The Good Companions

The Good Companions

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Three unhappy characters, Jess Oakroyd, Miss Trant and Inigo Jollifant flee from their old lives to seek adventure on the open road. Fate brings them together and the find themselves in the company of a failing theatrical touring company. Together they decide to save the group and pooling their money and skills they set off on an unforgettable tour of the pavilions and provincial theatres of England.
When first published The Good Companions won The James Tate Black Memorial Prize for fiction and became a huge best-seller. Vigorous, optimistic and at times supremely comic it is also an exploration of English life, reaching deep
into the decaying towns, dingy seaside lodging houses, market fairs and fading traditions of the 1920s. An England
Priestley knew better than any other author of his day.
This new paperback edition (the first in over twenty years) comes with forewords by Dame Judi Dench, Barry Cryer and Tom Priestley; a biographical background and an exploration of the book's major screen and stage adaptations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 584 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Ilkley, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1912101971
  • 9781912101979

About J. B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) was one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century. Pre-eminently a dramatist, novelist and social commentator many of his works have become literary classics, among them The Good Companions, Angel Pavement, An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways. His plays have been translated and performed all over the world and many have been filmed. During the Second World War his regular Sunday night Postscript radio talks attracted audiences of up to 15 million listeners. It was said that he was as popular and as important as Churchill in shoring up the nation's morale and in offering a vision of a better world to come.
He was also a founder member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a champion of public lending rights and
represented the UK at two UNESCO conferences.
In literary, social and political terms he was very much the last great man of English letters
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