Piers Paul Read
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Piers Paul Read
Piers Paul Read, FRSL is an award-winning English novelist, historian and biographer. He was first noted for a book of reportage Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, later adapted as a feature-film and a documentary. This was followed by some well-acclaimed novels that criticised English middle-class ethics from the less-usual viewpoint of a right-wing practising Catholic, with sin and redemption as recurring themes.
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The Shortlist: Homages
NYTimes - 10 months
New books by Sarah Schulman, Piers Paul Read, Alfred Alcorn, Jaime Clarke and Howard Jacobson.
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North Country Events
NPR - about 3 years
The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months. COAT DRIVE AT DURRELL METHODIST CHURCH, BETHLEHEM Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-11 AM Thursday 5-6 PM. 2057 Main Street. Bring your gently used coats, jackets, and warm winter outerwear. Kids items especially needed. Drop off, pick up, swap.   WOBBLE & GOBBLE 3.14(PIE) ROAD RACE BENEFITS ADAPTIVE SPORTS PARTNERS, FRANCONIA
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Advocates Urge New York Governor To Veto Hudson River Park Bill
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- Citing Hurricane Sandy, environmental advocates are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to veto a bill that could expand development along the New York City riverfront. But supporters say those criticisms are nothing more than reheated opposition to the original Hudson River Park. At issue is the park and a series of piers along the west side of Manhattan. Plans to develop the piers jutting into the Hudson River into sports facilities or additional park space have stalled for lack of funds. A bill that passed out of New York's legislature with scant opposition in either chamber promises to change things, by allowing the park to sell "air rights" -- the ability to build tall buildings taller -- to developers that own land across from the park. The money earned could then be used by the Hudson River Park Trust to repair and further develop the piers. Read More... More on Urban Progress
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Avoid The 101 Freeway Sunday
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Construction will lead to some closures of Highway 101 in the next few days. Northbound Highway 101 between Bates Road and Casitas Pass Road will be reduced by a lane Sunday starting at 7 p.m. It will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. The closures will continue Monday and Tuesday, similarly starting at 7 p.m. and reopening at 6 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. On Tuesday and Wednesday, one southbound lane between Casitas Pass Road to Bates Road will close at 8 p.m. and reopen at 9 a.m. The closures are related to the six-mile carpool lane in construction both directions from Mobil Pier Road in Ventura County to Casitas Pass Road in Santa Barbara County, according to the department. The area was chosen because it's heavily traveled, mostly by workers who commute between Ventura and Santa Barbara. The project, which began in spring 2012, is scheduled for completion late in 2015. It will also include a southbound bike path and a pedestrian undercrossing ...
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How much harder it is to raise Catholics today than it was during the Pope’s childhood
Catholic Herald - almost 5 years
I was interested to read Piers Paul Read in the Charterhouse column of the Herald for April 27; he is lamenting the fact that none of his children, now adults, practise their faith – this despite a Catholic education and a conscientious and believing Catholic father. What went wrong? Read blames the Catholic schools they attended, where the emphasis was on justice and peace and the Catechism was simply ignored. Of course, it is more complicated than this. At the same time as Catholic schools were abdicating their responsibility to pass on the Faith, the world outside had embraced the Pill and sexual freedom, and had developed an aversion to what seemed to be old-fashioned morality with its censoriousness and prejudices. Hugh Greene was Director-General of the BBC, Mrs Mary Whitehouse was a figure of fun, the Abortion Act was passed and the Second Vatican Council had left confusion and disarray in its wake. It has not been a good time to try to bring up children to be practising Cathol ...
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Print edition 27.04.12
Catholic Herald - almost 5 years
Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – news, features, comment, letters and reviews – is only available to subscribers. This week, Piers Paul Read suggests young people understand what is good, but not what is holy; John Gummer says talk of homosexuality as an illness or lifestyle choice undermines efforts to protect marriage; Rory Fitzgerald meets Clive Dytor, the Oratory headmaster whose faith began on the battlefield; June Rockett argues that the triumphalist 1908 Eucharistic Congress in London set back the Church in Britain for decades; and Pastor Iuventus is inspired by a wonderful evangelisation project in Soho. You can read it all online by subscribing here. Or, for a hard copy, go here.
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Cherry Pie race draws hundreds
Democrat Herald - about 5 years
Sunday’s Cherry Pie Road Race drew 471 bicycle racers in 12 fields, which varied by age and experience. The route began at Santiam Christian High School in Adair Village, headed north on Independence
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Palestinian leader seeks full UN membership - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
(September 17, 2011, by Piers) Read more JERUSALEM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would seek membership for a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council next week, a move opposed by Israel and the United States that adds
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Turkey says Syria regime will fall as deaths mount - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
(September 16, 2011, by Piers) Read more Assad's murder and savagery continues, yet Russia and China continue to block action at... (September 16, 2011, by RandomGuy) Read more "Where are the human rights protesters? Oh yeah, I forgot - they're busy
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Wimbledon Studios in light entertainment revamp - Broadcast
Google News - over 5 years
“Roll to Record will bring the technical expertise and we will bring the production knowledge,” said Wimbledon Film and Television Studios managing director Piers Read (pictured). Without the deal, the capital expenditure required would have been in
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Turkey looks for ally in Egypt - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
(September 13, 2011, by Piers) Read more CAIRO, Egypt — Seeking to capitalize on Turkey's growing stature and influence in the Arab world at a time of regional upheaval, its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared on Egyptian television late
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Bicyclist struck and killed by pickup in Kirkland is identified - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
(July 25, 2011, by Piers) Read more Police on Monday identified a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a pickup Friday in Kirkland as John Przychodzen, 49. The pickup hit Przychodzen from behind at 3:45 pm as he was heading north in the 8600 block of
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'Media hubs' boosting London's film industry - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
Piers Read is the studio's new managing director and he is hoping to transform the vast complex in Merton into a new production hub for the television and film industry. "We've had some fantastic credits here recently, including a Meryl Streep feature
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An Israeli algorithm sheds light on the Bible - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
(June 29, 2011, by Piers) Read more Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible. The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts
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Faith & Values Thanks to God, we never have to face life's twisters alone - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
(June 18, 2011, by Piers) Read more I can still picture it clearly, though I was probably about 5 years old at the time. Standing on the back porch between my parents, I clutched the flowered apron my mother wore over her Donna-Reid-era housedress
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Lights, camera action in SW19 - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Piers Read, managing director of Wimbledon Studios, is standing on an empty high street that looks like it could be in any British town. Yet all is not quite what it seems. These are just store fronts. The pub contains a bar but no beer
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Lessons for Israelis and Palestinians from Tahrir Square - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
(May 25, 2011, by Piers) Read more Admitting Israel to NATO would be a disastrous mistake. What better way to convince... (May 26, 2011, by Garvagh) Read more CAIRO — Being back in Cairo reminds me that there are two parties in this region that have
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Matthew Graham interview: on writing Doctor Who - Den Of Geek
Google News - almost 6 years
Because Piers read that article and contacted me and said, "Oh, you're doing Doctor Who? That's brilliant!" He assumed that I'd agreed it with Steven! And I said no, that was a slight misunderstanding between myself and Den Of Geek, but while we're
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Piers Paul Read
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 73
    In 2015 he wrote Scarpia (ISBN 9781408867501), a fictional retelling of the story in the Puccini opera Tosca.
    More Details Hide Details Read's archive of literary papers and correspondence is held by Special Collections in the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds. The collection consists of 139 boxes and contains manuscripts and typescripts of his novels and plays. It also contains articles and short stories; extensive correspondence, interview tapes and research notes; press-cuttings and other papers. Read's novels are strongly influenced by his Catholic faith. His stories focus on the religious themes of sin and redemption. Read writes in a fairly traditional, linear style and he often uses plot elements from popular fiction, especially the thriller, like espionage, murder and conspiracy theories. Most of his main characters are fairly unsympathetic and some of them commit horrific deeds before they finally convert to God. Almost all of Read's novels are set in Europe. Many of his books show a great interest and sympathy especially for Germany – quite unusual in British literature – and for Eastern European countries like Russia and Poland. In The Knights of the Cross, he explicitly satirises the expectations and prejudices of the British readership towards the Germans.
  • 2009
    Age 67
    In 2009 he wrote The Death of a Pope (ISBN 9781586172954) set with the 2005 Papal conclave as a backdrop.
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  • 2003
    Age 61
    In 2003 his authorised biography of the actor Alec Guinness was published.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 51
    Read’s novels A Married Man (1984) and The Free Frenchman (1988) were adapted for television; Alive was made into a feature film by the director Frank Marshal in 1993; and Monk Dawson by Tom Waller in 1998.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 46
    In 1988 he was awarded a James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his book, A Season in the West.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 36
    In 1978 he wrote the book The Train Robbers about the Great Train Robbery in England in 1963.
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  • 1974
    Age 32
    Alive won the Thomas More Medal for the most distinguished contribution to Catholic literature in 1974 and has sold more than five million copies worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details The book was adapted into the 1993 film Alive: The Miracle of the Andes. Read's first notable success was his novel Monk Dawson (1969), which won him a Hawthornden Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award, and was later made into the 1998 film of the same name by Tom Waller.
  • 1972
    Age 30
    Read is best known for his non-fiction book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors which documented the story of the 1972 crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes mountains.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 22
    A short play The Class War was staged by the Questors Theatre Company in 1964, and his Margaret Clitherow was broadcast by Granada Television in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details The greater part of Read’s work has been in prose form. After his plotless first novel, Game in Heaven with Tussy Marx (1967), Read’s fiction adopted a more traditional narrative structure with both contemporary and historical settings. Three of his historical novels – The Junkers (1968), Polonaise (1976), The Free Frenchman (1986), are set in Continental Europe around World War II; and Alice in Exile (2001) in Russia at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. Read’s contemporaneous novels – A Married Man (1979), A Season in the West (1988), and The Misogynist (2010) - are ironic critiques of the manners and morals of the English upper-middle classes. There are elements of the thriller in The Villa Golitsyn (1981), On the Third Day (1990), A Patriot in Berlin (1995), Knights of the Cross (1997) and The Death of a Pope (2009), though these too show Read’s historical, political and religious concerns. With Alive. The Story of the Andes Survivors (1974), The Train Robbers (1978), and Ablaze. The Story of Chernobyl (1993) Read extended his range to reportage; to history with The Templars (1999) and The Dreyfus Affair (2012); and to biography with Alec Guinness. The Authorised Biography (2003). He has also contributed to moral and religious controversies with a pamphlet Quo Vadis. The Subversion of the Catholic Church (1991), and essays and articles collected in Hell and Other Destinations (2006).
  • 1963
    Age 21
    In 1963–64, he spent a year in West Berlin on a Ford Foundation Fellowship.
    More Details Hide Details There he came into contact with German writers in the Gruppe 47, the French nouveau romancier Michel Butor, and the Polish novelist, diarist and playwright, Witold Gombrowicz.; and worked on his first novel Game in Heaven with Tussy Marx (1966). He later enrolled in an academy for writers funded by the Ford Foundation, the Literarisches Colloquium, where he made friends with fellow members Tom Stoppard and Derek Marlowe His stay in Berlin inspired his second novel The Junkers (1968, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize) and confirmed the general sympathy towards the Germans that he felt on account of his mother's part-German ancestry. On returning to England, he took a job as sub-editor on The Times Literary Supplement and shared a flat in Pimlico with Stoppard and Marlowe. In 1967–68, he spent a year in New York – an experience he used in his fourth novel The Professor's Daughter (1971).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 19
    He received his B.A. in 1961 and M.A. in 1962.
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  • 1959
    Age 17
    In 1959 he went to St John's College, Cambridge, where he read history.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Born on March 7, 1941.
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