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Cool Hand Luke


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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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Don Pearce has been a machinist's helper, a merchant marine, a safecracker and a convict. Cool Hand Luke was written using his own experiences of working on a Florida chain gang. It was famously filmed in 1967 by Stuart Rosenberg, the year after its initial publication, starring Paul Newman. The screenplay, scripted by Pearce himself, was nominated for an Academy Award. He subsequently wrote three other novels, Pier Head Jump, Dying in the Sun and Nobody Comes Back. He now works as a private investigator in Florida.


The most brutal and authentic account of a road gang that we have - New York TimesReveals the author's extraordinary gift for rhythmic prose, tragic drama, and realism made larger than life - Publisher's WeeklyCool Hand Luke is a classic tale of a hero refusing to toe the line. - Daily Express

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