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An Awfully Big Adventure (novel)

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Country  United Kingdom
Publication date  1989
ISBN  978-0-7531-5120-4
Originally published  1989
Genre  Psychological novel
Publisher  Duckworth Overlook
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Language  English
Media type  Print (Hardcover)
Preceded by  Watson's Apology
Author  Beryl Bainbridge
Followed by  The Birthday Boys
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Adaptations  An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)
Similar  Beryl Bainbridge books, Actor books

An Awfully Big Adventure is a novel written by Beryl Bainbridge. It was short listed for the Booker Prize in 1990 and adapted as a movie in 1995. The story was inspired by Bainbridge's own experiences working at the Liverpool Playhouse in her youth.

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Storyline

Set in working-class England right after World War II, the story observes sexual politics amongst a troupe of actors working at a shabby regional playhouse. During a Christmas production of Peter Pan, the play turns into a dark metaphor for youth when Stella Bradshaw, an ambitious teenage girl from the slums of Liverpool, joins the company and gets entangled in the backstage intrigue.

The title is an ironic reference to the original Peter Pan story, in which Peter says "To die will be an awfully big adventure."

Film Adaptation

In 1995, Fine Line Features released a motion picture adaptation starring Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and then-unknown actress Georgina Cates in the central role. The film was directed by Mike Newell and is one of the only film versions of Bainbridge's works.

References

An Awfully Big Adventure (novel) Wikipedia


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