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Published work
by Martin Noble


 
  Martin Noble: published work - novels - film/TV-tie-ins  


    

 

 
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Calling all writers

Calling all writers and publishers

If your ideas need to be turned into words,
your words into sentences,
your sentences into paragraphs,
your paragraphs into chapters,
your chapters into texts,
your texts into books,
your stories into novels,
your screenplays into novelisations ...

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Contents





  1. NOVELS AND NOVELISATIONS (as author)

    
    


    
    
    
  2. NON-FICTION PUBLISHED WORK




Novels and novelisations







Private Schulz

New English Library, 1981



World War II black comedy based on the true story of an SS conman, and on scripts by Jack Pulman.


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Story

Private Gerhardt Otto Schulz, inducted into the SS's dirty tricks department in spite of all his efforts to keep out of the firing line, conceives the idea of flooding the British economy with forged five pound notes. The plan is implemented and his commanding officer, Neuheim, based on Alfred Naujocks, the man who claimed to have started the Second World War, takes all the credit.

When Schulz is parachuted into enemy British territory to bury a canister of fivers, the mission goes disastrously wrong and on his return to Germany he is thrown into prison.

How he spends the rest of the war and the ensuing peacetime attempting to recover his counterfeit inheritance is the story of Private Schulz.

And all this actually happened . . .

The BBC TV series (starring Michael Elphick, Ian Richardson and Billie Whitelaw) was nominated for a BAFTA award.

The paperback was in the UK Sunday Times Top Ten Paperback List.

A private eye wrote to me from Caifornia:




 
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR
DRC
PETER UNIVERSITY
CALIFORNIA USA


Dear Mr Noble

Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your novelisation of Jack Pulman's "Private Schulz".

It's the funniest book I've read since "The Good Soldier Schweik" and that's going back a good few years.

I haven't seen the BBC TV series, preferring to read your novelisation instead.

It takes a lot to make me laugh when reading a book but you've done it!

It really is excellent, and you write so well and descriptively. You are a credit to your metier.

I've done a lot of reading recently and have gotten through such books as [long list of books] but yours tops them all!

Cordially,

George A. Athans

 


Review from Evening Echo Southend, 10 July 1981:

 
If you laughed at the frustrated, unfortunate Private Schulz in the recent BBC television series, then you will love the book version, out in paperback this week.

Turned into a novel by Martin Noble from the late Jack Pulman's screenplay, Private Schulz (New English Library) is able to go into more detail than the TV original, both in characterisation and plot.

The result is a finely drawn and hilarious tale of the SS plan to flood wartime Britain with forged £5 notes - with Schulz as the unwitting and unwilling private using the scheme to make some dishonest money for himself.

 



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  Bullshot  

  Star, 1983  



Based on Alan Shearman, Ron House and Diz White's screenplay for Handmade Films, this is a comic parody of the Bulldog Drummond genre and British adventure fiction of the 1920s.

The film starred Shearman, House, White and Billy Connolly.




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Bloodbath at the House of Death

 Star, 1984  


Very loosely based on Ray Cameron and Barry Cryer's screenplay for Wildwood Productions, this comic horror novel parodies the Hammer genre.

The movie starred Kenny Everett, Pamela Stephenson and Vincent Price.



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  Automan  

  Target, 1984  

Science fantasy action adventure for 9-14 year olds based on the BBC TV series.

A sort of computerized version of Herbie the anthropomorphic Volkswagen, with Automan being able to transform himself into a supercharged jet-powered car.

Based on Glen A. Larson's teleplay for Twentieth-Century Fox and BBC TV.


 
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 Cover Up 

 Target, 1985 

Based on Glen A. Larson's teleplay for Twentieth-Century Fox and BBC TV, a thriller series for older teenagers set in the world of fashion/glamour photography.



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 Finder of Lost Loves 

 Target, 1985 

Romantic fiction, again for older teenagers, written under the pseudonym of Sara Richardson - a novel uniting a collection of stories about a female detective agent uniting missing persons, culminating in the heroine herself finding her own lost love.

Based on Aaron Spelling Productions' teleplay for Twentieth Century Fox.


                             
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 One Magic Christmas 

 Target, 1985 

Touching story for all ages about a poor family struggling to make ends meet at Christmas. In the tradition of Itís a Wonderful Life, a guardian angel reveals an alternative reality to a doubting mother and her children get to meet the real Santa Klaus.

Based on Thomas Meehan's screenplay for Walt Disney Productions, the film starred Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton.

I received one fan letter from a woman in Canada who said it was the best book sheíd ever read!


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 The Wuzzles (I and II) 

 Target, 1986 

Based on Disney cartoon series for younger readers (7-10) about animal hybrids combining the features of two or more different animals.



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 Ruthless People 

Star, 1987

Adult black comedy of a bungled kidnap, based on Dale Launer's screenplay for Touchstone Films, the film starred Danny De Vito, Bette Midler and Helen Slater.

The movie was a UK box-office No. 1.



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 Tin Men 

 Star, 1987 

Comedy about a feud between two double-glazing salesmen, based on Barry Levinson's screenplay for Touchstone Films starring Danny De Vito, Richard Dreyfuss and Barbara Hershey.


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 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 

Star, 1988

Based on Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman's screenplay for Touchstone Films and Steven Spielberg.

The movie - for children and adults - combining live film with animation and starring Bob Hoskins was a No. 1 US/UK smash hit comedy.


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 Richmond Hill (I and II) 

Star, 1990

Two books based on scripts produced by the Grundy Organisation (producers of the afternoon soaps Neighbours and Home and Away.


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 Trance Mission 

Henderson, 1996

Horror novel for teenagers involving astral travel, virtual reality, trance techno music and the transmogrification of souls.

Twelfth in Henderson's Funfax Horror series.


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 Prehistoric Beasts 
 (I and II)
 

  Henderson, 1997
 


Two books on dinosaurs for children, based on the Steven Spielberg movie sequel,

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, released 1997.



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click here The Lost World, Bk 3: Plant-eaters (Hunted)

For more information on the forthcoming movie see: The Lost World Page



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Non-fiction published work




 
Adam International Literary Review (1969 - 70)
Literary reviews and translations

The Teacher (1970 - 71)
Reviews of childrenís books

Buying and Paying (Pitman, 1972)
Advice book for 14 - 16 year olds

Two Minutes over Baghdad (Cass, 1981)
The Israeli raid on the Iraqi plutonium plant (co-written with Perlmutter et al.)

Tell the Time (Dean, 1982)
Activity book for 4 - 6 year olds

Games, Tricks & Puzzles (Dean, 1982)
Fun activity book for 6 - 8 year olds

More Things to Make and Do (Dean, 1982)
Fun activity book for 6 - 8 year olds

Teddy Bearís Book (Dean, 1986)
Picture book with simple text for 3 - 5 year olds

Teddy Bearís Playtime (Dean, 1986)
Picture book with simple text for 3 - 5 year olds

Teddy Bearís Garden (Dean, 1986)
Picture book with simple text for 3 - 5 year olds

Activity Book (Egmont, 1993)
Stories and scenarios teaching 3 - 5 year olds simple arithmetic

The Reader's Companion to the Twentieth Century Novel (Fourth Estate/Helicon, 1994)
Research and contribution of individual entries; general editor:Frank Kermode

Prehistoric Beasts: The Lost World, Book 2: Predators (Hunters) (Henderson, 1997)

Prehistoric Beasts: The Lost World, Book 3: Plant-eaters (Hunted) (Henderson, 1997)
Funfax book for 8-12 years olds. Loads of info about dinosaurs, including all the dinos featured in the sequel to Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg, released Summer 1997. 
 
Funfax Sports Crazy (Henderson, 1997)
Funfax sports facts for 8-12 year olds. Loads of info about every type of sport.

Encyclopaedia of Singles (Foundry/Dempsey Parr (Paragon), 1998)
Research and contribution of individual entries; general editor: Paul du Noyer

Leonardo DiCaprio (Henderson, 1998)
Illustrated biography of the American actor - for teenagers

Ewan McGregor (Henderson, 1999)
Illustrated biography of the Scottish actor - for teenagers

Encyclopaedia of World Facts (Foundry/Dempsey Parr (Paragon), 1999)
Research and contribution of individual entries

Get Online (UK edition) (Time-Life / Eaglemoss, 1999)
Consultation, research, testing and contribution of individual entries

Body Art (Henderson, 2000)
Illustrated book on body decoration for teenagers

The Internet (Digital Guides series) (Foundry, 2001)
Consultation, research and contribution to A-Z guide to the Internet





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