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Shadows On A Wall [Kindle Edition]

Ray Connolly
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Book Description

A limousine is discovered at the bottom of a river. Inside are the bodies of two world famous Hollywood stars, a young film director and a famous rock musician. Meanwhile not far away a movie about Napoleon is massively over-budget and the producer has gone missing...

Part mystery, part black-comedy, Shadows On A Wall is also a love story of many parts: there is the screenwriter who writes a role for his girl friend and sees it taken from her; the producer who is desperate to please his French wife, a former sex-star; and the growing friendship between an English schoolgirl actress and a young film editor.

Mainly, though, Shadows On A Wall is the story of people in love with movies - and what really happens when they go on location.


'Probably the best novel about movie making ever written' - Sunday Express...

'Bright and blackly funny...the War and Peace of Hollywood novels. Highly recommended' - New York Library Journal...

'Shadows On A Wall belongs on that select shelf of good literature about Hollywood alongside Robert Stone’s Children Of The Light and Michael Tolkin’s The Player' - Washington Post...

'Without doubt the best movie story I have ever read. A brilliant mixture of irony, comedy and pathos' - Publishing News...

'Satire...with a couple of back comedy surprises that would have delighted Alfred Hitchcock' - San Francisco Chronicle...

'A smart, funny, knowing novel - this book would make a great movie' - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...

'Shadows On A Wall - never falters. This bitter-sweet comedy about the making of a movie epic kept me engaged through every scene, laughing here, worrying there, fascinated always by the absurdity and the reality of it all. Epic and massively entertaining' - National Public Radio (US)...

'Darkly funny' - Seattle Times...

'Readers will certainly delight in the roller coaster ride of action packed and tragic events'' - Booklist...

'Hilarious - a wonderfully ironic black comedy' - Buzz...

'Excellent - so accurate and so cutting is the portrait Connolly paints that even citizens of Tinseltown should give it the thumbs up' - Publishers Weekly...

'Imagine The Player crossed with Reds and then throw in Hugh Grant and Quentin Tarantino. It's sure to wow 'em on the beaches' - Entertainment Weekly...

'Connolly is both true to life and inventive. He knows how movie people behave and talk, and he knows how to tell a big story' - Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel...

'A delightful and irreverent side-swipe at Hollywood' - South China Morning Post...

Product Details

  • File Size: 1477 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Plumray Books (January 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XXX0IW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows on A Wall December 18, 2012
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Ray Connolly's "Shadows On A Wall" is the best-ever novel about making movies. This is a pitch-perfect, rollicking expose' of the glories and idiocies of a film project gone hopelessly awry; a can't-put-it-down thriller; and a devilishly amusing epic of sex, intrigue, murder...and even true love.

It begins simply enough: a struggling young British playwright and his American aspiring-actress girlfriend experience a well-deserved, but somewhat surprising success when their play premieres at the Edinburgh Festival to excellent reviews. This leads to an offer they can't turn down - an option to adapt the play for a feature film - and a torturous path to both catastrophe and triumph.

The love of movies - and the madness that infects those of us with that lifelong disease is nowhere better examined than in this sprawling and darkly affectionate story of the egos and excesses, the courage and cowardice of those behind- and in front-of the camera.

Stephanie Austin
"The Day After", "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", "True Lies", "The Long Kiss Goodnight", "Sahara"
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best novel about making movies October 13, 2012
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The best novel about making movies. Shadows On A Wall tells a great story that's funny, thrilling, moving and even though it may well shatter any illusions you still had about film-making, it won't kill your love of movies. Filled with engaging characters from the playwright who has been sucked into the Hollywood big time to the desperate producer trying to hang on to his unfaithful wife to the wealthy undertaker who fancies dabbling in the silver screen, Shadows On A Wall itself would make a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb October 13, 2012
By Charles
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Easily one of the best novels I've read in the last decade. It's full of intrigue just like my biography of Princesss Diana Diana's Nightmare - The Family. Shadows on a Wall made my holiday . Would love to see his book made into a movie - with Danny de Vito as Harvey. If ever there was a page turner this is it. Well done. More please Mr Connolly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for movie industry types! February 24, 2014
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I will admit that I am not a voracious reader. But I found this novel impossible to put down!

Anybody who has ever worked in cinema, television or theater will recognize so many "if anything can go wrong - it will" situations in the story. I have seen several facets of the story invoked (intentionally or not) in films like Wag the Dog, Living in Oblivion and even Tropic Thunder.

One of my favorite reads ever!

"Rusty" B.
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More About the Author

RAY CONNOLLY has written several novels, including SHADOWS ON A WALL, LOVE OUT OF SEASON and SUNDAY MORNING, the movies and novels THAT'LL BE THE DAY and STARDUST and the television series LYTTON'S DIARY and PERFECT SCOUNDRELS. He also wrote a biography of JOHN LENNON, whom he knew well. He was about to fly from London to New York to see Lennon when he got the call telling him that the ex-Beatle had been murdered.

He also wrote and directed the TV documentary JAMES DEAN: THE FIRST AMERICAN TEENAGER, worked with record producer SIR GEORGE MARTIN on the BBC Television series THE RHYTHM OF LIFE, and has written TV plays, films and documentaries, radio plays, short stories and much journalism.

His latest novel, KILL FOR LOVE, a thriller about music, is available on Kindle. He is currently writing a screenplay about the life of DUSTY SPRINGFIELD.

He is married and lives in London.


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