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Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston

Title Diary of a Somebody
Author Brian Bilston
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Release 2019-06-13
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1529005574
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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 by Anna Jackson

Title Diary Poetics
Author Anna Jackson
Publisher Routledge
Release 2020-08-27
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 186
ISBN 1000155544
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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.

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith

Title The Diary of a Nobody
Author George Grossmith
Publisher Broadview Press
Release 2008-11-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 260
ISBN 1770480560
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

The Diary of a Nobody, the spoof diary of Charles Pooter, a London clerk, first appeared as a book in 1892 and has never been out of print since. The hilariously trivial doings of the accident-prone Pooter, his wife Carrie and their troublesome son Lupin have inspired many writers since, including the authors of Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. The satirical novelist Evelyn Waugh called it “the funniest book in the world.” This enduring classic of Victorian social comedy is now available in a newly edited Broadview edition. This edition includes a critical introduction, comprehensive notes on the many historical allusions in the text, and a wide selection of relevant contemporary materials on the clerk’s life, suburbia, spiritualism, and domestic economy. A selection of Weedon Grossmith’s original illustrations also accompanies the novel.

John Betjeman by William S. Peterson

Title John Betjeman
Author William S. Peterson
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2006
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 542
ISBN 9780198184034
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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 by Francesca Coppa

Title Joe Orton
Author Francesca Coppa
Publisher Psychology Press
Release 2003
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 181
ISBN 9780815336273
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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

Prick Up Your Ears by John Lahr

Title Prick Up Your Ears
Author John Lahr
Publisher Open Road Media
Release 2013-01-22
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 360
ISBN 1453288759
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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 by Drewey Wayne Gunn

Title For the Gay Stage
Author Drewey Wayne Gunn
Publisher McFarland
Release 2017-05-21
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 208
ISBN 1476628939
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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 by Sarah Sarah Milne

Title The Book Lover s Guide to London
Author Sarah Sarah Milne
Publisher White Owl
Release 2022-01-30
Category Travel
Total Pages 136
ISBN 1399001175
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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 by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking and Currency. Subcommittee on Small Business

Title Oversight Investigation of the Small Business Administration
Author United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking and Currency. Subcommittee on Small Business
Release 1973
Total Pages 599
Language English, Spanish, and French

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Eric s Travel Diary by Louise Schofield

Title Eric s Travel Diary
Author Louise Schofield
Publisher Nelson Thornes
Release 2001
Category Readers (Primary)
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9781869614973
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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.