Nell Leyshon - Author

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Nell Leyshon's first novel, Black Dirt, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, which was the first play written by a woman for Shakespeare's Globe. She writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and won the Richard Imison Award for her first radio play. Nell was born in Glastonbury and lives in Dorset.

 

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Die Farbe von Milch

Die Farbe von Milch

Author: Nell Leyshon Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2017

Mein Name ist Mary. Mein Haar hat die Farbe von Milch. Und dies ist meine Geschichte. Mary ist harte Arbeit gewohnt. Sie kennt es nicht anders, denn ihr Leben auf dem Bauernhof der Eltern verlauft karg und entbehrungsreich. Doch dann andert sich alles. Als sie funfzehn wird, zieht Mary in den Haushalt des ortlichen Dorfpfarrers, um dessen Ehefrau zu pflegen und ihr Gesellschaft zu leisten - einer zarten, mitfuhlenden Kranken. Bei ihr erfahrt sie erstmals Wohlwollen und Anteilnahme. Mary eroffnet sich eine neue Welt. In ihrer einfachen, unverblumten Sprache erzahlt sie, wie ihr Schicksal eine dramatische Wendung nimmt, als die Pfarrersfrau stirbt und sie plotzlich mit dem Hausherrn alleine zuruckbleibt. "e;Eine unverwechselbare, unvergessliche Erzhlstimme ... Marys einfache Worte malen eindringliche Bilder in den Kopf des Lesers ... Nell Leyshons Einfhlungsvermgen ist beeindruckend."e; The Independent Mit Brontesken Untertnen . . . ein verstrender Kommentar zu den sozialen Zwngen, denen Frauen im 19. Jahrhundert unterworfen waren."e; Financial Times Eine kleine Tour de force - eine wundervolle, berzeugende Stimme, und eine erschtternde Geschichte, die mit groem Knnen und mit Sparsamkeit erzhlt ist."e; Penelope Lively Ich liebe dieses Buch. Verfhrerisch, Bront-esk, fesselnd, besonders und unvergesslich. Mary ist eine absolut interessante und liebenswerte Erzhlerin. Ein Buch voller Hoffnung."e; Marian Keyes Was scheinbar ruhig als ein einfaches lndliches Leben ohne groe Aussichten beginnt, entwickelt sich nach und nach, Buchstabe fr Buchstabe zu einem voller Mglichkeiten, das aber durch menschliche Fehlbarkeit zum Scheitern verurteilt ist."e; Daily Telegraph Nur alle Jubeljahre einmal erschafft ein Autor eine so lebendige und aufsehenerregende Erzhlstimme wie die Marys. Nell Leyshon verdient es, mit Preisen berschttet zu werden.

Memoirs of a Dipper

Memoirs of a Dipper

Author: Nell Leyshon Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2016

'A reading experience that hums with an electric energy that never gets boring and feels shockingly, painfully real.' - The Times 'There's different ways to do it: I can slowly move closer step by step, or I can do it in one movement and bump into them. Easiest is in a pub then I can put my drink too close to theirs. Move my stool near theirs. Anything to cross the line.' Gary is a dipper, a burglar, a thief. He is still at junior school when his father first takes him out on the rob, and proves a fast learner: not much more than a child the first time he gets caught, he is a career criminal as soon as he is out again. But Gary is also fiercely intelligent - he often knows more about the antique furniture he is stealing than the people who own it, and is confident in his ability to trick his way out of any situation, always one step ahead. But all that changes when he falls for Mandy...

Black Dirt

Black Dirt

Author: Nell Leyshon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Frank lies in bed, his dying dreams haunted by memories of one long-ago summer, the sticky heat of night, and the stories his father told about Christ, the red-breasted robin, and kings Arthur and Alfred. But other images also rise to the surface, unbidden and unwanted, and Frank finds himself forced to recall his older sister, Iris, whose existence - and terrible crime - he has spent long years struggling to forget.

Bedlam

Bedlam

Author: Nell Leyshon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2010

Set in the notorious 18th Century lunatic asylum that gives the play its name, Bedlam is the story of how a cruel and unusual institution starts to crumble, after the arrival of an unassuming country girl.

Glass Eels

Glass Eels

Author: Nell Leyshon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Late August heat, still and heavy, down on the Somerset Levels. A land of water and silt and mud and eels. Something is moving. Unfurling...During a heady hot summer, a young girl's sexual awakening is coloured by shadows of her early childhood. Written with Leyshon's characteristic stark lyricism and suffused with the austere poetry of the West Country, Glass Eels dramatises the unconscious world of instinct where the lives of humans, plants and eels are all ruled by the primal rhythms of the wetlands. It opens at the Hampstead Theatre in June 2007.

Comfort Me with Apples

Comfort Me with Apples

Author: Nell Leyshon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Autumn, and the orchard is full of cider apples: Beauty of Bath , Kingston Black , and Glory of the West . Inside the farmhouse, the rule of matriarch Irene is challenged when her estranged daughter returns and her middle-aged son, beginning to tire of being tied to the unprofitable farm, grows restless. This is a richly evocative tale about life in our changing rural landscape. Comfort me with Apples premieres at the Hampstead Theatre in October 2005.

The Farm

The Farm

Author: Nell Leyshon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2003

Nothing I do has changed. I'm doing what's always been done on this piece of land The farm is running at a loss, but Vic is determined to keep it going. He'll do anything he can, work day and night, but he won't admit that his small farm has no future. As the rural crisis deepens the family's three generations look for ways to save the farm. But tensions between the old and new worlds threaten to tear the family apart.

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