Blake Morrison - Author

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Born in Skipton, Yorkshire, Blake Morrison is the author of bestselling memoirs, When Did You Last See Your Father? (winner of the J.R.Ackerley Prize for Autobiography and the Esquire Award for Non-Fiction) and Things My Mother Never Told Me ('the must read book of the year' - Tony Parsons), one novel and a study of the Bulger case, As If. He is also a critic, journalist, librettist and poet. He teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, and lives in South London with his family.

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Executor

Executor

Author: Blake Morrison Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Executor by Blake Morrison, read by Adam James. What matters most: marriage or friendship? fidelity or art? the wishes of the living or the talents of the dead? Matt Holmes finds himself considering these questions sooner than he thinks when his friend, the poet Robert Pope, dies unexpectedly. Rob had invited Matt to become his literary executor at their annual boozy lunch, pointing out that, at 60, he was likely to be around for some time yet. And Matt, having played devotee and apprentice to 'the bow-tie poet' for so long, hadn't the heart (or the gumption) to deny him.Now, after a frosty welcome from his widow, Matt sits at Rob's rosewood desk and ponders his friend's motives. He has never understood Rob's conventional life with Jill, who seems to have no interest in her late husband's work. But he soon finds himself in an ethical minefield, making shocking and scabrous discoveries that overturn everything he thought he knew about his friend. As Jill gets to work in the back garden, Matt is forced to weigh up the merits of art and truth. Should he conceal what he has found or share it? After all, it's not just Rob's reputation that could be transformed forever...Bestselling novelist and poet Blake Morrison creates a biting portrait of competitive male friendship, sexual obsession and the fragile transactions of married life. The Executor innovatively interweaves poetry and prose to form a gripping literary detective story.

The Executor

The Executor

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2018

What matters most: marriage or friendship? fidelity or art? the wishes of the living or the talents of the dead? Matt Holmes finds himself considering these questions sooner than he thinks when his friend, the poet Robert Pope, dies unexpectedly. Rob had invited Matt to become his literary executor at their annual boozy lunch, pointing out that, at 60, he was likely to be around for some time yet. And Matt, having played devotee and apprentice to `the bow-tie poet' for so long, hadn't the heart (or the gumption) to deny him. Now, after a frosty welcome from his widow, Matt sits at Rob's rosewood desk and ponders his friend's motives. He has never understood Rob's conventional life with Jill, who seems to have no interest in her late husband's work. But he soon finds himself in an ethical minefield, making shocking and scabrous discoveries that overturn everything he thought he knew about his friend. As Jill gets to work in the back garden, Matt is forced to weigh up the merits of art and truth. Should he conceal what he has found or share it? After all, it's not just Rob's reputation that could be transformed forever... Bestselling novelist and poet Blake Morrison creates a biting portrait of competitive male friendship, sexual obsession and the fragile transactions of married life. The Executor innovatively interweaves poetry and prose to form a gripping literary detective story.

Shingle Street

Shingle Street

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2015

`A cul-de-sac, a dead-end track, A sandbanked strand to sink a fleet, A bay, a bar, a strip, a trap, A wrecking ground, that's Shingle Street.' Blake Morrison's first two collections, Dark Glasses (1984) and The Ballad of a Yorkshire Ripper (1987) established him as one of our most inventive and accomplished contemporary poets. In his first full-length collection for nearly thirty years, Shingle Street sees a return to the form with which he started his career. Set along the Suffolk coast, the opening poems address a receding world - an eroding landscape, `abashed by the ocean's passion'. But coastal life gives way to other, more dangerous, vistas: a wave unleashes a flood-tide of terror; a sequence of topical poems lays bare pressing political issues; while elsewhere portraits of the past bring forth the dear and the departed. Ardent and elegiac, and encompassing an impressive range of mood and method, this is a timely offering from a poet of distinct talents.

We are Three Sisters

We are Three Sisters

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2011

Poet, playwright and novelist Blake Morrison evokes the lives of the Bronte sisters, with a nod to Chekhov's Three Sisters. Against the backdrop of a windswept northern village, three remarkable young women live their lives brightly. In Haworth in the 1840s, in a gloomy parsonage, where there are neither curtains nor comforts, Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte light up their world with outspoken wit, aspirations, dreams and ideas. And throughout their confined lives intensely lived - they write. With a touch of poetic licence, Morrison shows us the overwhelming humanity, charged emotions and brooding unease which characterise the Bronte household - and that of Chekhov's Three Sisters.

The Last Weekend

The Last Weekend

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Set over a long weekend in East Anglia, this is the chilling story of a rivalrous friendship - as told with deceptive casualness by the narrator, Ian. It opens with a surprise phone call from an old university friend, inviting Ian and his wife, Em, for a few days by the sea. Their hosts, Ollie and Daisy, are a golden couple, and the scene is set for sunlit relaxation. But dangerous tensions quickly emerge, and in the stifling atmosphere of a remote cottage in the hottest days of summer, Ollie and Ian resurrect a bet made twenty years before. Each day becomes a series of challenges for higher and higher stakes, setting in train actions that will have irreversible consequences.

A Little, Aloud An anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for

A Little, Aloud An anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2010

We are on the cusp of a reading revolution. Increasingly, research is uncovering an intimate connection between reading and wellbeing. The seemingly simple act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits. It stimulates thought and memory, encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears. It enriches our lives and minds. This unique book offers a selection of prose and poetry especially suitable for reading aloud - to your husband or wife, a sick parent or child, an elderly relative. With short introductions and discussion topics for each piece there's something here for everyone - from Shakespeare and Black Beauty to Elizabeth Jennings and Bruce Chatwin. All royalties in full will go to The Reader Organisation, the leading UK charity for reading and health.

South of the River

South of the River

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2008

It opens on the 'new dawn' of Labour's election victory in 1997, and ends five years later. But this is not so much 'state of the nation' as state of our souls, marriages, families, hopes and careers - a sharp and sexy portrait of a dysfunctional group of characters, all different yet connected. There's Nat, failed dramatist and reluctant lecturer, falling for a younger woman; Anthea, an eco-friendly lost soul obesessed with foxes; Libby, hardworking mother and advertising executive; Harry, Nat's friend and ex-pupil, a journalist on a local paper, with a guilty secret of his own; and Jack, Nat's unexpectedly poignant uncle, who lives for fox-hunting. Intimate and disconcerting, compelling and comic, an anatomy of the way things are, South of the River is the big British novel for our times - and a tour de force.

And When Did You Last See Your Father?

And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2006

First published in 1993, Blake Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? is an extraordinary portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement. It became a bestseller, and inspired a whole genre of confessional memoirs. This new edition includes a new afterword by the author.

Writing Works A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities

Writing Works A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2006

The use of creative writing as a route to personal development is a powerful therapeutic tool - a fact that is recognized in the growing numbers of workshops and writing groups within professional contexts, including clinical, health and criminal justice settings. Writing Works is a guide for writers or therapists working with groups or individuals and is full of practical advice on everything from the equipment needed to run a session to ideas for themes, all backed up by the theory that underpins the methods explained. Experienced practitioners in the field contribute detailed illuminating accounts of organizing writing workshops for a wide range of different clients, together with examples of their outcomes. This book will be an invaluable start-up reference for arts therapists and professionals working across the health, social care and caring professions, and one that will be referred to again and again.

Things My Mother Never Told Me

Things My Mother Never Told Me

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2003

In his masterpiece of family literature, And When Did you Last See Your Father?, Blake Morrison's mother appears as an intriguing but mostly silent figure. This is her startling and touching story - and a son's search to discover the truth about the remarkable Kerry girl who qualified as a doctor in Dublin in 1942, worked in British hospitals throughout the war, and then reinvented herself again to adapt to a quieter post-war family life. At the heart of the book there's a passionate wartime love affair, seen through the frank, funny, furious letters his parents wrote during their courtship. It evokes a surprising picture of life and love in WWII. From the obstacles the lovers faced, to their moments of hilarity and joy Things My Mother Never Told Me is a revealing and poignant anatomy of family conflict, love, war, and finally marriage. Kim Morrison emerges quietly, magically from the shadows, a determined heroine for our times.

The Justification Of Johann Gutenberg

The Justification Of Johann Gutenberg

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Around 1400, in the city of Mainz, a man was born whose heretical invention was to change history. Sixty odd years later he died - robbed of his business, his printing presses, and, so he thought, his immortality. Johann Gutenberg, master printer, charmer, conman and visionary was the man who invented 'artificial writing' and printed the Gutenberg Bible.In his dazzling first novel Morrison gives us Gutenberg's 'testament' - his justification, dictated to one of the young scribes his invention has put out of work. Through the words of his endearing, exasperating creation Morrison conjures up the colourful, plague-ridden world of fifteenth-century Europe, the rich burghers, concupiscent daughters, wily apprentices, careless scribes - and the craftsmen who pioneered the art of print. But, above all, there is the exasperating, endearing and finally haunting figure of Gutenberg himself- a man who gambled everything - money, honour, friendship and a woman's love - on the greatest invention of the last millennium.

The Justification Of Johann Gutenberg

The Justification Of Johann Gutenberg

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2000

In the year 1400, in the city of Mainz, a man was born whose heretical invention was to change history. Sixty odd years later he died - bankrupt, robbed of his business, his printing presses, his good name and, so he thought, immortality. Reading between the lines of history, Blake Morrison has woven a stunning novel around the few facts that are known about the life and work of Johann Gensfleisch of Gutenberg, master printer, charmer, conman and visionary - the man who invented 'artifical writing', first printed a Latin grammar and then the 'Gutenberg' Bible, putting thousands of monks out of work. In a first novel that is dazzling in its artistry and delicacy, and pure enchantment for the reader, Morrison gives us Gutenberg's 'testament'. Gutenberg dictates his justification and apologia - ironically enough - to pretty young scribes, who have the power not only to reject an old man's advances but also to change his words, since with his failing eyesight he can barely read them. Through the words he puts into the mouth of this endearing, maddening, touching creation Morrison conjures up a noisy, colourful, plague-ridden fifteenth-century world in the rival cities of Mainz and Strasbourg, as well as in the wider European world beyond, from the flourishing cities of the Rhine to the lowland plains in the North.

The Gospel According to John

The Gospel According to John

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/1998

In both the literary sense and content, this gospel differs dramatically from the others in that it expresses the movement towards agnosticism and is more concerned with explaining high concepts like truth, light, life and spirit than recounting historical fact. With an introduction by Blake Morrison.

The Cracked Pot

The Cracked Pot

Author: Blake Morrison Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1996

This text is more than a translation of von Kliest's Der Zerbrochene Krug , as the action now takes place in Skipton, in 1810 and is transformed by a tough Yorkshire dialect. The play concerns Judge Adam, Skipton's sole agent of justice, who is far from happy to be visited by the magistrate Walter Clegg, seeking out signs of malpractics. The trial that Walter overseas seems uncomplicated at first - the formidable Martha is suing her daughter's fiance, Leslie, for breaking her jug. However, many family grievances are unearthed and discovering the identity of a mysterious man seen with the daughter becomes crucial to the case.

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