May 2009300 pages, paperback
After pole-axing his mathematics master with a perfect right, Cashel Byron, the unloved son of a successful actress, runs away to Australia. He returns, and becomes the most famous fighter of his age, only to be floored by the lovely and impossible Lydia Carew.
'Genuine and remarkable narrative talent … a talent of strength, spirit, capacity … It is all mad, mad and deliriously delightful … All I ask is more of it.' - Robert Louis Stevenson
Bernard Shaw - Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856. Essentially shy, he yet created the persona of G.B.S, the showman, satirist, controversialist, critic, pundit, wit, intellectual buffoon and dramatist. Commentators brought a new adjective into English: Shavian, a term used to embody all his brilliant qualities.
After his arrival in London in 1876 he became an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. He wrote on many social aspects of the day: on Commonsense about the War (1914), How to Settle the Irish Question (1917) and The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928). He undertook his own education at the British Museum and consequently became keenly interested in cultural subjects. Thus his prolific output included music, art and theatre reviews, which were collected into several volumes.
He conducted a strong attack on the London theatre and was closely associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre. He is the only person to have been awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938) for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion, respectively. He died in 1950.
Anthony Lejeune - Award winning broadcaster, journalist and author, read classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner in Greek.