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Jul 26, 2023Liked by Samuel Adamson

We’ve not discussed Restoration or Tremain. The Road Home has a big scene at a major opening night at the Royal Court. On a Sunday. Lousy editing, yes, but..

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by Samuel Adamson

Typically illuminating. Thank you. Shamefully, I have only seen the (very good) film of An Awfully Big Adventure which I recommend highly, not least for Hugh Grant serving notice on what a good actor he is. (Something most critics have only recently caught up with.) Not read (yet) At Freddie’s either by the excellent Fitzgerald.

I am largely allergic to mist backstage adult novels because they tend to get so much badly wrong - the theatre passages in Rose Tremain’s The Road Home are particularly egregious - but have you read Anthony Quinn’s Curtain Call. Set in theatreland in 1930. All the detail is spot on. Terrific book which has been made into a film to be released soon, script by Patrick Marber starring Ian McKellen in the title role of The Critic.

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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Samuel Adamson

Ha! Well I’d read the book first, the film can wait xx

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Jul 24, 2023Liked by Samuel Adamson

OMG you've never read The L Shaped Room, i'm JEALOUS! It's possibly in my top three of all time. there's a wonderful film too that's worth a watch but the book first. I adapted it into a play a few years ago,Lynne is still alive and it was a dream to meet and work with her. She's nearly 90 now I think. Can't wait to discuss. And will definitely read AABA some time soon xx

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I haven't read this book of Bainbridge's, but I did read 'The Bottle Factory Outing' for a writing class a few years ago and found both her writing and the story funny, dark, and a little bit strange...but not in a bad way! Enjoyed your comparisons with Barrie's Peter Pan here. (Incidentally, Pan was the first play I remember seeing at the theatre as a child!)

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