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    Description'I'll put you in my diary!' comedian Kenneth Williams was known to threaten on occasion, although tantalisingly he kept the journal to himself during his lifetime. Here at last, in one spellbinding volume, are four million words of it. For more than forty years, from his sixteenth birthday until the eve of his unexpected death in 1988, the beloved actor and outrageous 'Carry On' star Kenneth Williams kept a candid diary. Devastatingly honest about himself, he is equally unsparing in his verdicts on his fellow man. In his descriptions of Tony Hancock, Maggie Smith, Joe Orton and countless others, his waspish sense of humour, love of anecdote and ear for dialogue are given full rein. Malicious, hilarious and harrowing, 'The Kenneth Williams Diaries' are a unique portrait of one of Britain's most popular - and most misunderstood - performers.


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    Title
    The Kenneth Williams Diaries
    Authors and contributors
    Volume editor Russell Davies, Original author Kenneth Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 864
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780006380900
    ISBN 10: 0006380905
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: BGFA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1A
    BIC subject category V2: APW
    DC20: 791.092
    BIC subject category V2: APF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: B-442, B-961
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    Thema V1.0: ATL, ATF, DNBF1
    Illustrations note
    24pp b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    13 June 1994
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Russell Davies, editor of 'The Kenneth Williams Diaries', is a journalist and broadcaster who has worked as a newspaper columnist and critic and presented numerous programmes on BBC Radio. He is also the editor of 'The Kenneth Williams Letters'.
    Review quote
    'Annihilatingly honest...fascinating...these diaries cast a bizarre spell. They appeal, they delight, and now and then do both at once.' Independent 'Caustically compelling.' Time Out 'Unputdownable...with the appeal of eavesdropping on the conversation of a unique personality.' Financial Times 'Hilarious anecdotes abound.' What's On
    Review text
    Irritated by a fellow performer or producer, Kenneth Williams would snap: 'I'll put you in my Diary'. No idle threat: very few people - even his most loyal friends - escape a whipping in these 800 or so pages of waspish (often very funny) vituperation. The diaries provide fascinating glimpses of a host of stars, including Ingrid Bergman, Richard Burton, Tony Hancock; but above all are an absorbing full-length portrait of an obsessive, sad, self-hating man. (Kirkus UK)