Jonathan Harvey - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Harvey comes from Liverpool and is the multi award winning writer of the play and film Beautiful Thing, the Bafta nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme and Beautiful People (Best Comedy: Banff TV Festival). He is currently on the writing teams for both Coronation Street and Shameless. His other TV work includes Rev (Bafta, Best Sitcom), At Home With The Braithwaites, Lilies, The Catherine Tate Show and Murder Most Horrid. He has written 20 stage plays including Corrie!, Canary, Hushabye Mountain, Babies, Boom Bang A Bang and Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club. He also wrote the 2001 stage musical Closer To Heaven with the Pet Shop Boys. His theatre work has won him an Evening Standard Award, two Manchester Evening News Awards, the George Devine Award and the John Whiting Award. But perhaps most telling of all he also won the Spacehopper Championships at Butlins Pwhelli in 1976.

 

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Featured books by Jonathan Harvey

The Girl Who Just Appeared

The Girl Who Just Appeared

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

London 2014. Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she's always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born - 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. By a bizarre twist of fate Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent. She travels north and moves in. When she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards, she wonders if this might hold the secret to her past. Liverpool 1981. Fifteen-year-old Darren negotiates life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is bringing up. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life. Flitting between the present and the past, we discover how Darren and Holly's lives become intertwined. Will Holly uncover the secrets of her past? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?

Other books by Jonathan Harvey

Years She Stole

Years She Stole

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

2017Pregnant Rachel Taylor is enjoying a holiday in Morocco when she gets the phone call to say her mother hasn't got much time left to live. With a head of mixed emotions she returns to the village where she grew up to say her last goodbyes. It's true to say their relationship had often been strained and Rachel had never quite understood why. When clearing out her mother's things she thinks she finds an answer, and her world is changed forever.1978Shirley Burke is on a family holiday at Butlin's when she first sets eyes on Doug, a man considerably older than herself. When his daughter goes missing one night, Shirley's the one who finds her and returns her to him. When his gratitude turns into something else, Shirley realizes this is her time to shine. But Doug is married, and her young life is about to get very complicated.Rachel and Shirley. Two women from different decades in Jonathan Harvey's The Years She Stole. Somehow their lives are entwined and neither can know the impact one woman will have on the other until it's way too late . . .

The Years She Stole

The Years She Stole

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2018

2017 Pregnant Rachel Taylor is enjoying a holiday in Morocco when she gets the phone call to say her mother hasn't got much time left to live. With a head of mixed emotions she returns to the village where she grew up to say her last goodbyes. It's true to say their relationship had often been strained and Rachel had never quite understood why. When clearing out her mother's things she thinks she finds an answer, and her world is changed forever. 1978 Shirley Burke is on a family holiday at Butlin's when she first sets eyes on Doug, a man considerably older than herself. When his daughter goes missing one night, Shirley's the one who finds her and returns her to him. When his gratitude turns into something else, Shirley realizes this is her time to shine. But Doug is married, and her young life is about to get very complicated. Rachel and Shirley. Two women from different decades in Jonathan Harvey's The Years She Stole. Somehow their lives are entwined and neither can know the impact one woman will have on the other until it's way too late . . .

The Years She Stole

The Years She Stole

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/03/2018

2017. Rachel Taylor's mother hasn't got much time left to live. Their relationship had often been strained and Rachel had never quite understood why. When clearing out her mother's things she thinks she finds an answer... 1978. Shirley Burke is on a family holiday when she first sets eyes on Doug, a man considerably older than herself. But Doug is married, and her young life is about to get very complicated...

Plainsongs for Peace and Light (Mixed Voice Choir or 16 Solo Voices)

Plainsongs for Peace and Light (Mixed Voice Choir or 16 Solo Voices)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Sheet music Release Date: 16/01/2018

Predominantly hushed and serene, Plainsongs for Peace and Light proved to be Jonathan Harvey's final work. It sees Harvey re-examining the very fundamentals of his craft - superimposing lines of plainsong, relishing the simple clash of note against note and creating rich, otherworldly sonorities through an elaborate use of canon. Harvey was a composer who always embraced and sought-out the very latest in musical technologies but the simplicity of the a cappella choir became something of a constant to which he returned throughout his life. Writing in Tempo, Paul Conway noted this work's `understated but extremely affecting, numinous power'. The piece is for mixed voices of SATB in 16 parts.

A Sociological Approach to Acquired Brain Injury and Identity

A Sociological Approach to Acquired Brain Injury and Identity

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2017

Inspired by the author's personal experience of sustaining acquired brain injury (ABI), this path-breaking book explores the (re)construction of identity after ABI. It offers a way of understanding ABI through a social scientific lens, promoting an understanding that is generated through close engagement with the lives and experiences of ABI survivors. The author follows the everyday experiences of six male survivors and critically investigates their identity (re)construction after their ABI. As well as demonstrating identity (re)construction after ABI, the experiences of the participants allow the reader to investigate neurological rehabilitation from their perspective. This book suggests that rehabilitation after ABI is often a continual process that extends beyond the formal, medically prescribed period. It also shows that identity after ABI is often (re)constructed in an unpredictable way; a way that emphasises the importance of reciprocal support and the uncertainty of future life. A Sociological Approach to Acquired Brain Injury and Identity is essential reading for academics and students from a range of social scientific disciplines with an interest in biographical or ethnographic research methods. This book offers a social scientific view of rehabilitation and as such is also essential reading for academics, students and professionals with an interest in health and illness, particularly neurological rehabilitation and brain injury rehabilitation.

The History of US

The History of US

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/04/2017

Liverpool, 1985: Kathleen, Adam and Jocelyn are three teenage friends who bond over an unconventional nativity play. They all have ambitions, they all have dreams. Adam wants to be a writer, Jocelyn wants to sing and Kathleen - well, she wants to be an embalmer. London, 2015: Kathleen is a borderline alcoholic, Adam is holding on to a shocking secret and Jocelyn is dead. How did having the world at their feet turn into having the weight of it on their shoulders?

Ricercare una Melodia for Trombone and Electronics

Ricercare una Melodia for Trombone and Electronics

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Sheet music Release Date: 01/02/2017

In Ricercare una melodia, an ingenious work for solo instrument and tape delay from the mid 1980s, Jonathan Harvey takes the literal meaning of Ricercare - 'to seek' - as the inspiration for its structure. It unfolds as two fivepart canons - the first frenetic, twittering and rowdy, the second (where the canon is progressively augmented) more luminous and contemplative. A characterful and concise masterpiece from one of the visionaries of Electro- Acoustic Music.

The History of Us

The History of Us

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Liverpool 1985 Kathleen, Adam and Jocelyn are three teenage friends who bond over an unconventional nativity play. They all have ambitions, they all have dreams. Adam wants to be a writer, Jocelyn wants to sing and Kathleen - well, she wants to be an embalmer. London 2015 Kathleen is a borderline alcoholic, Adam is holding on to a shocking secret and Jocelyn is dead. Where did it all go wrong? How did having the world at their feet turn into having the weight of it on their shoulders? Filled with Jonathan Harvey's trademark wit, warmth and outrageous humour, The History of Us is a novel about friendship and secrets, the choices we make and the consequences we face.

The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2015

It's hard being that woman, the one whose husband disappeared. It's made me quite famous. I just wish it was for something else. He went out five years ago for a pint of milk and never came back. So here I am with a daughter who blames me for all that's wrong in the world, a son trying his best to pick up the pieces and a gaggle of new neighbours who are over friendly, and incredibly nosy. Then I find a left luggage ticket in the pocket of one of his old coats and suddenly I'm thinking... What's if he's not dead? What if he's still out there somewhere? You think you have the perfect life, the perfect kids, and then it's all turned inside out. What if I don't like what I find? And is it a chance I'm willing to take?

The Girl Who Just Appeared

The Girl Who Just Appeared

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

London 2014. Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she's always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born - 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. By a bizarre twist of fate Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent. She travels north and moves in. When she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards, she wonders if this might hold the secret to her past. Liverpool 1981. Fifteen-year-old Darren negotiates life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is bringing up. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life. Flitting between the present and the past, we discover how Darren and Holly's lives become intertwined. Will Holly uncover the secrets of her past? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2014

Premiered at the Bush theatre in 1993 Beautiful Thing was released as a feature film by Channel Four films in 1996 directed by Hettie Macdonald and featuring Meera SyalBeautiful Thing explores pre-teenage homo-erotic sensuality and the frictions and intimacies of living cheek by jowl on a Thamesmead housing estate.

The Confusion of Karen Carpenter

The Confusion of Karen Carpenter

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Hello. There are two things you should know about me: 1) My name is Karen Carpenter. 2) Just before Christmas my boyfriend left me. I'm not THE Karen Carpenter. I just have the most embarrassing name in Christendom. Particularly as I'm no skinny minny and don't play the drums. I can't even sing. I'm tone deaf. I work in a school in the East End. (Where I came third in a `Teacher we'd most like to sleep with' competition amongst the Year 11 boys) My Mum's driving me mad. She's come to stay and is obsessed with Scandi crime shows and Zumba. Oh yeah. The boyfriend. After eleven `happy' years he left me. No explanation just a post it on the kettle when I got in from work. I think I'm handling it really well. I don't think I'm confused at all. What was my name again?

Circles of Silence

Circles of Silence

Author: Jonathan Harvey, Jean-Claude Carriere Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2013

Song of June SATB (divisi) Mixed Voices

Song of June SATB (divisi) Mixed Voices

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2011

The Faber Choral Signature Series introduces a wealth of new or recently written choral music to choirs in search of fresh repertoire. The series draws in a rich diversity of living composers and includes both lighter and more challenging contemporary works, offering a thrilling array of varied styles.

Canary

Canary

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2010

Canary is multi-award winning playwright Jonathan Harvey's long-awaited return to the stage: a deeply moving, funny, unflinching, and often magical story about love, honesty and being brave enough to sing out at the top of your voice - with style. In 1960s Liverpool two lovers hide their homosexuality in the closet, then go their separate ways. While pits close and dole queues grow, a couple of runaways find Heaven in 1980s London. And today the paparazzi chase a love story that could tear a family apart. Then a grieving mother gets lost up a mountain, with a vicar for some dubious consolation. With a unique richness of texture and range, Canary combines pathos and humour with a wildly ambitious scope crossing decades through cyclical family histories. The diverse character list includes a primetime TV host, Queen Isabella, Eleanor Rigby, an 'aversion therary' doctor, Mary Whitehouse and striking miners. Skilfully pulling these wide-ranging threads together, Canary provides a social overview of Britain during the last 50 years, with a focus on the struggle against homophobia. Jonathan Harvey's trademark style of warmth, poignancy, humour and imagination is obvious in this epic, Liverpudlian Angels in America for the 21st century.

Scena (Score)

Scena (Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2008

Valley of Aosta (Score)

Valley of Aosta (Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2008

Flight-elegy (Violin and Piano)

Flight-elegy (Violin and Piano)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/12/2006

Inner Light 2 (Score)

Inner Light 2 (Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2005

Bhakti (Score)

Bhakti (Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2005

Inquest of Love (Libretto)

Inquest of Love (Libretto)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2005

Passion and Resurrection (Vocal Score)

Passion and Resurrection (Vocal Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2005

Easter Orisons (Score)

Easter Orisons (Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2005

Harvey Plays Guiding Star ; Hushabye Mountain ; Out in the Open

Harvey Plays Guiding Star ; Hushabye Mountain ; Out in the Open

Author: Jonathan Harvey, Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2002

A new collection of the latest plays from the writer of Beautiful Thing and TV's Gimme, Gimme, Gimme JONATHAN HARVEY has an athletic and fantastical imagination, bawdy, funny and joyously blasphemous Sunday Times GUIDING STAR: Dry, funny, truthful, the writing buzzes with graceful perception and Scouse sarcasm...one of the best new plays of the year Daily Mail HUSHABYE MOUNTAIN: You would have to have a heart hewn from granite not to respond warmly to Jonathan Harvey's latest play Guardian OUT IN THE OPEN: A touching exploration of grief, the secrets and lies that evolve in friendships and the difficulty of telling the truth to those we love The Times

Out in the Open

Out in the Open

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2001

The brilliant new play from the writer of Beautiful Thing What you don't know, don't hurt you Tony's ready to live-it-large and love again. But his efforts to step back on to the scene are hampered by a secret his friends, Monica and Kevin, should have told him a long time ago. Out in the Open is a funny and caustic exploration of love and the limits of friendship set over a long, hazily hot summer weekend in London.Directed by Kathy Burke, Out in the Open premiered at London's Hampstead Theatre in March 2001 and transferred to Birmingham Rep.

Nataraja (Flute and Piano)

Nataraja (Flute and Piano)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2001

Be(com)ing (Clarinet and Piano)

Be(com)ing (Clarinet and Piano)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/01/2001

Tranquil Abiding (Score)

Tranquil Abiding (Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2000

Harvey Plays Beautiful Thing ; Babies ; Boom Bang-a-bang ; Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club

Harvey Plays Beautiful Thing ; Babies ; Boom Bang-a-bang ; Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/1999

Jonathan Harvey's most popular plays collected in one volume for the first time Contains the smash hit plays Beautiful Thing - a bittersweet tale of the joys and trials of living cheek-by-jowl in a Thamesmead housing estate, Babies is based on the playwright's experiences as a teacher which was 'mercilessly robbed from a particular night when I arrived at a pupil's birthday party to be entertained by a drag queen dressed as the Queen' and The Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club, set among the low-life of Soho centres on the character of Marti, a gay man of a certain age, who can't believe that anyone might fancy him; Boom Bang-A-Bang is about a gathering to view the Eurovision song contest.

Song Offerings (Score)

Song Offerings (Score)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/1998

Hushabye Mountain

Hushabye Mountain

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/1998

From the author of the hugely successful stage play/film Beautiful Thing Hushabye Mountain reveals a world that has learned to live with AIDS. It is full of love, pain, laughs and friendship, where drugs in their various combinations are exhilarating, destructive, costly and even life restoring. Hushabye Mountain premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, in February 1999, in a production with English Touring Theatre. You would have to have a heart hewn from granite not to respond warmly to Jonathan Harvey's latest play (Guardian)

Ricercare Una Melodia (Trumpet)

Ricercare Una Melodia (Trumpet)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/1997

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/1996

Beautiful Thing explores pre-teenage homo-erotic sensuality and the frictions and intimacies of living cheek by jowl on a Thamesmead housing estate.

Beautiful Thing Screenplay

Beautiful Thing Screenplay

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/1996

Premiered at the Bush theatre in 1993 Beautiful Thing was released as a feature film by Channel Four films in 1996 directed by Hettie Macdonald and featuring Meera Syal Beautiful Thing explores pre-teenage homo-erotic sensuality and the frictions and intimacies of living cheek by jowl on a Thamesmead housing estate.

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/1996

Premiered at the Bush theatre in 1993 Beautiful Thing was released as a feature film by Channel Four films in 1996 directed by Hettie Macdonald and featuring Meera SyalBeautiful Thing explores pre-teenage homo-erotic sensuality and the frictions and intimacies of living cheek by jowl on a Thamesmead housing estate.

Babies

Babies

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/1994

Winner of the George Devine Award in 1993, Babies premiered at the Royal Court theatre, London in September 1994 Liverpudlian Joe Casey is twenty-four, gay and a form tutor at a south-east London comprehensive. Joe's life is spliced between the drug-using excesses of his lover Woodie and the advances of his female pupils (and their mothers). A warm and funny comedy by the author of the 1993 hit Beautiful Thing.

FF (Piano)

FF (Piano)

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/1992

God is Our Refuge SATB Accompanied

God is Our Refuge SATB Accompanied

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/1987

The Tree Vocal score

The Tree Vocal score

Author: Jonathan Harvey Format: Sheet music Release Date: 06/08/1981

A setting for trebles, mainly in unison but with some four-part, and organ

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