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‘Jonathan Lynn, already a comedy legend, has reinforced his storied reputation with this coruscating, wrathful, passionate, hilarious and astonishingly timely novel.’ Stephen Fry

Samaritans Medical Center, Washington DC, can't seem to look after itself and its increasingly desperate doctors, let alone its patients.

The chairman of the board, billionaire arms dealer and part-time philanthropist David Soper, decides that it's time to kill or cure.

Business School alumnus and Las Vegas hotel genius Max Green is the perfect man for the job. A man of vision. A man with a mission. A man who knows that wealth-care is smarter than healthcare.

He's going to make Samaritans great again.

Andrew Sharp, star cardio-thoracic surgeon, turns his back on the NHS and buys in to this brave new world of Porsches and payola. But when his American Dream turns into a living nightmare, Andrew discovers that even the new-found love of his assistant, Cathy, may not be enough to save him…

Samaritans is the new novel from the co-creator and writer of Yes Minister & Yes, Prime Minister.

Praise for Samaritans

'A book George Orwell would have approved of.' The Sunday Times

‘It’s wonderful! I was hooked, mouth open, heart pounding. The catastrophic state of medical care is his story but Samaritans can be read too as a wider allegory, a discourse on a politics of greed, dis-entitlement, deregulation and social brutality that has run quite mad.’ Stephen Fry

‘It is with the highest confidence that I recommend this book, with particularity, to those Members of Congress who remain committed to making access to life saving care far too difficult for far too many people. It is my fondest hope that they might laugh their way to the education they so sorely require.’ Rick Ungar

‘Lynn tackles the US healthcare system in satirical splendour. I laughed out loud. It is both hilarious and scary at the same time! Nobody does it better.’ Barbara Broccoli

'There is reason to believe Jonathan Lynn was not born in the US and, while probably not a spy, he has spent some little time observing Americans in the wild. His observations are not always flattering—he’s talking Big Medicine, Big Insurance, Big Business and their cousin, Small Ethics—but he certainly seems to have our number. Samaritans is smart, dark, and very, very funny. Stay healthy, America!' Michael McKean

Samaritans does for hospitals what Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One did for cemeteries. The book is laugh-aloud funny, but also deadly serious--because it deals with the lethal effect profit-minded health care can have on patient lives...I haven't read satire this hilarious and powerful since Riotous Assembly, the late Tom Sharpe's indictment of apartheid in South Africa. This is essential reading for anyone who has a body and wants to keep it alive.' M.G Lord

‘Comedy politically and socially important as is it is entertaining.’ Muriel Gray

Jonathan Lynn
is the multi-award winning author of The Complete Yes Minister and The Complete Yes, Prime Minister, both drawn from the phenomenally successful BBC series which he created and wrote with Antony Jay, and which sold more than a million copies in hardback. They have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later. Other writing: a novel Mayday, a play The Patriotic Traitor and a memoir Comedy Rules. His films as director include Clue, Nuns on the Run (both of which he wrote), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman and The Whole Nine Yards. Numerous writing awards include a BAFTA and a Special Award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.
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150 essential rules from the award-winning co-writer of Yes Minster and Yes Prime Minister, Hollywood movie director, producer, novelist and actor. A host of hugely enjoyable examples drawn from Lynn's varied and successful career bring these rules to life, covering everything from inspiration, collaboration and the Seven Deadly Sins to the perils of unmotivated comic business, pitching screenplays in LA, sexist jokes and lunch with the Inland Revenue. Along the way, we meet a cast of luminaries including Leonard Rossiter, John Landis, Nigel Hawthorne, Paul Eddington, Jack Rosenthal and Jonathan's long-time co-writer, Antony Jay. As we travel with him from his first digs in Coventry to the sushi bars of Hollywood, Comedy Rules offers an enlightening journey into the world of comedy and an indispensible companion to the elusive art of its creation.

Jonathan Lynn interview (optional English subtitles)

Jonathan Lynn interview (optional English subtitles)

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    •Jonathan Dale Coffman, 43, Hermiston, pleaded guilty to DUII-felony; sentenced to 9 months Oregon Dept. of Corrections, 2 years post-prison supervision, $1,940 fine, $60 unitary assessment, $700 attorney fees-waived and lifetime revocation of driver's

  • Friday roundup: Oliver Ames beats Whitman-Hanson in boys' basketball

    Everett 79, Lynn English 77 — Jonathan Casseus sank two free throws with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter to seal the Crimson Tide's win. Senior Gary Clark netted 26 points to power Everett's offense. St. John's Prep 57, East Boston 56


Jonathan Lynn's CLUE (1985) Noon at the Nitehawk Cinema. @nitehawkcinema 02/28/15, @NitrateStock
This weekend, the theater company #Secondavolta presents a comedy of Jonathan Lynn at #TeatroLumièreFirenze. 02/28/15, @FlorenceIsYou
@mrjonathanlynn Jonathan Lynn Why #isis blindly obey their #extremist #imams? 02/28/15, @IslamRevisited8


  • Lynn's Pork Tenderloin Recipe

    pork chops, eggs, ritz cracker, corn flakes, flour, seasoning, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, lowfat milk, mozzarella cheese


  • Comedy Rules

    Faber & Faber. 2011. ISBN: 9780571277971,0571277977. 208 pages.

    Jonathan Lynn's credits include creating and co-writing the long-running comedy series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, as well as hit films Clue, My Cousin Vinny, Nuns on the Run and The Whole Nine Yards. With experience as a comedy actor, writer and director, here Jonathan Lynn shares valuable and hilarious lessons in all aspects of creating great comedy, all illustrated with brilliantly insightful and revealing anecdotes about his work and the legedary actors, writers and comedians he's worked alongside.


Jonathan Lynn - Official Site

Writer of Yes Prime Minister and Director of many films including My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards and Clue.

Jonathan Lynn - IMDb

Jonathan Lynn, Writer: Clue. Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay created and wrote every episode of the acclaimed BBC political comedy series Yes Minister (1980) and Yes ...

Jonathan Lynn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jonathan Lynn (born 3 April 1943) is an English stage and film director, producer, writer, and actor. He is known for directing comedy films such as Nuns on the Run ...

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