Fast, funny and furious, this original screenplay by the author of the bestselling novel Divorcing Jack has now been filmed as a major motion picture starring David Thewlis.
Dan Starkey is a young journalist in Belfast, who shares with his wife, Patricia, a prodigious appetite for drinking and dancing. Then Dan meets Margaret, a beautiful and apparently impoverished student, and things begin to get out of hand. And then, terrifyingly, Margaret is murdered. Is it because of her liaison with Dan? Is it because she was not exactly who she claimed to be? Is it the IRA? A Protestant extremist group? A jealous lover? Before long, Dan is a target himself, running as fast as he can in a race against time to crack the mystery and save his marriage.
Crackling with the sharpest dialogue to be found outside of a Roddy Doyle film, Divorcing Jack is a screenplay to be relished, a valuable tie-in to the major new film starring David Thewlis.
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Praise for the novel, Divorcing Jack:
‘Hysterically funny one-liners and sinister Kafkaesque developments’
Dan Starkey is a journalist in Belfast with a reputation for drinking, womanizing, and causing trouble, which doesn’t make him a bad man as he is quick to point out. With the city in the grip of election fever, it’s still business as usual for Dan – writing irreverent satire in his column, being loyal to his wife Patricia, drinking too much, partying too much – until he meets Margaret, a beautiful student, who with one illicit kiss quickly turns Starkey’s life on its head.
When Margaret is terrifyingly murdered and Patricia kidnapped, Starkey himself is suddenly a target, and soon he is running as fast as he can to solve the mystery of the killing and save his marriage, his wife, and himself.
Colin Bateman’s screenplay is a gripping adaptation of his award-winning novel. This screenplay, together with an introduction from the author, is published to coincide with the major release of the BBC Films, Winchester Films and Scala presentation in association with The Arts Council of England and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Scala Productions in association with IMA Films and Le Studio Canal+, directed by David Caffrey and starring David Thewlis and Rachel Griffiths.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. 0006512194 32 pages. "For thousands of years gold has been fashioned into beautiful ornaments. It has become a symbol of wealth and power too. What is it about gold that makes it so precious and so desirable?" - from front cover. Unmarked. Average wear. Sound working copy. Bookseller Inventory # 132A7808