Book 0152

The Orton Diaries by Joe Orton

Donated by Kate Bowgett, who says...

Orton was glorious. A boy from Leicester who reinvented himself to become an incendiary razor sharp literary wit. The diaries describe a 60’s London that swings in parts whilst being distinctly drab in others. Partying with the Beatles and then going home to eat tinned sardines. They inspire me to be a bit braver, to use anger to blaze forward, to seize the moment and grab life. But they are also human. As much a memorial to Halliwell, the side-lined partner who beat Orton to death. A reminder that behind every genius there’s someone left at home washing their pants.

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