Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

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Robert Shearman has not only made a name for himself in the world of Doctor Who with his audio plays for Big Finish as well as the television episode for Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor Dalek. He has also gained praise and notice for his non-Doctor Who work.

Published by Big Finish and currently available at Annie’s we have his book Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical. By turns macabre and moving, horrific and laugh-out-loud funny, Robert Shearman’s short stories come from a place just to the left of the corner of your eye. Following his World Fantasy Award-winning ‘Tiny Deaths’, this collection puts a bizarre twist on the love story. What is love, why does it hurt so much, and how is it we keep coming back for more?

In Caustic Comedies before Robert Shearman wrote for Doctor Who – or wrote books of award-winning short stories – he was best known for his comedies for the stage. His plays trod a fine line between domestic farce and bizarre absurdism, showcasing the lives of ordinary flawed people thrown into impossible and fantastical situations.

Big Finish is proud to present a selection from his best known work: from the macabre Easy Laughter, winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, to his sci-fi comedy Binary Dreamers, winner of a Royal National Theatre prize and Fool to Yourself, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. By turns all seven plays are odd, disturbing, heartbreaking, and very, very funny.

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