This contains both volumes of Osborne's autobiography. I bought it over the internet and regretted not buying them separately as this edition is like a brick with very small print. That grumble aside, however, the books themselves were both brilliant and fun. Volume one goes up until the time of Osborne's first success with 'Look Back In Anger' in 1956, and contains a lot of pretty funny misadventures as an actor in a touring company, as well as some more moving reminiscences of his father, who died at an early age. Volume two concentrates on his ten years of incredible success, with a little bit about the inevitable fall from grace at the end. Osborne is very harsh on many people, including his own mother and his fourth wife, actress Jill Bennett, but this did seem to come from his uncompromising insistence on telling the truth no matter how unpleasant, rather than mere vindictiveness for the sake of it. And he DOES speak well of some people, most notably George Devine. Osborne has an impressively venomous vocabulary, inimitable turn of phrase, and plenty of great stories to tell. Highly recommended, not just to those interested in British theatre, but to anyone interested in England during the post-war period or, indeed, to anyone who appreciates great writing.
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