Worlds Apart

Stories about love, language and cultures

by David Newby

Worlds Apart is about rela­tion­ships between men and women from dif­fer­ent places, dif­fer­ent lan­guages, dif­fer­ent nation­al cul­tures, dif­fer­ent reli­gions, dif­fer­ent lifestyles, and of course, dif­fer­ent gen­ders. The sto­ries are humor­ous yet heart-rend­ing, satir­i­cal yet sen­si­tive, upset­ting yet uplift­ing – essen­tial read­ing for any­one who loves life, lan­guage and British humour.

From the stories

Culture Lovers

It was on a cool and driz­zly June after­noon that Hein­rich Strass­er stepped onto the quay side at Dover. In doing so, he saw him­self as a pas­sive, paci­fist Julius Cae­sar: he would come, he would see, he would be con­quered, by all things British. Like an invert­ed mis­sion­ary, he was here to have the Good News spread to him by the natives.

Joy of Man’s Desiring

‘I think my hus­band might be secret­ly in love with you.’ ‘Don’t be ridicu­lous! How could any­one be in love with me?’

Framing

‘Oh fuck!’ he mur­mured as he poured him­self a glass of his beloved Arma­gnac brandy. Being of a lit­er­ary bent, he would prob­a­bly have cho­sen dif­fer­ent words, had he known that they were to be his last.

Teaching Birds to Talk

Read by Richard Mitch­ley on BBC World Ser­vice, 25.6.99

David New­by

Worlds Apart

Sto­ries about love,

lan­guage and cul­tures

Hard­cov­er, 176 pages

DE / AT 22,50 €

 ISBN 978–3‑903284–00‑5

About the author

David New­by was, until his retire­ment, pro­fes­sor of lin­guis­tics and lan­guage didac­tics at Graz Uni­ver­si­ty, Aus­tria, and Bergen Uni­ver­si­ty, Nor­way. He is the author of aca­d­e­m­ic pub­li­ca­tions, school text­books and sev­er­al works of dra­ma. His play The Lan­guage of Love was a final­ist in the BBC World Ser­vice play­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The Fam­i­ly Album was per­formed on three school tours by Vienna’s Eng­lish The­atre. His most recent play is Love Con­quers All.

David New­by
Worlds Apart
Sto­ries about love, lan­guage
and cul­tures
Hard­cov­er, 176 pages
DE / AT 22,50 €
ISBN 978–3‑903284–00‑5

Worlds Apart

Stories about love, language and cultures

by David Newby

Worlds Apart is about rela­tion­ships between men and women from dif­fer­ent places, dif­fer­ent lan­guages, dif­fer­ent nation­al cul­tures, dif­fer­ent reli­gions, dif­fer­ent lifestyles, and of course, dif­fer­ent gen­ders. The sto­ries are humor­ous yet heart-rend­ing, satir­i­cal yet sen­si­tive, upset­ting yet uplift­ing – essen­tial read­ing for any­one who loves life, lan­guage and British humour.

From the stories

 

Culture Lovers

It was on a cool and driz­zly June after­noon that Hein­rich Strass­er stepped onto the quay side at Dover. In doing so, he saw him­self as a pas­sive, paci­fist Julius Cae­sar: he would come, he would see, he would be con­quered, by all things British. Like an invert­ed mis­sion­ary, he was here to have the Good News spread to him by the natives.

Joy of Man’s Desiring

‘I think my hus­band might be secret­ly in love with you.’ ‘Don’t be ridicu­lous! How could any­one be in love with me?’

Framing

‘Oh fuck!’ he mur­mured as he poured him­self a glass of his beloved Arma­gnac brandy. Being of a lit­er­ary bent, he would prob­a­bly have cho­sen dif­fer­ent words, had he known that they were to be his last.

Teaching Birds to Talk

Read by Richard Mitch­ley on BBC World Ser­vice, 25.6.99

About the author

David New­by was, until his retire­ment, pro­fes­sor of lin­guis­tics and lan­guage didac­tics at Graz Uni­ver­si­ty, Aus­tria, and Bergen Uni­ver­si­ty, Nor­way. He is the author of aca­d­e­m­ic pub­li­ca­tions, school text­books and sev­er­al works of dra­ma. His play The Lan­guage of Love was a final­ist in the BBC World Ser­vice play­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The Fam­i­ly Album was per­formed on three school tours by Vienna’s Eng­lish The­atre. His most recent play is Love Con­quers All.