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Ben Elton

Full Name: Ben Elton
Gender: Male
Hometown: London
Born: 1959-05-03
Number of Works: 27
Ben Elton was born on 3 May 1959, in Catford, South London. The youngest of four, he went to Godalming Grammar school, joined amateur dramatic societies and wrote his first play at 15. He wanted to be a stagehand at the local theatre, but instead did A-Level Theatre Studies and studied drama at Manchester University in 1977.

His career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty years. His ground breaking work as a TV stand-up comedian set the (high) standard of what was to follow. He has received accolades for his hit TV sit-coms, The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line.

More recently he has had successes with three hit West End musicals, including the global phenomenon We Will Rock You. He has written three plays for the London stage, including the multi-award-winning Popcorn. Ben's international bestselling novels include Stark, Inconceivable, Dead Famous and High Society. He won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for the novel Popcorn.

ISBN: 0552999458, 9780552999458
Keywords: famous, dead
Pages: 384
Published: 2001
  • Rating: 60%

From a celebrity performer, bestselling author of Popcorn and Inconceivable, a stunning satire on the modern obsession with fame.One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones.Yet again the public gorges its voyeuristic appetite as another group of unknown and unremarkable people submit themselves to the brutal exposure of the televised real-life soap opera, House Arrest.Everybody knows the rules: total strangers are forced to live together while the rest of the country watches them do it. Who will crack first? Who will have sex with whom? Who will the public love and who will t
ISBN: 0552999954, 9780552999953
Keywords: society
Pages: 352
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

A terrifying and hilarious journey through the drug world -- from the bestselling author of Popcorn and Dead Famous.The war on drugs has been lost but for want of the courage to face the fact that the whole world is rapidly becoming one vast criminal network. From pop stars and princes to crack whores and street kids. From the Groucho Club toilets to the poppy fields of Afghanistan, we are all partners in crime. This is a story, or rather a collection of interconnected stories, that takes the reader on a hilarious, heart-breaking and terrifying journey through the kaleidoscope world that the l
ISBN: 0552771848, 9780552771849
Keywords: popcorn
Pages: 320
Published: 1996
  • Rating: 60%

Bruce shoots movies. Wayne and Scout shoot to kill. In a single night they find out the hard way what's real and what's not, who's the hero and the villain. A nation watches in awe as Bruce and Wayne resolve the serious questions. Does art imitate life? And does Bruce use erection cream?
ISBN: 0552771236, 9780552771238
Keywords: mortem, past
Pages: 459
Published: 2004
  • Rating: 80%

With old friends like these, who needs enemies? It's a question that short, mild-mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself, having, in romantic desperation, logged on to the Friends Reunited website in search of the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the class of '86 who's been raking the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more. Meanwhile, back in the present, Newson's life is no less complicated. He is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but very atta
ISBN: 0552773905, 9780552773904
Keywords: faith, blind
Pages: 384
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%

A dark, savagely comic novel from the bestselling author of Chart Throb.Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where what a person “feels” and “truly believes” is protected under the law, while what is rational, even provable is condemned as heresy. A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a Crime against Faith.Imagine it. Or just wait until After The Flood.On a hot Sagittarian morning in the year 56 ATF, Trafford Sewell struggles to work through the usual crowds of near-naked commuters. He is confronted by the intimidat
ISBN: 0385334656, 9780385334655
Keywords: inconceivable
Pages: 288
Published: 1991
  • Rating: 60%

Lucy desperately wants a baby. Sam is determined to write a hit movie. The problem is that both their efforts seem to be unfruitful. And given that the average IVF cycle has about a one in five chance of going into full production, Lucy's chances of getting what she wants are considerably better than Sam's.What Sam and Lucy are about to go through is absolutely inconceivable. The question is, can their love survive?Inconcievable confirms Ben Elton as one of Britain's most significant, entertaining and provocative writers.From the Paperback edition.
ISBN: 0552154482, 9780552154482
Keywords: stark
Pages: 496
Published: 1989
  • Rating: 80%

Stark has more money than God and the social conscience of a dog on a croquet lawn. What's more, they know the Earth is dying, so deep in Western Australia a planet-sized plot takes shape. Unfortunately all that stands in the way of the conspiracy are four inept green freaks.
ISBN: 059305749X, 9780593057490
Keywords: throb, chart
Pages: 384
Published: 2006
  • Rating: 60%

Ben Elton is about to put the “real” back into Reality TV in his biting satire of one of today’s most popular cultural phenomena — the TV talent show.95,000 hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that’s Colin Simms, the genius behind the show. Colin always wins, because Colin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgment on 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 “
ISBN: 0552771309, 9780552771306
Keywords: casualty, first
Pages: 419
Published: 2005
  • Rating: 80%

From Ben Elton, author of the hugely successful Past Mortem, a gut-wrenching historical drama which forces us to handle the truth.Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while he was recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, is charged with his murder.Douglas Konig 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 in the c
ISBN: 0385334524, 9780385334525
Keywords: past, blast
Pages: 304
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 60%