CROWD OF OVER 300 AT THE ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL EVENT
A nearly full King’s Hall audience enjoyed hearing a detailed discussion of the recently published memoir, Priestley at Kissing Tree House. The memoir , written by J.B. Priestley’s long serving personal secretary, Rosalea Batten in 1986 was published this summer by Great Northern Books.
The panel of comedy writing legend and friend of Priestley, Barry Cryer, daughter of Rosalea, Sophie Fyson, and Society Chairman, Lee Hanson revealed how it came to be published 32 years after its composition and explored many aspects of the book’s content. Barry Cryer told a wonderful story of his first visit to Priestley’s home with the cast of Monty Python. The event ended with some excellent questions from the audience followed by signings of the memoir by Sophie Fyson and Barry Cryer.
THE PRIESTLEY BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON A HUGE SUCCESS
Barry Cryer regaled those assembled with tales of meetings with his friend J.B. Priestley at the Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford. Members of the Society enjoyed good food and good company.
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Memoir by J.B. Priestley’s Personal Secretary Also Published
Along with new editions of four of J.B. Priestley’s finest novels, a remarkable memoir written 32 years ago by Priestley’s personal secretary, Rosalea Batten has also been released. This exciting and very significant publication has been published by Great Northern Books with the assistance of the J. B. Priestley Society and is endorsed by the Priestley Estate and the writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie. The memoir reveals many up to now hidden details of the private and personal life of this great author. It is a must read for any Priestley fan as well as anyone interested in the routines and daily life of a famous and celebrated author.
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New Editions of Four Priestley Novels Arriving in June 2018
This June will see the republication of four of Priestley’s finest novels by Great Northern Books. New editions of The Good Companions (1929), Angel Pavement (1930), Bright Day (1946) and Lost Empires (1965) will be available in paperback and also in limited edition hardback. All are enhanced with introductions and additional content.
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