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Tipping the Velvet (DVD): Jodhi May, Hugh Bonneville, Alexei Sayle, Anna Chancellor, Diane Beck, Dean Lennox Kelly, Keeley... Tipping the Velvet (DVD)
Jodhi May, Hugh Bonneville, Alexei Sayle, Anna Chancellor, Diane Beck, … 1
R99 Discovery Miles 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The complete three-part BBC drama set amidst the lesbian subculture of 1890s England. The series follows heroine Nan Astley (Rachael Stirling), who meets and falls for male impersonator Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes). Nan moves to London and begins an affair with Kitty while also joining her music hall act. When she discovers an unwelcome truth Nan begins a voyage into the capital's sexual underworld which eventually sees her become destitute and forced to make some important decisions about the future of her relationships.

Protest! - Stories of Resistance (Hardcover): Sara Maitland, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Stuart Evers, Matthew Holness, Laura Hird,... Protest! - Stories of Resistance (Hardcover)
Sara Maitland, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Stuart Evers, Matthew Holness, Laura Hird, …
R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Thatcher Stole My Trousers (Paperback): Alexei Sayle Thatcher Stole My Trousers (Paperback)
Alexei Sayle 1
R267 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R29 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Enlightening ... Funny, smart, original and provocative ... It is hard to imagine the stalwarts of Mock the Week recognising the Druze militia leader Walid Jumblatt in a London cinema' New Statesman What I brought to comedy was an authentic working-class voice plus a threat of genuine violence - nobody in Monty Python looked like a hard case who'd kick your head in In 1971, comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they would be free to continue telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever. But their nemesis, a nineteen-year-old Marxist art student, was slowly coming to meet them... Thatcher Stole My Trousers chronicles a time when comedy and politics united in electrifying ways. Recounting the founding of the Comedy Store, the Comic Strip and the Young Ones, and Alexei's friendships with the comedians who - like him - would soon become household names, this is a unique and beguiling blend of social history and memoir. Fascinating, funny, angry and entertaining, it is a story of class and comedy, politics and love, fast cars and why it's difficult to foul a dwarf in a game of football.

Bill Bryson: Notes from a Small Island (DVD): Victoria Wood, Stephen Fry, Bill Bryson, Alexei Sayle Bill Bryson: Notes from a Small Island (DVD)
Victoria Wood, Stephen Fry, Bill Bryson, Alexei Sayle; Directed by Richard Lightbody 1
R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

All six episodes of the travel series presented by American writer Bill Bryson. Based on his successful book 'Notes from a Small Island', the series follows Bill as he travels from Dover to John O'Groats while musing on the eccentricities of British life. Along the way, he meets up with British comedians Stephen Fry, Alexei Sayle and Victoria Wood, who all contribute their own thoughts and perspectives on the attractions of their native country.

Solarbabies (Blu-ray disc): Lukas Haas, Sarah Douglas, Bruce Payne, Richard Jordan, Alexei Sayle, Adrian Pasdar, Terence Mann,... Solarbabies (Blu-ray disc)
Lukas Haas, Sarah Douglas, Bruce Payne, Richard Jordan, Alexei Sayle, …
R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz and Jason Petric star in this futuristic sci-fi drama. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where most of Earth's water has disappeared and the planet is ruled by the Eco Protectorate corporation, the story follows a group of teen skateboarders who are held captive in an orphanage on the desert planet. After the group's leader Grock (Jordan) discovers a magical orb, the teenagers rebel against their megalomaniac ruler and, with the help of a group of outlaws known as the Eco Warriors, try to restore water to the Earth.

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks (DVD): Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy, Eleanor Bron, Clive Swift, Alexei Sayle,... Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks (DVD)
Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy, Eleanor Bron, Clive Swift, …
R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Another adventure for the sixth incarnation of the intrepid time traveller. The Doctor (Colin Baker) and Peri arrive on the planet Necros to pay their last respects to deceased agronomist Arthur Stengos. They discover that his final resting place - Tranquil Repose - is in fact a front for a Dalek farm run by the Great Healer, who turns out to be none other than the Doctor's old foe, Davros.

Thatcher Stole My Trousers (Hardcover): Alexei Sayle Thatcher Stole My Trousers (Hardcover)
Alexei Sayle 1
R534 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R44 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'Enlightening ... Funny, smart, original and provocative ... It is hard to imagine the stalwarts of Mock the Week recognising the Druze militia leader Walid Jumblatt in a London cinema' New Statesman What I brought to comedy was an authentic working-class voice plus a threat of genuine violence - nobody in Monty Python looked like a hard case who'd kick your head in In 1971 comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they would be free to go on telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever but their nemesis, a 19 year old Marxist art student with a bizarre concern for the health of British manufacturing was slowly coming to meet them. Through the next decade Alexei Sayle would be a student at Chelsea Art School, a clerk in a DHSS office (where nobody did any work), one of London's bottom ten freelance illustrators, a school dinner lady and a college lecturer (who kidnapped his students), before he became the original MC of London's first modern comedy club, the Comedy Store, and the landscape of British comedy was altered forever. Thatcher Stole My Trousers chronicles a time when comedy and politics came together in electrifying ways. Recounting the opening season of the Comedy Store, Alexei's experiences with Alternative Cabaret, the Comic Strip and the Young Ones, and his friendships with the comedians who, like him would soon become household names, this is a unique and beguiling blend of social history and memoir. Fascinating, funny, angry and entertaining, it is a story of class and comedy, politics and love, fast cars and why it's difficult to foul a dwarf in a game of football.

Barcelona Plates (Paperback): Alexei Sayle Barcelona Plates (Paperback)
Alexei Sayle
R260 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A septuagenarian contract killer, a chronic hypochondriac, two zombie-creating comedians, a good Samaritan and a man called Barnaby whose holiday takes an unexpected turn. In these sleek and witty tales, described by Loaded as 'an excellent collection of dark, funny and bizarre short stories', Alexei Sayle's characters are vividly, wryly - and occasionally disturbingly - portrayed. Their voices, and the stories they have to tell will remain in the mind for a long, long time.

Comic Strip Presents: The Best Of (DVD): Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Richardson, Nigel... Comic Strip Presents: The Best Of (DVD)
Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Richardson, …
R365 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collection of 20 of the best episodes from the ground-breaking 1980s British comedy series. The set also features four new titles. Among the stars appearing on the show are Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle.

Overtaken (Paperback, New ed): Alexei Sayle Overtaken (Paperback, New ed)
Alexei Sayle 2
R258 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kelvin is a 33-year-old property developer living in a small Lancashire town. He has five close friends, all in well-paid jobs. Having bought their lovely houses cheaply in the early 1990s, they are free to spend money on their own pleasures - particularly clothes, meals and cars. Most of all, their life revolves around going to see things - art exhibitions, comedians, live music, plays...When we first meet the six friends they are on their way to see a new kind of circus. Once there Kelvin does something unforgivable to a clown, has a strange snack and meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. It's the beginning of the end of the good life.

The Dog Catcher (Hardcover): Alexei Sayle The Dog Catcher (Hardcover)
Alexei Sayle
R189 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R38 (20%) Out of stock

The acclaimed Barcelona Plates revealed Alexei Sayle as a writer with an outstanding ability to describe contemporary life in an unusual way. Now, in his new collection The Dog Catcher, he brilliantly captures the morals and absurdities of our socalled 'cool' culture, populated by characters as recognizable as they are memorable. The Dog Catcher will confirm Alexei Sayle's reputation as not only one of the great exponents of the short story genre, but also as a profound commentator on the way we live now.

The Dog Catcher (Paperback, New Ed): Alexei Sayle The Dog Catcher (Paperback, New Ed)
Alexei Sayle 2
R110 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R22 (20%) Out of stock

The acclaimed BARCELONA PLATES revealed Alexei Sayle as a writer with an outstanding ability to describe contemporary life in an unusual way. Now, in his new collection THE DOG CATCHER, he brilliantly captures the morals and absurdities of our so-called 'cool' culture, populated by characters as recognizable as they are memorable. THE DOG CATCHER will confirm Alexei Sayle's reputation as not only one of the great exponents of the short story genre, but also as a profound commentator on the way we live now.

The Weeping Women Hotel (Hardcover): Alexei Sayle The Weeping Women Hotel (Hardcover)
Alexei Sayle 1
R201 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock

This is a latest novel from highly acclaimed writer Alexei Sayle - bleak, hilarious and completely unique. Northern girl Harriet lives and works on a London estate which is a battleground between the white working class plus the immigrants versus the newly arrived middle class focaccia-eaters. Unhappy and overweight, she hires a personal trainer who lures her into joining the martial arts class he runs. There she learns the regime of the completely phoney martial arts 'master' and embarks on a spiritual and literal journey which leads her to a hotel opposite the railway station at Crewe, the 'Weeping Women Hotel'. This is Alexei Sayle's best work to date - good plot, great characters plus his trademark anarchic black humour.

Stalin Ate My Homework (Hardcover): Alexei Sayle Stalin Ate My Homework (Hardcover)
Alexei Sayle 1
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Out of stock

Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool on the day egg rationing came to an end. His family ate salad. They read the Soviet Weekly. They travelled on transcontinental trains, and in the back of futuristic limousines. They saw Communism in action and ate strange smelling sausages. His mother was very keen on boiled eggs and the Moscow State Circus. Teachers were scared of her. His father was a union leader who made friends wherever he went. He thought he was fluent in Esperanto. Alexei became a member of the CzechoslovakianYoung Pioneers. Sometimes he was bored and other times confused. He thought he might be a great athlete, or maybe a famous artist. He spent a lot of time inventing complex explanations for the bizarre behaviour of grown-ups. Slowly it dawned on him that telling stories was a good way of making sense of his perplexing world.

Stalin Ate My Homework (Paperback): Alexei Sayle Stalin Ate My Homework (Paperback)
Alexei Sayle
R185 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R37 (20%) Out of stock

Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool on the day egg rationing came to an end. Alexei always knew his parents were different. They ate salad. And they read the Soviet Weekly. They also travelled. They travelled to northern seaside towns to attend AGMs. And they travelled across Europe. Determined to see Communism in action, they travelled to Czechoslavkia, where they visited the sites of massacres and ate strange smelling sausages. Life was often confusing. As the sixties took hold, Alexei tried hitchhiking and protesting and being cool but more or less missed the Beatles and the Liverpool poets. And he often found his mother at the same parties. While arguing was a way of life at home, it finally meant he was expelled from school. Thinking it might be time he became a painter, the book ends with him poised to start art-college. Whether talking about his mother's obsession with boiled eggs, his father's illness, the last tram or the unusual piece of furniture that was the Secretol, STALIN ATE MY HOMEWORK is a brilliantly funny and perceptive portrait of a family, a city, a country and a continent going through enormous changes.

Barcelona Plates (Hardcover): Alexei Sayle Barcelona Plates (Hardcover)
Alexei Sayle 1
R205 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R41 (20%) Out of stock

A collection of short stories, featuring a septuagenarian contract killer, a chronic hypochondriac, two zombie-creating comedians, a good samaritan and a man called Barnaby who drives a small white car.

Barcelona Plates (Paperback, New edition): Alexei Sayle Barcelona Plates (Paperback, New edition)
Alexei Sayle 1
R126 R101 Discovery Miles 1 010 Save R25 (20%) Out of stock

A septuagenarian contract killer, a chronic hypochondriac, two zombie-creating comedians, a good Samaritan and a man called Barnaby whose holiday takes an unexpected turn. In these sleek and witty tales, described by Loaded as 'an excellent collection of dark, funny and bizarre short stories', Alexei Sayle's characters are vividly, wryly - and occasionally disturbingly - portrayed. Their voices, and the stories they have to tell will remain in the mind for a long, long time.

Overtaken (Hardcover): Alexei Sayle Overtaken (Hardcover)
Alexei Sayle 1
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) Out of stock

After the success of BARCELONA PLATES and THE DOG CATCHER, Alexei Sayle proves himself to be a formidable literary talent in this wonderful first novel. Kelvin is 33, he lives in a small town in Lancashire, he has five close friends. Because their houses were cheap to buy they inhabit wonderful dwellings and they still have plenty of spare cash to spend on other things, they travel all over the region going to all manner of art events - plays, concerts, comedians, pretty much whoever comes to a nearby town they'll go and see them. They have a wonderful life - it doesn't last. After the catastrophe Kelvin is faced with huge questions: does art have a purpose? Can every sinner be redeemed? What is a good life?

Thatcher Stole My Trousers (Paperback, Export/Airside): Alexei Sayle Thatcher Stole My Trousers (Paperback, Export/Airside)
Alexei Sayle 1
R420 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R84 (20%) Out of stock

'Enlightening ... Funny, smart, original and provocative ... It is hard to imagine the stalwarts of Mock the Week recognising the Druze militia leader Walid Jumblatt in a London cinema' New Statesman What I brought to comedy was an authentic working-class voice plus a threat of genuine violence - nobody in Monty Python looked like a hard case who'd kick your head in In 1971 comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they would be free to go on telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever but their nemesis, a 19 year old Marxist art student with a bizarre concern for the health of British manufacturing was slowly coming to meet them. Through the next decade Alexei Sayle would be a student at Chelsea Art School, a clerk in a DHSS office (where nobody did any work), one of London's bottom ten freelance illustrators, a school dinner lady and a college lecturer (who kidnapped his students), before he became the original MC of London's first modern comedy club, the Comedy Store, and the landscape of British comedy was altered forever. Thatcher Stole My Trousers chronicles a time when comedy and politics came together in electrifying ways. Recounting the opening season of the Comedy Store, Alexei's experiences with Alternative Cabaret, the Comic Strip and the Young Ones, and his friendships with the comedians who, like him would soon become household names, this is a unique and beguiling blend of social history and memoir. Fascinating, funny, angry and entertaining, it is a story of class and comedy, politics and love, fast cars and why it's difficult to foul a dwarf in a game of football.

Barcelona Plates (Audio cassette): Alexei Sayle Barcelona Plates (Audio cassette)
Alexei Sayle; Read by Alexei Sayle
R121 R97 Discovery Miles 970 Save R24 (20%) Out of stock

A collection of sleek, dark and witty short stories, read by the renowned comedian and presenter.

The Dog Catcher (Audio cassette): Alexei Sayle The Dog Catcher (Audio cassette)
Alexei Sayle; Read by Alexei Sayle
R121 R97 Discovery Miles 970 Save R24 (20%) Out of stock

The acclaimed Barcelona Plates revealed Alexei Sayle as a writer with an outstanding ability to describe contemporary life in an unusual way. Now, in his new collection The Dog Catcher, he brilliantly captures the morals and absurdities of our socalled 'cool' culture, populated by characters as recognizable as they are memorable. The Dog Catcher will confirm Alexei Sayle's reputation as not only one of the great exponents of the short story genre, but also as a profound commentator on the way we live now.

The Dog Catcher (CD): Alexei Sayle The Dog Catcher (CD)
Alexei Sayle; Read by author; Edited by Alexei Sayle
R202 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock

The acclaimed BARCELONA PLATES revealed Alexei Sayle as a writer with an outstanding ability to describe contemporary life in an unusual way. Now, in his new collection THE DOG CATCHER, he brilliantly captures the morals and absurdities of our so-called 'cool' culture, populated by characters as recognizable as they are memorable. THE DOG CATCHER will confirm Alexei Sayle's reputation as not only one of the great exponents of the short story genre, but also as a profound commentator on the way we live now.

ReBerth - Stories from Cities on the Edge (Paperback): Alexei Sayle, Pawel Huelle, Parella, Valerie ReBerth - Stories from Cities on the Edge (Paperback)
Alexei Sayle, Pawel Huelle, Parella, Valerie; Edited by Jim Hinks, Bianchini Franco, …
R210 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R20 (10%) Out of stock

Featuring several authors hailing from "cities on the edge"--European port cities including Liverpool, Bremen, Gdansk, Istanbul, Marseilles, and Naples--this stirring collection of short stories explores these landscapes of change, from their social tensions, scars of war, and economic decline to their citizens' attempts at regeneration and startling means to thriving and surviving. In Gdansk, a German exile returns to his childhood home in search of a valuable coin collection left behind during World War II. In Naples, a young woman desperate to escape the slums becomes a Camorra mole and eventually a political powerbroker. In Liverpool, a young Spanish soccer player arrives to fulfill his dream of playing in the Premiership, but in the backstreets of Anfield he meets a local resident with a very different perspective on the game. A look at the their shared history of dissent, diversity, and economic reinvention, this riveting compilation examines the tragedy of these cities once known as gateways to the world and as harbors of wealth and innovation.

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar - Based on the Hilarious BBC Radio 4 Series (Hardcover): Alexei Sayle Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar - Based on the Hilarious BBC Radio 4 Series (Hardcover)
Alexei Sayle 1
R260 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R49 (19%) Out of stock

Alexei Sayle reveals his true vocation: proprietor of an imaginary sandwich shop. Blending politics, comedy, philosophy and memoir, this is the Godfather of Alternative Comedy at his most anarchic and irresistibly entertaining Alexei Sayle has been telling people he runs a sandwich bar on Gray's Inn Road that doesn't exist since the mid-1970s. From behind this imaginary counter Alexei dispenses wisdom and focaccia to his famous customers as he explores his love of pretending, reveals why he disappeared from our TV screens in the 1990's, lobbies for eleven-hour long episodes of Newsnight and discusses rampant nepotism in coveted careers. And from drawing striking comparisons between capitalism and all-you-can-eat buffets to discussing the hidden depths of Taylor Swift, this flight of fancy packs a surprising punch and will leave you hungry for more.

Mister Roberts (Paperback): Alexei Sayle Mister Roberts (Paperback)
Alexei Sayle 1
R125 R100 Discovery Miles 1 000 Save R25 (20%) Out of stock

Above a small village in Spain, an English costume designer sees a bright shining star lurch abruptly across the sky.On Christmas Day a strong, silent man with blank eyes enters Bar Noche Azul. Only a thirteen year old boy could have guessed that there was any connection between the two. Wonderfully inventive, darkly funny and thoughtful, MISTER ROBERTS is both an original coming-of-age story and an unusual take on the corrupting influence of power.

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