the classics of the 1930s (Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Freaks, The Mummy etc. ) and the atomic-scare boom in science-fiction monsters in the early 1950s, to the great Hammer- and AlP-led revival of the later 1950s. Now that the horror film and directors like Roger Corman and Terence Fisher have become something of a cult, certain critics have tended to treat the subject over-solemnly. John Brosnan avoids this; instead he shows us the sheer fun (as well as the hard work) that has gone into producing works of fantasy and imagination which have, with their vitality, sensuality and colour, helped revitalize the cinema.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Craig Dodd. Size: 9¾" x 7¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 304 pages. Tags: lugosi karloff, jack arnold, hammer, roger corman, vincent price, christopher lee, peter cushing, robert bloch, freddie francis, roy baker, milton subotsky, horror films biography, history films, cinema films, personalities, biography, first edition books, books written john brosnan
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Historic Costuming by Nevil Truman (£19.50)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1937Binding: Hardback Condition: Good+. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners with some fraying at the head and tail. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: 3rd Impression. 6 Colour plates and many B&W line drawings.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Charles B. Cochran. Size: 9¾" x 7½". 152 pages. Tags: costumes colour productions chlamys chiton tunic age toga paenula romans greeks saxons 460 tunic and hose cloth the bayeux tapestry normans dressing gown period plantagenets wimple cross gartering furs edwards tight fitting garments richard bordeaux dandies reign supreme henries houppelande leg mutton sleeve yorkish trailing veils year steeple
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of American Literature by Peter Conn (£18.50)Publisher: Guild — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Single, but distinct, vertical crease to the spine of the dustwrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “The Cambridge Illustrated History of American Literature is a richly illustrated, authoritative account of the entire span of American literature from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to the writing of the 1980s. In a single, comprehensive volume Peter Conn summarizes the distinctive achievements of the novelists, poets, playwrights, and prose writers who have produced America’s literary heritage. While the focus is on literary texts, the book’s seven chapters also locate American writing in relevant historical and cultural contexts.”Notes: Jacket designed by Ken Vail. Size: 10" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 587 pages. Tags: literature america american history criticism puritan prose sermons diaries histories poetry anne bradstreet edward taylot independence early novels romanticism writers new england transcendentalism ralph waldo emerson henry david thoreau margaret fuller historians utopians nathaniel hawthorne herman melville walt whitman civil war emily dickinson literary enterprise realism james samuel clemens
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An Actor and His Time by John Gielgud (£11.50)Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0283985739]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Top edges of text block heavily tanned.Description: From the cover: “In this book, John Gielgud tells the story of his life in the theatre, of the plays he starred in, and directed, of the actors and actresses he worked with — from Mrs Patrick Campbell to Richard Burton — and of the theatres in which he has played, from New York to Rangoon. He also tells of the theatre he knew as a young man, the theatre that was run by the great actor/managers, men like Tree and du Maurier, and of the great actresses whose name alone could fill a theatre — Eleonora Duse, Sarah Bernhardt and, of course, his own great-aunt, Ellen Terry. With the aid of many photographs from his own collection, Sir John Gielgud has made this book not only a fascinating account of his own life, but also a well documented record of the last fifty years the British theatre.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 253 pages. Tags: acting john gielgud shakespearean parts david storey edward bond harold pinter film television radio productions ellen terry new theatre shakespeare tercentenary drury lane set design the merchant venice man land granada john powell john miller kate terry sir frank benson mabel terry-lewis eleonora duse phyllis neilson-terry poet
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Elliot's Guide to Home Entertainment by John Elliot (£10.50)Publisher: Aurum — 1997Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1854104853]Condition: Very Good. Light yellowing to the title page. Text complete, clean and tight else.Description: 4th Edition.Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 954 pages. Tags: classification cinematography certifications bibliographies entertainment documentaries certification discographies broadcasting satellite-tv live-action corporation association laservision productions blockbuster re-mastered documentary soundtrack low-budget production claymation recordings catalogues screenplay supporting decoration television directors extensive animation hollywood principal assistant direction reference broadcast programs juvenile pictures thriller suitable children catalogs synopsis category artistic sporting american releases original
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The Christians by Bamber Gascoigne (£10.50)Publisher: William Morrow & Company — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0688032206]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, closed, tear to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. First U. S. Edition. From the cover: “Whether he was God, or man, or myth, one thing is certain about Jesus Christ: no one has had a greater influence on human history. And no single strand traces such an intriguing pattern through the past 2,000 years, involves so many different cultures, brings in such varied art and architecture, or explains so much that is familiar and half-familiar as the story of the Christians.

This magnificent book tells their story and follows the history of their developing religion through the individual men and women who shaped it. It is a story of colossal undertakings and spectacular successes as well as ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed — of politics and power side by side with the most intimate personal experience of God..”
Notes: Illustrated by Christina Gascoigne (Photos.). Size: 10" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 304 pages. Tags: 0224013556 0688032206 1598283057 1976 9781598283051 acorn and aspects athena bamber baz bennett boxed carlos christian christianity christians christina church composed directed executive firm gascoigne granada history houldey isbn itv john media michael murphy music norman original pasini performed peter pett photos plummer popular presenter produced producer productions richard rodney series set sheppard social swallow taylor television ventures works
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The Guinness Book of Film Facts and Feats by Patrick Robertson (£10.50)Publisher: Guinness World Records — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0851122094]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper and onto the margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In its 288 pages this book is packed full of information relating to films, the methods of production and the film industry. There are sections relating to performers, awards, box office, censorship, documentaries and shorts, news films, camera work, publicity, cinemas, titles, films on TV, amateur films, advertising films, animations, etc. All in the style which has made the Guinness Facts & Feats series such a success. To give some idea of the spread of contents, did you know that: The longest film ever made runs for two days and nights without interruption?; The star with the longest screen career has been appearing in films since 1908?; The first feature-length film was made in Australia?; The largest cast for a film numbered 187,000-more than the number of people who saw it?; Winston Churchill wrote film scripts?; The longest production schedule was 18 years?; Crazy inventions have included films for the blind?; Only one western has been directed by a woman?; A British monarch acted in movies?; The first star to appear on screen naked was back in 1916?; Dracula has never been portrayed on screen the way he was described in the book?; Mary Pickford starred in a Russian movie-without her knowledge?”Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Turquoise boards with White titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: bibliographies certifications cinematography classification discographies documentaries certification entertainment broadcasting satellite-tv association documentary re-mastered blockbuster laservision corporation live-action productions decoration low-budget recordings exhibitors catalogues screenplay claymation supporting soundtrack characters production television censorship performers assistant extensive audiences festivals out-takes favourite directors animation broadcast reference hollywood principal american pictures programs juvenile thriller suitable catalogs
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The Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats by Patrick Robertson (£10.50)Publisher: Guinness — 1988Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0851128998]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Spotting to the leading edge of the first few leaves otherwise a well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. 3rd Edition. From the cover: “In its 288 pages this book is packed full of information relating to films, the methods of production and the film industry. There are sections relating to performers, awards, box office, censorship, documentaries and shorts, news films, camera work, publicity, cinemas, titles, films on TV, amateur films, advertising films, animations, etc. All in the style which has made the Guinness Facts & Feats series such a success. To give some idea of the spread of contents, did you know that: The longest film ever made runs for two days and nights without interruption?; The star with the longest screen career has been appearing in films since 1908?; The first feature-length film was made in Australia?; The largest cast for a film numbered 187,000-more than the number of people who saw it?; Winston Churchill wrote film scripts?; The longest production schedule was 18 years?; Crazy inventions have included films for the blind?; Only one western has been directed by a woman?; A British monarch acted in movies?; The first star to appear on screen naked was back in 1916?; Dracula has never been portrayed on screen the way he was described in the book?; Mary Pickford starred in a Russian movie-without her knowledge?”Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7½". 236 pages. Tags: academy actors actress amateur american animation artistic arts assistant association audiences awards bbfc bibliographies blockbuster bloopers broadcast broadcasting budgets buff cable carlton cartoon catalogs catalogues category censorship certifications channel characters cinema cinematography classic classification claymation code colour comedy corporation coverage credits decoration directors discographies documentaries documentary editing effects entertainment episode exhibitors
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Make-Up For School Plays by Eric Jones (£9.50)Publisher: B. T. Batsford — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0713420634]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Faint edgewear to DJ with a couple of very small nicks, otherwise bright. Price Clipped. Internally bright and clean.Description: Illustrated with line drawings. This book concentrates on the needs of the school production, where the faces of the young performers are still immature and the bonestructure lacks prominence. 95pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") Jacket Designed by Charlotte Baron. Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Tags: Performers Productions Plays 713420634
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The Comic Postcard in English Life by Frederick Alderson (£9.50)Publisher: David & Charles — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 071534708X]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small patch of loss to the head of the upper panel, light scuffing to the lower. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “The coloured postcard, bearing a view or a joke, first appeared late in the nineteenth century. The heyday of the coloured cards was the Edwardian era, and they uniquely evoke its ‘nuttish’ style, expansive outlook and glamour. But the cards have remained widely popular, and this book, based largely though not exclusively, on the productions of a Yorkshire firm which has been in the trade from the beginning, shows how vividly they reflect the changing tastes and preoccupations of the twentieth century.

The lavish illustrations and lively commentary offer a humorous view of the fashions, crazes, morals, pleasures and endurance — in peace, in wars and in the Welfare State — of the average English man and woman. The way in which censorship has become less rigorous and yet humour has basically not changed is in itself a fascinating study. This book is for all who enjoy laughing at others and at themselves — and for those who know that social history has its lighter side.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 112 pages. Tags: postcards history postal cards england social life and customs frederick alderson 071534708x first editions firsts printings 1st
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Dead Famous by Ben Elton (£7.00)Publisher: Black Swan — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0552999458]Condition: Near Fine.Description: Peeping Tom productions invent the perfect TV programme: House Arrest. Its slogan is: One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones. One survivor. This is all a clever parody of the massive TV hit Big Brother, with its vain, ambitious contestants with their:tattoos and their nipple rings, their mutual interest in star signs, their endless hugging and touching, and above all their complete lack of genuine intellectual curiosity about one single thing on this planet that was not directly connected with themselves. However, Elton adds a clever twist to this very funny send-up. On Day 27 of the programme, one of the housemates is killed live on TV. Everyone in the country has a theory about the killer, indeed the only person who seemed to have absolutely no idea whatsoever of the killer's identity was Inspector Stanley Spencer Coleridge, the police officer in charge of the investigation. Coleridge is an old fogey from the 1950s, who has to learn quickly about lesbians, piercings, blow jobs and the seductions of TV fame before he can crack the case. 384pp.
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