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The Boy I Love by Lynda Bellingham

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Young actress Sally lands herself an assistant stage manager and bit-part acting job at a repertory theatre in Crewe. This is 1982 when rep theatre was still profitable ... just, and the HIV problem had not been properly addressed or understood. It is a tale of struggling actors which beautifully illustrates the hard work of rehearsing one show all day and performing in another at night. Full of wonderful characters, big ambitions, affairs both casual and serious, young love, bitchiness and much more, it conjures up a time and place which was obviously a part of the author's life. You can almost hear her voice throughout. It is her second novel which she completed just before she died in October. Her first, Tell Me Tomorrow, in a multi-generational tale which, along with this, is highly recommended.

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The Boy I Love by Lynda Bellingham

A superb evocation of theatre life from a naturally gifted storyteller, the beloved Lynda Bellingham. It is the summer of '82 as Sally Thomas prepares to leave her job at the British Drama League in London and head off to the North of England for her very first season in repertory as an Assistant Stage Manager at the beautiful old theatre in Crewe. Flung into this new world, Sally soon finds her feet, thanks to her own steady, unspoilt nature and to the company of her best friend, Jeremy. One of the first lessons she learns is that the other actors barely need tuition in the art of stage-fighting, since they are quite adept at stabbing each other in the back. When Jeremy falls suddenly and dangerously in love, Sally needs to grow up - fast. A shadow is falling over the theatre, sparing no one, and a tragedy is gathering pace in the darkness behind the stage. The Boy I Love is a superb evocation of theatre and real life that will stay with you long after you've read it. Be warned: it may just break your heart.

About the Author

Lynda Bellingham enjoyed a career spanning 45 years. She was much loved as the warm, open and quick-witted panellist on Loose Women as well as for her appearances on Strictly Come Dancing and Calendar Girls. Her acting career had many highlights, including All Creatures Great and Small: she is still loved and remembered as the long-suffering mum in the Oxo commercials. In 2014 Lynda was awarded the OBE. Lynda died on 20th October 2014.

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20th November 2014


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Simon & Schuster Ltd


448 pages


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