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Books by JB Priestley

  • An Inspector Calls

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: AADUG
    Paperback 14 years +
    Written by English novelist, playwright, scriptwriter and broadcaster, J.B. Priestley. First produced in 1946, An Inspector Calls went on to become a major film in 2015 and won an award for Best Single Drama at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2016.

    It is Priestley's most famous play, in which he demonstrates the horrid consequences of poverty and inequality whilst sustaining a gripping detective thriller storyline.

    The other plays include Time and the Conways and I Have Been Here Before, which explore the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will. Meanwhile, The Linden Tree challenges preconceived ideas of history and how life should be after the war.
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  • An Inspector Calls the Graphic Novel

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: ABZZD
    Paperback
    The classic novel brought to life in full colour. A respectable household is shocked when a strange man visits them shortly after dinner and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies.
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  • The Roundabout

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BVOET
    Paperback
    "Communism's all right for a gentleman like yourself, but you'll get over it." The Kettlewells are a dysfunctional family. Richard is a charming old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both unexpectedly arrive; and his butler has a big win at the races.
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  • Delight

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BUUDH
    Hardback
    In the years following the Second World War, there didn't seem much to smile about, but as JB Priestley illustrated in the classic 1949 Delight, there are many joys to be found in even the simplest things. This charming book comprises a series of short essays, which all depict a simple pleasure - the smallest things in life that Priestley delighted in at that bleak time - a notion that chimes perfectly with the current national mood. Just some of the simple things Priestley enjoyed include; fountains; a walk in a pine wood; a new box of matches; Sunday papers in the country; reading in bed about foul weather; suddenly doing nothing and waking to smell bacon. A very personal book, it is superbly written and very readable with Priestley's sense of humour and literary flare in evidence on every page. Each self-contained essay is a joy to read and will no doubt bring a little `delight' to the reader - just as Priestley originally intended seventy years ago. In `timeless mornings' Priestley muses, `There is one kind of morning in early summer that is for me very special, the most delightful of all mornings. The sun is up and blazing somewhere but not visible yet down here, where there is a lot of gold mist about and the birds are singing from lost thickets.' The new 70th anniversary edition of Delight contains the full, unabridged text of over one hundred of Priestley's personal joys and pleasures, and includes an introduction written by Priestley's son, Tom. It will be beautifully designed and printed, making an ideal gift book.
  • Delight

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BTZIO
    Hardback
    In the years following the Second World War, there didn't seem much to smile about, but as JB Priestley illustrated in the classic 1949 Delight, there are many joys to be found in even the simplest things. This charming book comprises a series of short essays, which all depict a simple pleasure - the smallest things in life that Priestley delighted in at that bleak time - a notion that chimes perfectly with the current national mood. Just some of the simple things Priestley enjoyed include; fountains; a walk in a pine wood; a new box of matches; Sunday papers in the country; reading in bed about foul weather; suddenly doing nothing and waking to smell bacon. A very personal book, it is superbly written and very readable with Priestley's sense of humour and literary flare in evidence on every page. Each self-contained essay is a joy to read and will no doubt bring a little `delight' to the reader - just as Priestley originally intended seventy years ago. In `timeless mornings' Priestley muses, `There is one kind of morning in early summer that is for me very special, the most delightful of all mornings. The sun is up and blazing somewhere but not visible yet down here, where there is a lot of gold mist about and the birds are singing from lost thickets.' The new 70th anniversary edition of Delight contains the full, unabridged text of over one hundred of Priestley's personal joys and pleasures, and includes an introduction written by Priestley's son, Tom. It will be beautifully designed and printed, making an ideal gift book.
  • English Journey

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BSBSZ
    Paperback
    In 1934, JB Priestley published an account of his journey through England from Southampton to the Black Country, to the North East and Newcastle, to Norwich and home. In capturing and describing an English landscape and people hitherto unseen in literature of its kind, he influenced the thinking and attitudes of an entire generation and helped formulate a public consensus for change that led to the formation of the welfare state. Prophetic, profound, humorous and as relevant today as it was nearly 80 years ago, English Journey expresses Priestley's deep love of his native country and teaches us much about the human condition and the nature of Englishness.
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  • Angel Pavement

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BPWTZ
    Paperback
    Angel Pavement is one of the great London novels. First published in 1930, it is a social panorama of the city of London seen largely through the eyes of the employees of the firm Twigg & Dersingham, on the first floor of No. 8, Angel Pavement (a small cul-de-sac in the heart of London's commercial district). Angel Pavement provides readers with a vivid picture of ordinary London life before the war and the blitz changed everything dramatically and is set against the background of the great depression. The story centres on the arrival of a mysterious Mr. Golspie from the Baltic region. Business at the firm has been struggling but Mr. Golspie looks set to change its fortunes. His arrival turns life upside down for everyone connected with the firm, but all is not what it seems with Mr. Golspie...
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  • Bright Day

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BPWNR
    Paperback
    Disillusioned scriptwriter Gregory Dawson is holed up in a Cornish hotel writing a script he must finish. A chance encounter in the bar sends him back in time to the doomed world of his youth before the slaughter of The First World War. Caught in his own past Dawson recounts his time within the closeknit Yorkshire community in which he came of age and the magic circle of the Alington family, in whose company he spent his happiest days. As this forgotten time takes on a new shape he slowly realises that to have any chance of a bright future he must first exorcise the tragic ghost of his past. ADDITIONAL CONTENT This new edition provides additional information about Priestley's background and his inspiration for the novel. It includes biographical detail which incorporates a `literary tour' of Bruddersford (the imaginary setting for the book based on Priestley's home town of Bradford.) In this way, it places the novel in a biographical and geographical context adding extra layers of interest for readers. In the author's own words, `Bright Day is crammed with profoundly autobiographical material.' Priestley's Bradford comes alive and glows.
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  • Lost Empires

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BPWNM
    Paperback
    In the months before the First World War, Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle's illusionist act on the Music Hall stage where he comes into contact with larger than life, garish and outrageous characters. Both funny and sad, Lost Empires tells of a young man's awakening to the world of love and sex, and is also a richly coloured portrait of a dying world of theatre and of lives and a society that the Great War would soon change irrevocably. Received with rave reviews when first published in 1965, this Priestley classic was later made into a major television series starring Colin Firth. Priestley delivers a captivating and authentic snapshot of a fascinating period in theatre history whilst creating a social drama with believable and absorbing characterisation.
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  • An Inspector Calls

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BERBD
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    The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised...Toby Jones, David Calder, Frances Barber and Morven Christie are amongst the cast in this BBC Radio 4 production from 2010. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors. 2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.
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  • Laburnum Grove

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: BBXRK
    Paperback
    "A neglected early comedy from one of Britain's greatest dramatists, J. B. Priestley. Ferndale, Laburnum Grove. A quiet, residential address in one of the newer North London suburbs. George Radfern, decent, respectable citizen and householder spends his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse, listening to Handel on the wireless. But when his grasping in-laws and daughter's obnoxious beau try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession. An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle-class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality."
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  • An Inspector Calls The Graphic Novel

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: ABZZE
    Paperback
    The full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. A respectable household is shocked when a strange man visits them shortly after dinner and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies.
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