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Brian Sibley
BRIAN DAVID SIBLEY (born 14 July 1949) is an English writer. He is author of over 100 hours of radio drama and has written and presented hundreds of radio documentaries, features and weekly programmes. He is widely known as the author of many movie 'making of' books, including those for the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
series and The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
and The Hobbit trilogies. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 References * 4 External links EARLY LIFE This section of a biography of a living person DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY REFERENCES OR SOURCES
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Roald Dahl
ROALD DAHL (English: /ˈroʊ.əld ˈdɑːl/ , Norwegian: ; 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot . His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Born in Wales
Wales
to Norwegian immigrant parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
during the Second World War
Second World War
. He became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander . He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for both children and adults, and he became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century"
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Danny, The Champion Of The World
DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD is a 1975 children\'s book by Roald Dahl . The plot centers on Danny, a young English boy, and his father, William, who live in a Gypsy caravan fixing cars for a living and partake in poaching pheasants . It was first published in 1975 in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape
Jonathan Cape
. It was adapted into a made-for-TV movie in 1989 by Thames Television which starred Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
. It is based on Dahl's adult short story "Champion of the World" which first appeared in print in The New Yorker magazine, as did some of the other short stories that would later be reprinted as Kiss Kiss (1960). Peter Serafinowicz provides the English language audiobook recording
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Lucy M. Boston
LUCY M. BOSTON (1892–1990), born Lucy Maria Wood, was an English novelist who wrote for children and adults, publishing her work entirely after the age of 60. She is best known for her " Green Knowe " series: six low fantasy children\'s novels published by Faber between 1954 and 1976. The setting is Green Knowe, an old country manor house based on Boston's Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
home at Hemingford Grey . For the fourth book in the series, A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961), she won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association , recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject . During her long life, she distinguished herself as a writer, mainly of children’s books, and as the creator of a magical garden
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Laurens Van Der Post
SIR LAURENS JAN VAN DER POST, CBE
CBE
(13 December 1906 – 16 December 1996), was a 20th-century Afrikaner
Afrikaner
author, farmer, war hero, political adviser to British heads of government, close friend of Prince Charles
Prince Charles
, godfather of Prince William
Prince William
, educator, journalist, humanitarian , philosopher, explorer and conservationist . However, his reputation suffered after his death
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Tales From The Perilous Realm
TALES FROM THE PERILOUS REALM is a compilation of some of the lesser-known writings of J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien
published in 1997 by HarperCollins
HarperCollins
without illustrations. An enlarged edition was released in 2008 with illustrations by Alan Lee . CONTENTSThe 2008 edition includes: * " Farmer Giles of Ham ", a short story about an English farmer who encounters a dragon. Tolkien's title page, written in Latin
Latin
, is missing from this edition
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The Pilgrim's Progress
THE PILGRIM\'S PROGRESS FROM THIS WORLD, TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME is a 1678 Christian
Christian
allegory written by John Bunyan
John Bunyan
. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature
English literature
, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. It has also been cited as the first novel written in English . Bunyan began his work while in the Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
county prison for violations of the Conventicle Act , which prohibited the holding of religious services outside the auspices of the established Church of England
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Jeremy Mortimer
JEREMY MORTIMER is a British director and producer of radio dramas for BBC Radio
BBC Radio
. He is the son of John and Penelope Mortimer and the half-brother of Emily Mortimer . His credits include The Pattern of Painful Adventures ( BBC Radio
BBC Radio
3 , 2008) and radio adaptations of Daphnis and Chloe ( BBC Radio
BBC Radio
4 , 2006), Philomel Cottage (Radio 4, 2002) and The Time Machine
The Time Machine
(Radio 3, 2009). His production of the Troy Trilogy , which featured Paul Scofield and was first broadcast on Radio 3 in 1998, was lauded as "the greatest radio drama could ever hear." He won the 2012 Bronze Sony Radio Academy Award
Sony Radio Academy Award
for Best Drama with A Tale of Two Cities
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Wandsworth
WANDSWORTH /ˈwɒnzwərθ/ is a district of south London
London
within the London Borough of Wandsworth . It is situated 4.6 miles (7.4 km) southwest of Charing Cross . The area is identified in the London
London
Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London
Greater London
. CONTENTS * 1 Toponymy * 2 History * 3 Geography * 4 Transport * 5 Churches * 6 Wandsworth
Wandsworth
Prison * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 Further reading * 10 External links TOPONYMY Wandsworth
Wandsworth
takes its name from the River Wandle
River Wandle
, which enters the Thames at Wandsworth. Wandsworth
Wandsworth
appears in Domesday Book
Domesday Book
of 1086 as Wandesorde and Wendelesorde
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Miranda Richardson
MIRANDA JANE RICHARDSON (born 3 March 1958) is an English stage, film and television actress. She made her film debut playing Ruth Ellis in Dance with a Stranger
Dance with a Stranger
in 1985 and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for Damage (1992) and Tom "> Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
at the Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
2010 Richardson has appeared in a number of high-profile supporting roles in film, including Vanessa Bell in The Hours , Lady Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow and Patsy Carpenter in The Evening Star . She also won acclaim for her performances in The Crying Game
The Crying Game
and Enchanted April , for which she won a Golden Globe . She received Academy Award nominations for her performances in Damage and Tom & Viv
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John Bunyan
JOHN BUNYAN (/ˈbʌnjən/ ; baptised 30 November 1628 – 31 August 1688) was an English writer and Puritan
Puritan
preacher best remembered as the author of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim\'s Progress . In addition to The Pilgrim's Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons . Bunyan came from the village of Elstow , near Bedford
Bedford
. He had some schooling and at the age of sixteen joined the Parliamentary army during the first stage of the English Civil War
English Civil War
. After three years in the army he returned to Elstow and took up the trade of tinker , which he had learned from his father. He became interested in religion after his marriage, attending first the parish church and then joining the Bedford
Bedford
Meeting, a nonconformist group in Bedford, and becoming a preacher
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J. B. Priestley
JOHN BOYNTON "J. B." PRIESTLEY, OM (/ˈpriːstli/ ; 13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984), was an English novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, and broadcaster. His Yorkshire background is reflected in much of his fiction, notably in The Good Companions (1929), which first brought him to wide public notice. Many of his plays are structured around a time slip , and he went on to develop a new theory of time, with different dimensions that link past, present, and future. In 1940, he broadcast a series of short propaganda radio shows that were credited with strengthening civilian morale during the Battle of Britain . His left-wing beliefs brought him into conflict with the government, and influenced the birth of the Welfare State . The programme was eventually cancelled by the BBC
BBC
for being too critical of the Government. He is perhaps best known for his 1945 play An Inspector Calls
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Jeffrey Archer
JEFFREY HOWARD ARCHER, BARON ARCHER OF WESTON-SUPER-MARE (born 15 April 1940) is an English author, politician, and convicted criminal. Before becoming an author, Archer was a Member of Parliament (1969–1974), but did not seek re-election after a financial scandal that left him almost bankrupt. He revived his fortunes as a best-selling novelist; his books have sold around 330 million copies worldwide. Archer became deputy chairman of the Conservative Party (1985–1986) before resigning after a newspaper accused him of paying money to a prostitute. In 1987 he won a court case and was awarded large damages because of this claim. He was made a life peer in 1992 and subsequently became Conservative candidate to be the first elected Mayor of London
London
. He had to resign his candidacy in 1999 after it emerged that he had lied in his 1987 libel case
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Track 12
"TRACK 12" is a short story by British author J. G. Ballard , it first appeared in the April 1958 edition of New Worlds (Volume 24, Number 70). It then appeared in Passport to Eternity , The Venus Hunters , The Overloaded Man , and later in The Complete Short Stories of J. G. Ballard: Volume 1 . PLOTThe story begins with Maxted, a run-down athlete, having been invited over to the home of Sheringham, a university professor of biochemistry . Despite Sheringham having asked him over to discuss business, Maxted suspects that Sheringham may be about to confront him about his wife, Susan Sheringham, with whom Maxted has been having an affair
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Penelope Keith
DAME PENELOPE KEITH, DBE , DL (born PENELOPE ANNE CONSTANCE HATFIELD; born 2 April 1940) is an English actress, active in all genres, including radio, stage, television and film and primarily known for her roles in the British sitcoms The Good Life and To the Manor Born . She succeeded Lord Olivier as president of the Actors' Benevolent Fund after his death in 1989, and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the arts and to charity. Keith joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
in 1963, and went on to win the 1976 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for the play Donkeys\' Years . She became a household name in the UK playing Margo Leadbetter in the sitcom The Good Life (1975–78), winning the 1977 BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance
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BBC World Service
INTERNET SCHEDULE LIVE STREAMING * Web Player stream * HTTP stream (48 Kbps MP3) * HLS stream (48 Kbps AAC+) * HLS stream (96 Kbps AAC+) * DASH stream (48 Kbps AAC+)ENGLISH NEWS LIVE STREAMING * HTTP stream (48 Kbps MP3)AFRICA LIVE STREAMING * HTTP stream (48 Kbps MP3) OFFICIAL WEBSITE bbc.com/worldserviceradioThe BBC
BBC
WORLD SERVICE, the world's largest international broadcaster , broadcasts radio and television news , speech and discussions in 29 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, Internet streaming , podcasting , satellite , DAB , FM and MW relays. It was announced in November 2015 that the BBC World Service will start broadcasting in Pidgin and Yoruba in Nigeria, which will bring the total number of broadcast languages to 31
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