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Peter Nichols (born 31 July 1927) is an English writer of stage plays, film and television.

Born in Bristol, England, he was educated at Bristol Grammar School, and then did his National Service in the RAF for three years, going on to study acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. While he was working as a teacher he began to write television plays which achieved notice. His first play for the stage was The Hooded Terror, part of a season of new plays at the Little Theatre in Bristol which included Cockade by another new playwright Charles Wood. He later wrote A Day in the Death of Joe Egg for the stage because he thought it would be unacceptable for television.

Nichols' plays are hard to categorize. He is quoted as saying 'Do any damn thing you have to do to keep the heart and soul alive'.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a one-set drama in music hall style. The National Health is a fantasy farce, also interrupted by Vaudeville. Privates On Parade is a musical comedy. Poppy takes the form of a Christmas pantomime.

Despite the comic style, Nichols' plays deal with the most serious of themes. In A Day in the Death of Joe Egg the burden of raising a hopelessly handicapped child shatters a couple's marriage. The patients of The National Health suffer and die, as do the singing soldiers of Privates On Parade. In Poppy, a pantomime take on the Chinese opium wars, Dick Whittington's sister becomes a drug addict. Passion focusses on adultery and betrayal.

Joe Egg is based on Nichols' own experiences of raising a handicapped child. The National Health draws on a hospital stay of his own, and Privates draws on his own military experiences.

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Total Books: 106
A Voyage for Madmen
2017 - A Voyage for Madmen (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781515967149
ISBN-10: 151596714X
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Science & Math
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The Rocks A Novel
2016 - The Rocks a Novel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781101983393
ISBN-10: 1101983396
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Rocks
2015 - The Rocks (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781848666382
ISBN-10: 1848666381
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Passion Play
2013 - Passion Play (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781848423190
ISBN-10: 1848423195
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Oil and Ice A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of America's Last Whaling Dynasty
Sea Change Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat
Final Voyage A Story of Arctic Disaster and One Fateful Whaling Season
Evolution's Captain The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin's Voyage Aboard the Beagle
Allein auf hoher See
2004 - Allein Auf Hoher See (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783404642038
ISBN-10: 3404642031
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Evolution's Captain
2004 - Evolution's Captain (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781861974563
ISBN-10: 1861974566
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Evolution's Captain  The Dark Fate of the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World
NicholsPlays Two
2003 - Nicholsplays Two [Contemporary Dramatists - Vol 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413650702
ISBN-10: 0413650707
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Lodestar
2003 - Lodestar (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781861976765
ISBN-10: 1861976763
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Der Freisegler Logbuch der Erinnerung
2003 - Der Freisegler Logbuch Der Erinnerung (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783423340120
ISBN-10: 3423340126
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Let the Faces Speak
2002 - Let the Faces Speak (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781891386312
ISBN-10: 189138631X
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Sea Change
2002 - Sea Change (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781861974419
ISBN-10: 1861974418
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The Lodestar
2002 - The Lodestar (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781861974853
ISBN-10: 186197485X
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So Long Life
2002 - So Long Life (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781854596062
ISBN-10: 1854596063
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Allein auf hoher See Abenteuer einer Weltumseglung
2002 - Allein Auf Hoher See Abenteuer Einer Weltumseglung (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783203805252
ISBN-10: 3203805251
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Golden Globe
2002 - Golden Globe (Other)
ISBN-13: 9782723437318
ISBN-10: 2723437310
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Diaries 1969-1977
2001 - Diaries 1969-1977 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781854594747
ISBN-10: 1854594745
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1996 - Blue Murder [Methuen Drama] (Paperback)
1987 - Piece of My Mind [Modern Plays] (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - Poppy (Paperback)Hardcover
1968 - A Day in the Death of Joe Egg a Play [French's Acting Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
Born in the Gardens [Faber paperbacks] (Paperback)Paperback
A Piece of My Mind [Acting Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Darwin Contra Fitzroy [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)