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- "J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th Century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius." Dame Judi Dench
"Priestley is one of the finest and most popular storytellers of the last hundred years. We are now aware many of his stories have a prophetic quality." Dame Margaret Drabble
"Abundant life flows through J.B. Priestley’s books. He was the last of his kind. He produced work of dazzling variety and rich profusion. I still treasure his work and salute the memory of the remarkable man who made it. " Stan Barstow
The J.B. Priestley Society are delighted to announce their latest new title: J.B. Priestley’s Radio & Television Diary.
Launched at the November Social to members the book is now available to all.
JB Priestley’s Radio & Television Diary, subtitled Behind the MIcrophone – In front of the Camera is Alan Day’s third volume in his bibliographical round-up of Priestley’s works. In his introduction Alan modestly quotes Priestley himself along with John Baxendale rather than making his own comments and perhaps mentioning the many hours of research at the British Library which went into the compilation of this volume. Priestley was, of course, something of a literary polymath tackling all sorts of writing apart from poetry. In this book Alan charts the performances of Priestley’s plays and other works (both radio and television) and also the many and various tribute programmes directly addressed to him and the programmes describing journeys by various celebrities taken in homage of his masterpiece English Journey. However, this book is far from being a dry and dusty catalogue of dates and times, many of the entries contain fascinating facts and opinions which add greatly to the interest of this volume. Containing 285 items this book runs to 104 pages and includes a foreword by Priestley’s son, Tom which is far from being the usual formal comment containing, as it does, a number of interesting sidelights on the Priestley family brought to mind by Tom’s reading of the book. This book is a reminder to older readers of Priestley’s wide range of activities very much in the public eye (and ear) for several decades while newer acquaintances will find the book an eye opener.
Copies are available from Rod Slater, General Secretary of the JB Priestley Society at a cost of £9.50 including post and packing.
For your own copy please send your cheque (payable to The J.B. Priestley Society) to Rod Slater at:
6 Massey Brook Lane,
Tel: 01925 752 216