Theatre director Peter Brook reflects in title for Nick Hern

Theatre director Peter Brook reflects in title for Nick Hern

Theatre publisher Nick Hern Books is to release Tip of the Tongue: Reflections on Language and Meaning by theatre-maker Peter Brook, described by the Independent as "our greatest living theatre director".

In Tip of the Tongue, Brook takes a "charming, playful and wise" look at topics such as the subtle yet telling differences between French and English, and the many levels on which we can appreciate the works of Shakespeare. Brook also revisits his seminal concept of the "empty space", considering how theatre – and the world – has changed over the span of his career. Threaded throughout with "intimate and revealing" stories from Brook’s own life, Tip of the Tongue is a "short but sparkling gift from one of the greatest artists of our time", the publisher said.

Nick Hern, publisher at Nick Hern Books, said: "Ever since his famous 1970 ‘white box’ Dream, I have been somewhat in awe of Peter Brook, a feeling that hardly faded even when I became his publisher in 1988. Often his books appeared first in the US, but with The Quality of Mercy in 2013 and, now, Tip of the Tongue, I have had the enormous privilege of originating the books with him.

"Tip of the Tongue is a charming constellation of slivers of wisdom and humour, very much from the perspective of a 92-year-old artist of genius who has seen much and achieved more than most."

The publisher holds world English language rights to the title, which will be published in paperback, priced at £7.99, on 3rd August.