Look Back in Anger
By: John Osborne
This is a play which is perfect for that ‘angry young man’ in your life – you know the fellow – he’s bit of an intellectual whose natural habitat is the café (he’d smoke but his mother won’t let him, so he has double espressos instead), he is fond of intense women who always carry a volume of Virginia Woolf’s diaries in their handbags and who invariably have dandruff, which in turn, invariably surprises him; he is that fellow who will not pass the time of day with small talk preferring instead to insist you read a passage from the book of political philosophy he has with him – the passage is underlined, and is incredible profound, apparently, but to you it seems impenetrable.
Look Back in Anger is perfect for that fellow and for anyone who loves brilliantly written, eternally relevant drama dealing with the frustration youth feels when faced with the seemingly unmoving minds/lives of their elders.
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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.