TWO IMPORTANT NEW PUBLICATIONS: TIME AND THE ROSE GARDEN AND THE TOWN MAJOR OF MIRAUCOURT
TIME AND THE ROSE GARDEN
In his new book Time and the Rose Garden – Encountering the Magical in the life and works of J B Priestley, author and Society Member Anthony Peake reassesses the plays and novels. In doing so he argues that Priestley should be recognised as one of the most prescient of all mid-century playwrights, and that his ideas on time, consciousness and mortality can be found in hugely popular blockbusters such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Deja Vu, Sliding Doors, Butterfly Effect and many others.The book is being published in paperback and e-book by OBooks Spirituality on 26 January 2018. It can be pre-ordered on the publisher’s website: www.o-books.com/books/time-rose-garden, or from any bookshop.
NB Anthony Peake will have an article in the Society’s forthcoming Journal.
THE TOWN MAJOR OF MIRAUCOURT
This short story of 1930 is to be re-issued, by Turnpike Books, the small London publisher which has already published (in 2014) a collection of Priestley stories entitled What a Life! The original publication of The Town Major was limited to a vellum-bound Edition of 525 copies, signed and in a slip-case, and is very hard to find. It was also included in the 1934 collection of many of Priestley’s early works, Four-in-Hand; and parts of it in Priestley’s Wars. The story is based on JBP’s own experiences towards the end of World War I.
Now, on December 1st 2017, Turnpike are re-publishing it as a paperback at £5 through Amazon, whose website already features the announcement. It has been re-set with great clarity to 64 pages. A lovely little Christmas present, available online from Amazon, but also stocked by Waterstones, Salts Mill (Bradford) and the Imperial War Museum.