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Ben Elton

Ben Elton was born on 3 May, 1959 in London and has enjoyed a very successful career as a comedian, writer, director and actor. A very familiar figure on the entertainment scene since 1981, he has published 15 novels in that time and has also worked on seminal comedies including The Young Ones and Blackadder.

Ben is the writer of the musicals We Will Rock You and Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. His famous novels include the Gold Dagger Award-winning Popcorn, Dead Famous and High Society.

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    Berlin 1920 Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice...Which one of them will survive? Ben Elton's most personal novel to date, "Two Brothers" transports the reader to the time of history's darkest hour.
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    Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Kingsley is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London police, now imprisoned for his beliefs. He is released and sent to France in order to secure a conviction. Forced to conduct his investigations amidst the hell of The Third Battle of Ypres, Kingsley soon discovers that both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally disappearing into the mud that surrounds him. Ben Elton's tenth novel is a gut-wrenching historical drama which explores some fundamental questions. What is murder? What is justice in the face of unimaginable daily slaughter? And where is the honour in saving a man from the gallows if he is only to be returned to die in a suicidal battle? As the gap between legally-sanctioned and illegal murder becomes evermore blurred, Kingsley quickly learns that the first casualty when war comes is truth.
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    It's the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be. Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history. Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire century? And, if so, could another single bullet save it?
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    A sharp and funny novel about greed in the contemporary economic climate, Meltdown is the latest novel from well-recognised British writer Ben Elton, the provocative author of Popcorn. Elton has had his finger on the pulse of British society for over a decade; producing books that reflect the times and this is no different. A warning that success should never be taken for granted, the novel follows the trials and tribulations of City trader Jimmy Corby, who having scarcely survived his own work hard, party harder lifestyle, is brought to his knees by financial crisis.

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    This Other Eden is a satirical novel about the end of the world by bestselling author and hugely famous comedian Ben Elton. It asks how if the end of the world is nigh, then surely it's only sensible to make alternative arrangements? The Earth certainly has its good points, but most people need something smaller and more manageable. Some may think this is planetary treason, but Nathan doesn't care. All he cares about is that his movie gets made and that there's somebody left to see it. In marketing terms, the end of the world will be very big. Anyone trying to save it should remember that.

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    Chart Throb.The ultimate pop quest. Ninety five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that's Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show. Calvin always wins because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement upon the mingers, clingers and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted 'search' for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The 'real' is about to be put back into 'reality' television and Calvin and his fellow judges (the nation's favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves. Ben Elton, author of Popcorn and Dead Famous returns to blistering comic satire with a savagely hilarious deconstruction of the world of modern television talent shows. Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.
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    It's the 1590s. William Shakespeare - brought to life on screen by the inimitable David Mitchell - is at the start of his career. But no one is taking him seriously. In London, he is mercilessly mocked by his rivals and at home in Stratford he is belittled by his sullen teenage daughter. Yet he is determined to find an ending for his newest creation Romeo and Juliet. Luckily, inspiration is forthcoming. The trials and tribulations of his closest friends and family reveal the plot twists he'd been missing. And not only for this famous tragedy but for many of his finest plays. With sparkling wordplay, hilarious gags and his trademark wit, Ben Elton celebrates the great William Shakespeare and reveals the startling stories behind the playwright's best-known plays.