Category:1989 British novels
Pages in category "1989 British novels"
The following 80 pages are in this category, out of 80 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 80 pages are in this category, out of 80 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Licence to Kill – Licence to Kill is the sixteenth spy film in the James Bond film series by Eon Productions, and the first one not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story. It is the fifth and final consecutive Bond film to be directed by John Glen and it also marks Timothy Daltons second and final performance in the role of James Bond. The story has elements of two Ian Fleming short stories and a novel, interwoven with aspects from Japanese Rōnin tales, originally titled Licence Revoked in line with the plot, the name was changed during post-production because too many people did not know what revoked meant. Budgetary reasons caused Licence to Kill to be the first Bond film shot completely outside the United Kingdom, Broccoli, although he would later act as a consulting producer for GoldenEye before his death. DEA agents collect MI6 agent James Bond and Felix Leiter, on their way to Leiters wedding in Key West, Bond and Leiter capture Sanchez by attaching a hook and cord to Sanchezs plane and pulling it out of the air with a Coast Guard helicopter. Afterwards, Bond and Leiter parachute down to the church in time for the ceremony, Sanchez bribes DEA agent Ed Killifer and escapes. Meanwhile, Sanchezs henchman Dario and his crew ambush Leiter and his wife Della and take Leiter to an aquarium owned by one of Sanchezs accomplices, Sanchez has Leiter lowered into a tank holding a great white. When Bond learns Sanchez has escaped, he returns to Leiters house to find Leiter has been maimed, Bond, with Leiters friend Sharkey, start their own investigation. They discover a marine research centre run by Krest, where Sanchez has hidden cocaine, after Bond kills Killifer using the same shark tank used for Leiter, M meets Bond in Key Wests Hemingway House and orders him to an assignment in Istanbul, Turkey. Bond resigns after turning down the assignment, but M suspends Bond instead, Bond becomes a rogue agent, although he later receives unauthorised assistance from Q. Bond boards Krests ship the Wavekrest and foils Sanchezs latest drug shipment and he discovers that Sharkey has been killed by Sanchezs henchmen. Bond rescues Pam Bouvier, an agent and pilot, from Dario at a Bimini bar. He finds his way into Sanchezs employment by posing as an assassin for hire, two Hong Kong Narcotics Bureau officers foil Bonds attempt to assassinate Sanchez and take him to an abandoned warehouse. They are joined by Fallon, an MI6 agent who was sent by M to apprehend Bond, Sanchezs men rescue him and kill the officers, believing them to be the assassins. Later, with the aid of Bouvier, Q, and Sanchezs girlfriend Lupe Lamora, Sanchez kills Krest via a decompression chamber and admits Bond into his inner circle. Sanchez takes Bond to his base, which is disguised as the headquarters of a religious cult, Bond learns that Sanchezs scientists can dissolve cocaine in petrol and then sell it disguised as fuel to Asian drug dealers. The televangelist Professor Joe Butcher serves as middleman, working under Sanchezs business manager Truman-Lodge, during Sanchezs presentation to potential Asian customers, Dario discovers Bond and betrays him to Sanchez. Bond starts a fire in the laboratory, but is captured again, Bouvier arrives and shoots Dario, allowing Bond to pull Dario into the shredder, killing him
2. The Heretic's Apprentice – The Heretics Apprentice is a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters set in June 1143. It is the 16th novel in the Cadfael Chronicles and was first published in 1989, Brother Cadfael, Abbot Radulfus, and Sheriff Hugh Beringar work together to find the murderer, and more difficult, the motive for murder. The story takes place from 19 to 27 June 1143, just across the Channel, so close to home, William of Lythwood dies after a seven-year pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His servant Elave carries his masters body back home to Shrewsbury, Elave shares the sad news with Williams wool- and vellum-trading household in town, and delivers the dowry gift meant for Fortunata, his foster daughter. Not all the household is happy to see Elave return to town and his insecure replacement for the clerking work charges Elave with heresy, charges taken all too seriously by a visiting Augustinian canon from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Abbot Radulfus handles this issue with due seriousness, but with a cooler head than the peremptory canon, once aware that his job is in no way threatened by Elave, Aldwin leaves to recant his charges at the Abbey. His body is found in the next morning by Cadfael. Sheriff Hugh Beringar and Madoc of the Dead Boat join to hunt for the killer, Elave is surprised by Fortunata, grown beautiful while he was away. Others in the household are taken more by the new dowry unseen in a magnificent box, Fortunata, drawn into the testimony about the supposed heresies, is drawn also to Elave. For his safety from the canon, Elave is held in a cell in the Abbey. He opens the box with Fortunata’s dowry, finding 570 silver pennies, Father Elias will not bury Aldwin until he knows he confessed and was absolved. The beautiful old box comes to the Abbey in an appeal to use its contents as bail for Elave. Brother Anselm examines the box, noting its use to hold a valuable book. Elave and Brother Cadfael have their first chance to hear and hold it since Elave arrived five days earlier, Cadfael and Hugh ask Conan more questions about the night before Williams funeral before Hugh releases him, free of suspicion of Aldwins murder. Cadfael seeks a motive for the murder of Aldwin, Fortunata gives her Uncle Jevan the box, in hopes she will learn the original contents. Cadfael and Hugh seek Fortunata, fearing for her safety, Jevan heads to his workshop near Frankwell when he notices the key to it is missing at home. Fortunata is searching his workshop for the box, thoroughly. Jevan faces Fortunata, slowly confessing how he killed Aldwin, believing that Aldwin had seen the contents of the box, as Jevan had, but he loves his niece, he is frozen in indecision, while Fortunata believes he will not kill her
3. The Grotesque (novel) – The Grotesque is a 1989 gothic fiction novel by British author Patrick McGrath. It was adapted into a 1995 film starring Alan Bates, Lena Headey, Theresa Russell, wheelchair-using Sir Hugo Coal narrates this tale of vice and murder at stately Crook Manor. Of particular note is new butler Fledge, whom Sir Hugo believes is not only the cause of the troubles at the estate, from Publishers Weekly, Witty, weird and highly enjoyable, this gothic British tale is aptly titled. The set-up is macabre, a distinguished paleontologist is brain-damaged and slowly turning into a vegetable. He cannot speak, but narrates an interior monologue of all he sees and hears, a lot of shenanigans and a particularly grisly murder, all centered around Fledge, the butler. However deadly the deed, the language is always decorous and impeccably mannered, the result is strangely hilarious--as if a Stephen King story were being told in the manner of a latter-day Anthony Trollope. From The Sunday Times, Magnificently grim, serves up this cold slice of modern Gothic with the deranged relish of a Poe but also the acrid irony of a Waugh
4. Mattimeo – Mattimeo is a fantasy novel by Brian Jacques, published in 1989. It is the book in the Redwall series. It is also one of the three Redwall novels to be made into a TV series, Slagar the fox hated Redwall Abbey—its peaceable creatures, its fearless mouse warrior Matthias. And now, he is embarking on a terrible quest for vengeance, cunningly stealing away what the Redwallers most cherish, and the greatest prize of all would be Matthiass headstrong son, Mattimeo. Mattimeo is a sequel to Redwall and Mossflower, taking place eight seasons after the events of the first novel. The peaceful woodland creatures of Redwall Abbey are busy preparing for a feast during the summer equinox, Matthias and Cornflower have had a son named Mattimeo, who has been generally spoiled throughout his life by the inhabitants of Redwall. Meanwhile, the masked fox Slagar the Cruel and his gang of slavers are planning to enter Redwall Abbey during one of their feasts, after drugging the Abbey residents, he kidnaps Mattimeo, Tim and Tess Churchmouse, Cynthia Bankvole, and Sam Squirrel. They meet Auma, and Jube, who were kidnapped by Slagar the Cruel. Upon discovering the missing, Matthias, Basil Stag Hare and Jess Squirrel with the help of a few friends, leave the Abbey to hunt down Slagar. They encounter Cheek, an ottercub Matthias describes as Cheek both by name and by nature, on their journey, they meet up with Orlando the Axe, the father of Auma, and Jabez Stump, the father of Jube. As they journey, they find the Guerrilla Union of Shrews in Mossflower, meanwhile, at the Abbey, a horde of rooks, magpies, and crows led by General Ironbeak have come to conquer it. They instantly capture most of Redwall, starting from the top, when the magpies went to forage for food for Ironbeaks crew, they ate the strawberries. The two forces then negotiate a hostage exchange, after that, the Abbeys residents take refuge in a basement called Cavern Hole, stocked with many supplies. Then Cornflower has an idea to dress up as a ghost and scare the rooks, they succeed and he traps Constance in the gatehouse, then slips his army through the barricade. There, the fight the massive army of rats, while Matthias frees the slaves held there and is reunited with his son. Malkariss is about to kill Matthias with his own sword when the slaves appear and destroy their master by pelting him with the stones. Matthias frees the slaves and a battle ensues during which Malkariss kingdom is destroyed. Later, Slagar reappears and kills Vitch, a rat slaver he worked with, Matthias and Orlando attempt to kill Slagar, who flees, only to plunge to his death down a well shaft
5. The Nightmare Fair – The Nightmare Fair is a story originally written for the 1986 season of Doctor Who, but never filmed. A novelisation based on the script was published in 1989 by Target Books, the script and novelisation were written by former series producer Graham Williams, and would have been directed by Matthew Robinson had it gone to air. An audio play based on Williams script was released in May 2003. For this adaptation, the Sixth Doctor was played by Steve Hill, a second audio adaption, done by Big Finish, was released in 2009. Adapted by John Ainsworth, it featured both Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant reprising their roles of the Sixth Doctor and Peri respectively. The Sixth Doctor and his companion Peri are lured in the TARDIS to Blackpool, the Doctors adversary the Celestial Toymaker is behind it, and the Doctor and Peri must fight their way through his videogames in order to defeat him. Several stories were in the stages for the 23rd Season of Doctor Who. Former series Producer Graham Williams was to have written the season opener, being the first slated for production, Williams script was by far the most advanced at the time of cancellation, with Matthew Robinson pencilled in as director. In 1988, Target Books, which had been successfully publishing novelisations of Doctor Who stories for many years, while negotiations went forward with the BBC for the publication of new adventures, three of the cancelled scripts were published in book form. The writers of all three were approached, and all were signed to write the novels, the Nightmare Fair required far less additional material than the other two, and in May 1989 it became the first to be published under the Missing Episodes banner. It was the first of 275 releases from different publishers as of 2007 that were not televised or broadcast on radio. The next two books in the series were The Ultimate Evil by Wally K. Daly, released in August 1989, the original ending of the 1985 series finale, Revelation of the Daleks, had the Doctor telling Peri he was going to take her to Blackpool. Before broadcast, however, the decision was made to frame the Doctor before he says this. Williams novelization of the serial does not, therefore, take its lead from the ending of Revelation. At the start of this novel TARDIS is drawn into the nexus of the cauldron of Space-Time itself and he. In the text of the novel, the character Kevin is given the surname Stoney, Kevin Stoney is the name of an actor who appeared in earlier stories in the televised series. Big Finish Productions produced a drama adaptation of The Nightmare Fair in 2009. In early March 2009, Big Finish announced that the role of the Toymaker was to be played by David Bailie, the original 1966 Toymaker story starred Michael Gough, but at the time of audio recording, he had retired from acting
6. The Pillars of the Earth – The Pillars of the Earth is a historical novel by Ken Follett published in 1989 about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. It is set in the middle of the 12th century, primarily during the Anarchy, before this novel was published, Follett was known for writing in the thriller genre. The Pillars of the Earth became his best-selling work which was made into an 8-part miniseries in 2010. The book was listed at no.33 on the BBCs Big Read, the book was selected in the United States for Oprahs Book Club in 2007. Follett published a sequel, set 150 years later, entitled World Without End, in the 1999 preface to The Pillars of the Earth, Follett tells readers that he grew up in a Puritan-based family, whose worship space was very spare. In preparing for writing, he was reading about medieval architecture, before too long, it occurred to me to channel this enthusiasm into a novel. I knew it had to be a long book and it took at least thirty years to build a cathedral and most took longer because they would run out of money, or be attacked or invaded. So the story covers the lives of the main characters. My publishers were a little nervous about such an unlikely subject but, paradoxically. Its also the book Im most proud of and it recreates, quite vividly, the entire life of the village and the people who live there. You feel you know the place and the people as intimately as if you yourself were living there in the Middle Ages. Follett set it in Marlborough, Wiltshire, he chose that location because the cathedrals of Winchester, Gloucester, Kingsbridge Cathedral as described is based on the cathedrals of Wells and Salisbury. Henrys nephew Stephen of Blois and Henrys daughter Maud fight for the throne, ambitious nobles and churchmen take sides, hoping to gain advantages. The novel, which is divided into six sections plus a prologue, explores themes of intrigue and it explores the development of medieval architecture, the civil war, secular/religious conflicts, and shifting political loyalties. A red-headed man is hanged for theft after being condemned by a priest, a knight, and a monk. His pregnant lover curses the men who condemned him, declaring that their children will be hanged, their enemies will prosper, circumstances leave mason Tom Builder and his family destitute and starving. After his pregnant wife Agnes dies in childbirth, Tom abandons his newborn by his wifes grave in the snowy woods and he later has a change of heart and returns, but finds the baby missing. Knowing that he will be charged with abandonment if he says the baby is his, and confident that the monks will be able to look after him, Tom decides to leave the infant to the monastery
7. An Awfully Big Adventure (novel) – An Awfully Big Adventure is a novel written by Beryl Bainbridge. It was short listed for the Booker Prize in 1990 and adapted as a movie in 1995, the story was inspired by Bainbridges own experiences working at the Liverpool Playhouse in her youth. Set in working-class England right after World War II, the story observes sexual politics amongst a troupe of actors working at a shabby regional playhouse. The title is an reference to the original Peter Pan story. In 1995, Fine Line Features released a motion picture adaptation starring Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, the film was directed by Mike Newell and is one of the only film versions of Bainbridges works
8. The Bridesmaid – The Bridesmaid is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1989. It is generally considered a fan-favourite, and was adapted into an acclaimed 2004 film by Claude Chabrol, the novels protagonist is Philip Wardman, a relatively normal young man, whose only particularly strong feeling is that he hates violence. Philip lives at home with his mother and sister, and his feminine ideal is exemplified by a statue of Flora. One day Philips sister marries, and Philip meets eccentric Senta Pelham, the two begin a passionate affair, but Philips world comes crashing down around him when Senta sets a test, she begs Philip that, to prove their love, they must each kill someone
9. Canal Dreams – Canal Dreams is a novel by Scottish writer Iain Banks, published in 1989. Famous Japanese cellist Hisako Onoda boards a supertanker en route to her concert in Rotterdam, the ship is trapped in the Panama Canal as a result of an international crisis and anchors in Gatun Lake. Hisako is Banks first female lead character, Banks himself did not rate the book very highly, I always worry, with all these things. Canal Dreams was my first attempt at a political thriller - an action book. As a political thriller its not very good and a sign that its not so good at what its supposed to be doing is that it would be so easy to take the politics out and make a pro-CIA propaganda movie. If its that easy to strip out, the political element, when asked about possible film rights in an interview, Banks replied, Och yeah. Actually of all the books, Canal Dreams is the one Im least pleased with, by the usual reckoning, the worst books make the best films, so going on that it might be quite a good film. Make a film like Die Hard and cut out most of the first half of the book. In the first half, when the ship is stranded but unharmed, the mood is bucolic and philosophical, and she has an affair with one of the ships officers and they go scuba diving together. She is worried about the future, and has violent nightmares and she also spends time with the other passengers, among them a South African engineer and an erudite Egyptian. In the much darker second half, the book becomes an almost Die Hard-like thriller, the rebels kill everybody aboard except Hisako and rape her. She avenges herself, killing the pirates, the violence of the rebel takeover and of Hisakos revenge is described very graphically
10. The Child Garden – The Child Garden is a 1989 science fiction novel by Geoff Ryman. It won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1990, the novel is structured as two books with a brief introduction. The first book was published in two parts as Love Sickness in the Summer and Autumn 1987 editions of the British science fiction magazine Interzone. It won the 1988 BFSA Award and placed 8th in the Locus Poll Award for Best Novella, in a future semitropical England cancer has been cured, but, as a result, the human lifespan has been halved and socialism has replaced capitalism. It is a world transformed by global warming and by advances in genetic engineering, houses, machines, even spaceships are genetically-engineered life-forms. Milena, an actress, secretly has an immunity to the routinely used to educate people. She attempts to use holograms to stage an opera based on Dantes The Divine Comedy, the opera is written by her genetically modified friend Rolfa. As she works on the opera she encounters the body of the world, called the Consensus. Milena slowly discovers that this consciousness is lonely and afraid of dying. Geoff Ryman bibliography The Child Garden at Worlds Without End