Diary of a Somebody

Diary of a Somebody

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  • Author: Brian Bilston
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1529005574
  • Category : Fiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 288

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2019, Diary of a Somebody is a unique mix of poetry and diary by the unofficial Poet Laureate of Twitter, the enigmatic Brian Bilston. 'If you like a) laughing or b) words which rhyme with each other, you will love Brian Bilston' - Richard Osman, author of The Thursday Murder Club ‘Nobody must find out about this unique gem, because I’m giving it to EVERYONE, and I want to appear clever and discerning.’ – Dawn French It’s January 1st and Brian Bilston’s life needs to change. His ex-wife has taken up with a new man, a motivational speaker and marketing guru to boot; he seems to constantly disappoint his long-suffering son; and at work he is drowning in a sea of spreadsheets and management jargon. Brian's resolution is to write a poem every day; poetry will be his salvation. But there is an obstacle to his happiness in the form of Toby Salt, his arch nemesis in the Poetry Group and rival suitor to Liz, Brian’s new poetic inspiration. When Toby goes missing, Brian is the number one suspect. Part tender love story, part suburban murder mystery, part coruscating description of a wasted life, and interspersed with some of the funniest poems about the mundane and the profound, Diary of a Somebody is a unique, original and hilarious novel. ‘Glorious. I will be astonished if I read a more original, more inventive or funnier novel this year.’ – Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt.


Diary Poetics

Diary Poetics

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  • Author: Anna Jackson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1000155544
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 186

The diary is a genre that is often thought of as virtually formless, a "capacious hold-all" for the writer’s thoughts, and as offering unmediated access to the diarist’s true self. Focusing on the diaries of Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Joe Orton, John Cheever, and Sylvia Plath, this book looks at how six very different professional writers have approached the diary form with its particular demands and literary potential. As a sequence of separate entries the diary is made up of both gaps and continuities, and the different ways diarists negotiate these aspects of the diary form has radical effects on how their diaries represent both the world and the biographical self. The different published editions of the diaries by Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath show how editorial decisions can construct sometimes startlingly different biographical portraits. Yet all diaries are constructed, and all diary constructions depend on how the writer works with the diary form.


John Betjeman

John Betjeman

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  • Author: William S. Peterson
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198184034
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 542

Provides information on the works of British author John Betjeman (1906-1984), compiled by Steve Phillips. Includes photographs, a bibliography, a FAQ section, online texts, and a description of the Betjeman Society. Links to related sites.


Joe Orton

Joe Orton

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  • Author: Francesca Coppa
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780815336273
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 181

A profile of the British playwright accompanies an analysis of his major plays and their themes.


Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears

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  • Author: John Lahr
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1453288759
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 360

This mesmerizing story of playwright and author Joe Orton’s brief and remarkable life was named book of the year by Truman Capote and Nobel Prize–winning novelist Patrick White Told with precision and extensive detail, Prick Up Your Ears is the engrossing biography of playwright and novelist Joe Orton. Orton’s public career spanned only three years (1964–1967), but his work made a lasting mark on the international stage. From Entertaining Mr. Sloane to his career-making Loot, Orton’s plays often shocked, sometimes outraged, and always captivated audiences with their dark yet farcical cynicism. A rising star and undeniable talent, Orton left much undone when he was bludgeoned to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who had educated Orton and also dreamed of becoming a famous writer. Prick Up Your Ears was the basis for the distinguished 1987 film of the same name, directed by Stephen Frears, with a screenplay by Alan Bennett, and starring Gary Oldman and Vanessa Redgrave. A brilliant, page-turning examination of the dueling forces behind Orton’s work, Prick Up Your Ears secured the playwright’s reputation as a great twentieth-century artist.


For the Gay Stage

For the Gay Stage

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  • Author: Drewey Wayne Gunn
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476628939
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 208

Previous surveys of the gay theatrical repertoire have concentrated on plays produced on Broadway or in London’s West End. This comprehensive guide goes well beyond these earlier studies by introducing productions from Off Broadway, from regional theaters in the U.S. and U.K., and from Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Also included are Puerto Rican, Indian and Filipino plays written in English, as well as translations from other languages. Well over half of the works discussed here appear for the first time in such a study.


The Book Lover's Guide to London

The Book Lover's Guide to London

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  • Author: Sarah Sarah Milne
  • Publisher: White Owl
  • ISBN: 1399001175
  • Category : Travel
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 136

Many of the greatest names in literature have visited or made their home in the colorful and diverse metropolis of London. From Charles Dickens to George Orwell, Virginia Woolf to Bernadine Evaristo, London’s writers have bought the city to life through some of the best known and loved stories and characters in fiction. This book takes you on an area-by-area journey through London to discover the stories behind the stories told in some of the most famous novels, plays and poems written in, or about, the city. * Find out which poet almost lost one of his most important manuscripts in a Soho pub. * Discover how Graham Greene managed to survive the German bomb that destroyed his Clapham home. * Climb down the dingy steps from London Bridge to Thames path below and imagine how it felt to be Nancy trying to save Oliver Twist, only to then meet her own violent death. * Drink in same pub Bram Stoker listened to the ghost stories that inspired Dracula, the plush drinking house where Noel Coward performed, and the bars and cafes frequented by modern writers. * Tour the locations where London’s writers, and their characters lived, worked, played, loved, lost and died. This is the first literature guide to London to be fully illustrated with beautiful color photographs throughout the book. This unique book can be used a guidebook on a physical journey through London, or as a treasury of fascinating, often obscure tales and information for book lovers to read wherever they are.


Oversight Investigation of the Small Business Administration

Oversight Investigation of the Small Business Administration

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  • Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking and Currency. Subcommittee on Small Business
  • Publisher:
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  • Category :
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 599


Eric's Travel Diary

Eric's Travel Diary

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  • Author: Louise Schofield
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes
  • ISBN: 9781869614973
  • Category : Readers (Primary)
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 32

Oh no! Eric doesn't know how he's going to survive a trek though Nepal with his mum ' He HATES walking anywhere and can't imagine FOUR WHOLE WEEKS without TV! But with the help of their porter Dilip, Eric soon discovers the magic of the Himalayas ' and suddenly life without TV doesn't seem so bad.


London Theatre Record

London Theatre Record

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  • Category : English drama
  • Languages : en
  • Pages :