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Stuart Prebble has a distinguished career in television having produced some of the funniest people in the business including Clive James, Billy Connolly, Dame Edna Everage, Victoria Wood and Lenny Henry. He is currently Head of Features at Liberty Bell Productions.
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A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured hand for atmosphere and cleverly dissects deep layers of the human mind with a scalpel. Two brothers, both with a particularly obsessive nature, find themselves thrown into disarray and a cat and mouse game with the police. While Roger is entranced by his beautiful girlfriend Harriet, Roger spends all his time with his insects in the garden shed, harbouring secrets which could be connected to the mysterious death of their parents. Who should the reader side with? Who is unreliable? The novel charges down the pages to a shock ending that caught me by surprise. Not one to be read in the dark. ~ Max Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured hand for atmosphere and cleverly dissects deep layers of the human mind with a scalpel. Two brothers, both with a particularly obsessive nature, find themselves thrown into disarray and a cat and mouse game with the police. While Roger is entranced by his beautiful girlfriend Harriet, Roger spends all his time with his insects in the garden shed, harbouring secrets which could be connected to the mysterious death of their parents. Who should the reader side with? Who is unreliable? The novel charges down the pages to a shock ending that caught me by surprise. Not one to be read in the dark.
Even grumpies will find a smidgen of fun in this tome, whilst the rest of us will find the authorâ€™s rants on every part of Christmas festivities a huge joy. Bucket loads of humour coupled with astute observations will ensure a smile on the face of those who read it this Christmas.
An eerie debut suspense novel that explores how little one man may know his own brother--and his own mind. The Maguire brothers each have their own driving, single-minded obsession. For Jonathan, it is his magnificent, talented, and desirable wife, Harriet. For Roger, it is the elaborate universe he has constructed in a shed in their parents' garden, populated by millions of tiny insects. While Jonathan's pursuit of Harriet leads him to feelings of jealousy and anguish, Roger's immersion in the world he has created reveals a capability and talent which are absent from his everyday life. Roger is known to all as a loving, protective, yet simple man, but the ever-growing complexity of the insect farm suggests that he is capable of far more than anyone believes. Following a series of strange and disturbing incidents, Jonathan begins to question every story he has ever been told about his brother--and if he has so completely misjudged Roger's mind, what else might he have overlooked about his family, and himself? The Insect Farm is a dramatic psychological thriller about the secrets we keep from those we love most, and the extent to which the people closest to us are also the most unknowable. In his astounding debut, Stuart Prebble guides us through haunting twists and jolting discoveries as a startling picture emerges: One of the Maguire brothers is a killer, and the other has no idea.
HMS Conqueror is Britain's most famous submarine. It is the only sub since World War Two to have sunk an enemy ship. Conqueror's sinking of the Argentine cruiser Belgrano made inevitable an all-out war over the future of the Falkland Islands, and sparked off one of the most controversial episodes of twentieth century politics. The controversy was fuelled by a war-diary kept by an officer on board HMS Conqueror, and as a young TV producer in the 1980s Stuart Prebble scooped the world by locating the diary's author and getting his story on the record. But in the course of uncovering his Falklands story, Stuart Prebble also learned a military secret which could have come straight out of a Cold War thriller. It involved the Top Secret activities of the Conqueror in the months before and after the Falklands War. Prebble has waited for thirty years to tell his story. It is a story of incredible courage and derring-do, of men who put their lives on the line and were never allowed to tell what they had done. This story, buried under layers of official secrecy for three decades, is one of Britain's great military success stories and can now finally be told.
To everything there is a season. A time to be born, a time to die ... and a time to have a bloody good moan. Following the huge success of Grumpy Old Men, Stuart Prebble, writer of the highly acclaimed TV series, gives us a more in-depth look at what it's really like to be a pissed-off man of a certain age. In painstaking detail, he takes us through a year in the constantly irritated life of a Grumpy Old Man, recounting the manifold vexations and absurdities he has to put up with in the perpetual torment that we call modern living. Drinks parties, holidays, hospital visits, his children's misdemeanours, buying presents for the wife, watching television, attempts to visit the gym, trips to the shops, the trials and tribulations of everyday life - each event has something to tip him over the edge. Stuart's diary proves that grumpiness is not just an occasional mood or a temporary feeling, but a way of looking at the world, and will strike a chord with all those who are proud to call themselves Grumpy Old Men.
Do you know someone who is incensed by compulsory tipping? Who is infuriated if kept on hold for more than a minute? Who is positively apoplectic if someone answers their phone during dinner? If so, youve probably encountered the phenomenon of the grumpy old man. Following their first massively successful BBC1 series, this autumn will see the grumpy old men will return to our screens, and this time theyre grumpier than ever. Packed with funny and informative chapters such as Who are we, What are we grumpy about and How can you spot the signs of grumpiness coming on, this book will leave even the grumpiest of men with a grin on his face.