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Playing around

Rough Crossing by Tom Stoppard (Faber, £3.95) Seagoing hazards in Stoppard's much acclaimed version of Ferenc Molnar's orginal script.

A Better Class of Person and God Rot Tunbridge Wells by John Osborne (Faber, £3.95). The first is a dramatic distillation of Osborne's own wartime childhood in the Isle of Wight and Bognor; the second, from the home of "Angry of . . ." is a monolguc, first performed by Trevor Howard, as Handel on his deathbed.

My Brother's Keeper by Nigel Williams (Faber, £3.95). Deathbed confrontations and a family split are the central points of this intelligent play, first performed at Greenwich in 1985.

The Riot Act by Tom Paulin (Faber, £3.95). In a new version of Sophocles Antigone, the author uses a Northern Irish vernacular to examine the problems of contemporary society.

An Unnatural Pursuit and other Pieces by Simon Gray (Faber, £4.95). A diary of the events and personality clashes surrounding Mr Gray's The Common Pursuit which was performed early in 1984 at the Lyric,

Hammersmith, with Harold Pinter much in evidence as well.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Sidgwick, £4.95) Wonderful cartoon version Viola in black leather with David Bowie haircut, Olivia as a vamp, Sir Toby Belch clutching a copy of Sporting Life — from the talented studio of John Howard.

Poems

Collected Poems 1931-1974 by Laurence Durrell (Faber, L4.95) The first definitive paperback edition from the author of The Alexandria Quartet and The Avignon Quintet: a man once described as the equal of Auden.

Skevington's Daughter by Oliver Reynolds (Faber, £3.95) This witty first collection comes complete with a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

The Enchafed Flood by W H Auden (Faber, £3.95) Talking of Auden . . .

Memoirs, portraits

Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour by Frances Donaldson (Weidenfeld, £4.95). Published in 1967 one year after Waugh's death, this portrait is affectionate and rather whimsical, in stark contrast to the rather unfavourable pictures of Waugh which appeared later. Confessions of an Irish Rebel by Brendan Behan (Arena, £2.95) The final volume of Behan's autobidgraphy begins with his release from Borstal in 1942 and charts the tempestuous life of this literary genius.

Mission with Mountbatten by Alan Campbell-Johnson (Hamish Hamilton, 5.95). The author was Mountbatten's press attache during the final days of the Indian Raj and this rather stiff and cluttered work tells the tale of those charged days.

The Diary of Thomas Turner 1754-1765 edited by David Vaisey (OUP, £4.95). The Percy Sugden of eighteenth century East Hoathly, Sussex, comes across in all his shining armour in this amusing story of rural pleasures.

Hummingbirds and Hyenas by Edward Pearce (Faber, £4.95). In the wake of The Senate of Lilliput, Mr Pearce's cruel sketch of Commons figurines, he has now turned his attention to more politicos — Sir Keith Joseph, "the symbol of diminished abrasiveness", David Alton, "impresses as very progressive about things far away and very hard-bitten about things close at hand". . .

Peter Fleming




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