Cool Hand Luke: Introduction by Antonia Quirke

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Written using Donn Pearce's own experiences of working on a Florida chain gang, "Cool Hand Luke" is the classic tale of a quiet hero who refused to conform. Forced into a chain gang after a controversial career in the army, Lucas Jackson's outsized feats range from bizarre acts of gluttony and gambling - betting a fellow inmate he can eat 50 eggs - to harrowing escape attempts. Luke's acts of defiance and his refusal to 'git his mind right' soon make him a legend among his fellow convicts - a symbol of hope in a cruel regime designed to break a man's body and spirit. The original rebel, Luke's anti-hero personality makes him one of the seminal non-conformists - born to lose, but full of dignity. "Cool Hand Luke" was turned into a film in 1967, the year after its initial publication, starring Paul Newman. The screenplay, scripted by Donn Pearce himself, was nominated for an Academy Award.

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The most brutal and authentic account of a road gang that we have (New York Times)

Reveals the author's extraordinary gift for rhythmic prose, tragic drama, and realism made larger than life (Publisher's Weekly)

Cool Hand Luke is a classic tale of a hero refusing to toe the line. (Daily Express)

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A brand new edition of book made famous by the film starring Paul Newman to tie-in with a new West End Theatre production. Includes an introduction by the film critic Andrea Quirke.

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