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Robin Hawdon Author & Playwright

Robin Hawdon's comedies are amongst the most frequently produced around the world. Several have featured on Samuel French's 'most produced' list. In the last decade he has had productions in major theatres in New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Bonn, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Johannesburg, Russia, Scandinavia, Italy, etc, and at any one moment there are likely to be at least twenty productions of various titles, old and new, running in various countries and in diverse languages. Here are described a number of the best known plays, as well as more recent titles, together with brief extracts from their international reviews, and short dialogue examples from each text.

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Coup de Grace

Brand new comedy set during the famous Cannes Film Festival.  Premiered in Germany May 2017 to great reviews.
"Hawdon fools the audience with a litany of assumptions, and his permutation games reach dazzlingly absurd heights."

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A Rustle in the Grass

First novel published 30 years ago as Hamlyn's 'Book Of The Month' and now republished after it attracted a series of remarkable reviews on Amazon


Review Extracts

“...A fantastic, well-paced, beautifully told story that grows on you more and more the older you get. I liked this better than Watership Down. A great gift to get children into reading...”

“...This is one of those books I buy, whenever I see a copy somewhere, just so I can give it to someone or their kid. The story is enchanting, the biology well-used, and the characters are simply unforgettable...”

“...I re-read this one every few years, it takes me back - a wellspring for nostalgia and fond remembrances. It's wonderful - a celebration of hope and courage and dignity in the face of destruction...”

“...Although relatively unknown, this is by far the best fiction book ever written. I love it, and I have no doubt that anyone who reads it will as well. It is a magical story...”

“...There are very few books that make me nostalgic for innocence and childhood. This one easily tops the list..... Buy a copy, for yourself, for your kids, for any reason at all. Treasure this...”

“...My favourite book until this day..... My teacher asked to borrow the book over the summer. Two years later in our classroom bookshelf there was a 20-copy set of this book for all of the students to read!”

4.9 out of 5 stars
A Rustle in the Grass by Robin Hawdon

Survival of the Fittest

Latest novel, also attracting five star reviews on Amazon. A modern detective story, a historical account of the struggles of one of the world's greatest scientists, and a World War II espionage story, all in one novel.

Review Extracts

“....the most fascinating piece of work I have read in a long time. I just couldn’t stop reading.”

4.3 out of 5 stars
Survival of the Fittest by Robin Hawdon


Volcanic Eruptions

New Comedy derived from a play which had a successful tour back in the seventies but failed to find a West End stage big enough to accommodate the huge two storey set. Now completely rewritten with a much simplified set and smaller cast. Already produced in Poland, Italy and Russia.
(See under PLAYS)