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Richard Wilson - Author

About the Author

Richard Wilson is head of comedy for Hat Trick Productions and executive producer of Have I Got News For You. He has also previously worked on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Room 101. He is the author of Can't Be Arsed: 101 Things Not To Do Before You Die and How Not to Talk Like an Arse.

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Double Take

Double Take

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2017

The barn turned out to be a spaceship in disguise, and that was only the beginning. Before his strange adventure ended, young Paul Asher found himself going around in circles-very peculiar circles indeed!


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Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe

Author: Richard Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/01/2017

Christopher Marlowe has provoked some of the most radical criticism of recent years. There is an elective affinity, it seems, between this pre-modern dramatist and the post-modern critics whose best work has been inspired by his plays. The reason suggested by this collection of essays is that Marlowe shares the post-modern preoccupation with the language of power - and the power of language itself. As Richard Wilson shows in his introduction, it is no accident that the founding essays of New Historicism were on Marlowe; nor that current Queer Theorists focus so much on his images of gender and homosexuality. Marlowe staged both the birth of the modern author and the origin of modern sexual desire, and it is this unique conjunction that makes his drama a key to contemporary debates about the state and the self: from pornography to gays in the military. Gay Studies, Cultural Materialism, New Historicism and Reader Response Criticism are all represented in this selection, which the introduction places in the light not only of theorists like Althusser, Bataille and Bakhtin, but also of artists and writers such as Jean Genet and Robert Mapplethorpe. Many of the essays take off from Marlowe's extreme dramatisations of arson, cruelty and aggression, suggesting why it is that the thinker who has been most convincingly applied to his theatre is the philosopher of punishment and pain, Michel Foucault. Others explore the exclusiveness of this all-male universe, and reveal why it remains so offensive and impenetrable to feminism. For what they all make disturbingly clear is Marlowe's violent, untamed difference from the cliches and correctness of normative society.


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Return to Camlann

Return to Camlann

Author: Richard Wilson, John Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2016

Mistaken identity... It happens. In Return to Camlann, the third book in the fast-paced thriller series featuring Hardington Tachman (aka Hardtack), Hardtack is repeatedly mistaken for an identical twin brother he doesn't even know exists. Following horrifying events in Africa and India, Hardtack has returned alone to America while his wife, Mei Li, who has lost her memory, lives in Italy with Tino, her new lover. Hardtack begins a desultory relationship with Maria who becomes desperate when Mei Li suddenly returns. Hardtack and Mei Li grope to mend their strained relationship by taking a trip to Mexico, but it is there that members of a drug cartel spot Hardtack. They mistake him for his brother, a drug enforcement agent and when they see Maria embracing him, her bother, the cartel chief, refuses to believe she's not a spy - with fatal consequences. Hardtack later travels to the American southwest for a conference and embarks on a relationship with Eva, as a consequence of his doubt about Mei Li's fidelity. The conference turns out to be a hoax, which leads to a final reckoning in the town of Camlann. In an explosive confrontation, true identities are uncovered and shocking secrets are unearthed. Return to Camlann is the third and final installment of `The Hardtack Diary' series, which will have readers on the edge of their seats. This fast-paced and intricately-written thriller will appeal to fans of Ian Fleming's James Bond series.


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Return to Camlann

Return to Camlann

Author: Richard Wilson, John Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2016

Mistaken identity... It happens. In Return to Camlann, the third book in the fast-paced thriller series featuring Hardington Tachman (aka Hardtack), Hardtack is repeatedly mistaken for an identical twin brother he doesn't even know exists. Following horrifying events in Africa and India, Hardtack has returned alone to America while his wife, Mei Li, who has lost her memory, lives in Italy with Tino, her new lover. Hardtack begins a desultory relationship with Maria who becomes desperate when Mei Li suddenly returns. Hardtack and Mei Li grope to mend their strained relationship by taking a trip to Mexico, but it is there that members of a drug cartel spot Hardtack. They mistake him for his brother, a drug enforcement agent and when they see Maria embracing him, her bother, the cartel chief, refuses to believe she's not a spy - with fatal consequences. Hardtack later travels to the American southwest for a conference and embarks on a relationship with Eva, as a consequence of his doubt about Mei Li's fidelity. The conference turns out to be a hoax, which leads to a final reckoning in the town of Camlann. In an explosive confrontation, true identities are uncovered and shocking secrets are unearthed. Return to Camlann is the third and final installment of 'The Hardtack Diary' series, which will have readers on the edge of their seats. This fast-paced and intricately-written thriller will appeal to fans of Ian Fleming's James Bond series.


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Summer Exhibition Illustrated A Selection from the 248th Summer Exhibition

Summer Exhibition Illustrated A Selection from the 248th Summer Exhibition

Author: Richard Wilson, Abdallah Nauphal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

The Royal Academy's popular Summer Exhibition has been an annual event since 1769. Today, around a thousand works are chosen each year from over 12,000 entries. The exhibition, which includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, architectural designs and models, is the largest open-submission show in the UK. First published in the 1870s, the Summer Exhibition Illustrated presents the highlights of each year's selection and is a fascinating barometer of changing artistic tastes. Spectacular installation shots of the galleries and numerous reproductions of the works on display complement an introduction to this year's exhibition.


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Free Will

Free Will

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2016

Free Will: Art and power on Shakespeare's stage is a study of theatre and sovereignty that situates Shakespeare's plays in the contraflow between two absolutisms of early modern England: the aesthetic and the political. Starting from the dramatist's cringing relations with his princely patrons, Richard Wilson considers the ways in which this 'bending author' identifies freedom in failure and power in weakness by staging the endgames of a sovereignty that begs to be set free from itself. The arc of Shakespeare's career becomes in this comprehensive new interpretation a sustained resistance to both the institutions of sacred kingship and literary autonomy that were emerging in his time. In a sequence of close material readings, Free Will shows how the plays instead turn command performances into celebrations of an art without sovereignty, which might 'give delight' but 'hurt not', and 'leave not a rack behind'. Free Will is a profound rereading of Shakespeare, art and power that will contribute to thinking not only about the plays, but also about aesthetics, modernity, sovereignty and violence.


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Free Will

Free Will

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2016

Free Will: Art and power on Shakespeare's stage is a study of theatre and sovereignty that situates Shakespeare's plays in the contraflow between two absolutisms of early modern England: the aesthetic and the political. Starting from the dramatist's cringing relations with his princely patrons, Richard Wilson considers the ways in which this 'bending author' identifies freedom in failure and power in weakness by staging the endgames of a sovereignty that begs to be set free from itself. The arc of Shakespeare's career becomes in this comprehensive new interpretation a sustained resistance to both the institutions of sacred kingship and literary autonomy that were emerging in his time. In a sequence of close material readings, Free Will shows how the plays instead turn command performances into celebrations of an art without sovereignty, which might 'give delight' but 'hurt not', and 'leave not a rack behind'. Free Will is a profound rereading of Shakespeare, art and power that will contribute to thinking not only about the plays, but also about aesthetics, modernity, sovereignty and violence.


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Worldly Shakespeare The Theatre of Our Good Will

Worldly Shakespeare The Theatre of Our Good Will

Author: Richard Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2016

In Worldly Shakespeare Richard Wilson proposes that the universalism proclaimed in the name of Shakespeare's playhouse was tempered by his own worldliness, the performative idea that runs through his plays, that if 'All the world's a stage', then 'all the men and women in it' are 'merely players'. Situating this playacting in the context of current concerns about the difference between globalization and mondialisation, the book considers how this drama offers itself as a model for a planet governed not according to universal toleration, but the right to offend: 'But with good will'. For when he asks us to think we 'have but slumbered' throughout his offensive plays, Wilson suggests, Shakespeare is presenting a drama without catharsis, which anticipates post-structuralist thinkers like Jacques Ranci re and Slavoj Zizek, who insist the essence of democracy is dissent, and 'the presence of two worlds in one'. Living out his scenario of the guest who destroys the host, by welcoming the religious terrorist, paranoid queen, veiled woman, papist diehard, or puritan fundamentalist into his play-world, Worldly Shakespeare concludes, the dramatist instead provides a pretext for our globalized communities in a time of Facebook and fatwa, as we also come to depend on the right to offend 'with our good will'.


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Worldly Shakespeare The Theatre of Our Good Will

Worldly Shakespeare The Theatre of Our Good Will

Author: Richard Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2016

In Worldly Shakespeare Richard Wilson proposes that the universalism proclaimed in the name of Shakespeare's playhouse was tempered by his own worldliness, the performative idea that runs through his plays, that if 'All the world's a stage: then 'all the men and women in it' are 'merely players'. Situating this playacting in the context of current concerns about the difference between globalisation and mondialisation, the book considers how this drama offers itself as a model for a planet governed not according to universal toleration, but the right to offend: 'But with good will'. For when he asks us to think we 'have but slumbered' throughout his offensive plays, Wilson suggests, Shakespeare is presenting a drama without catharsis, which anticipates post-structuralist thinkers like Jacques Ranciere and Slavoj Ziiek, who insist the essence of democracy is dissent, and 'the presence of two worlds in one'. Living out his scenario of the guest who destroys the host, by welcoming the religious terrorist, paranoid queen, veiled woman, papist diehard or puritan fundamentalist into his play-world, Worldly Shakespeare concludes, the i dramatist instead provides a pretext-for our globalised communities in a time of Facebook and fatwa, as we also come to depend on the right to offend 'with our good will'.


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Inhabited

Inhabited

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2015

In this fascinating tale from the height of science fiction's golden age, the inhabitants of Earth become vessels that are colonized by a telepathic species of aliens on the prowl for an exciting new world to conquer. It's a compelling look at twentieth-century life from an outsider's perspective.


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Inhabited

Inhabited

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2015

In this fascinating tale from the height of science fiction's golden age, the inhabitants of Earth become vessels that are colonized by a telepathic species of aliens on the prowl for an exciting new world to conquer. It's a compelling look at twentieth-century life from an outsider's perspective.


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Double Take

Double Take

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2015

In this fast-paced gem of a tale from the golden age of science fiction, befuddled protagonist Paul Asher finds himself maneuvering a speeding vehicle at the behest of a mysterious female passenger. When the car pulls in to what looks like a large barn, the adventure becomes even more bizarre.


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Double Take

Double Take

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2015

In this fast-paced gem of a tale from the golden age of science fiction, befuddled protagonist Paul Asher finds himself maneuvering a speeding vehicle at the behest of a mysterious female passenger. When the car pulls in to what looks like a large barn, the adventure becomes even more bizarre.


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23rd Golden Age of Science Fiction MEGAPACK (R):  Richard Wilson

23rd Golden Age of Science Fiction MEGAPACK (R): Richard Wilson

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2015

Richard Wilson (1920-1987) was a Nebula Award winning American science fiction writer and fan. He was a member of the Futurians, and was at his most prolific in the 1950s -- though he continued writing throughout his entire life. This volume focuses on his science fiction (24 stories) from the 1950s, but also includes a "e;non fiction"e; ghost story and a brief autobiography written in the 1980s. Included are:MURDER FROM MARSSTEPSONS OF MARSDATELINE: MARSVISITOR FROM THE VOIDNEW WEAPONBACK TO JULIE, by Richard WilsonHAVE IT YOUR OWN WAY KILLER IN THE CRIBINSIDE STORYWHEN I GROW UPSHOW YOUR MIGHTTHE FUTILE FLIGHT OF JOHN ARTHUR BENNGEORGE ALL THE WAYDENY THE SLAKEQRMQUOTA FOR CONQUESTCHANGE OF VENUETHE IN-BETWEENSTHE VENUS PAPERSGRAND PRIZEJUST CALL ME IRISHTHE VOICE OF THE DIAPHRAGMAUNT FRITZITHE LITERARY CAREER OF RICHARD WILSONIf you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "e;Wildside Press Megapack"e; to see more of the 250+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!


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Girls from Planet 5

Girls from Planet 5

Author: Richard Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2015

When the beautiful invaders took over, only Texas fought back! A "e;different"e; science fiction novel by award-winning author Richard Wilson. Originally published in 1955, this is a science fiction romp that pokes fun at the B-Movie notion of beautiful alien invaders.Richard Wilson (1920-1987) was a Nebula Award winning American science fiction writer and fan. He was a member of the Futurians (alongside such notables as Isaac Asimov, Donald A. Wollheim, and C.M. Kornbluth). His books included the novels The Girls from Planet 5 (1955); 30-Day Wonder (1960); and And Then the Town Took Off (1960); and the collections Those Idiots from Earth (1957) and Time Out for Tomorrow (1962). His short stories included "e;The Eight Billion"e; (nominated for a Nebula Award as Best Short Story in 1965); "e;Mother to the World"e; (nominated for the Hugo for Best Novelette in 1969 and winner of the Nebula in 1968); and "e;The Story Writer"e; (nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1979).


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The Furnace of Hell The Hardtack Diary: Book 2

The Furnace of Hell The Hardtack Diary: Book 2

Author: Richard Wilson, John Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2014

This second book in the blistering thriller series featuring Hardington Tachman (aka Hardtack) sees him and his wife Mei Li in Karindu, West Africa, at the start of a new life following their first adventure. Their world is blown apart when they are caught up in a violent, student-led jihadist movement and ensnared in a world of strange prophecies and ritualistic violence. Mei Li is abducted by a crazed juju priestess in league with the jihadists, but is rescued by a Touareg warrior and spirited north into the desert. During this frightening journey, Mei Li loses her memory of Hardtack and of the horrifying events in Karindu. Anchorless, she becomes an unwilling courier, carrying a map that reveals the location of a secret uranium deposit in West Africa. Many people are desperate to obtain this information and will stop at nothing to get it. A transcontinental chase ensues. Reunited with Hardtack in London, Mei Li, who no longer recognises her husband, flees to Istanbul, then to Varanasi in India, where - amidst funeral pyres on the River Ganges - Hardtack will face the fires of cremation, unless Mei Li relinquishes her fatal possession...

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