J. M. Barrie, Victorian novelist, playwright, and author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, led a life almost as magical and interesting as as his famous creation. Childless in his marriage, Barrie grew close to the five young boys of the Llewelyn Davies family, ultimately becoming their guardian and devoted surrogate father when they were orphaned. Andrew Birkin draws extensively on a vast range of material by and about Barrie, including notebooks, memoirs, and hours of recorded interviews with the family and their circle, to describe Barrie’s life and the wonderful world he created for the boys.
Originally published in 1979, this enchanting and richly illustrated account is reissued with a new preface to mark the release of Neverland, the film of Barrie’s life, and the upcoming centenary of Peter Pan.
“A psychological thriller . . . one of the year’s most complex and absorbing biographies.”—Gerald Clarke, Time
“A terrible and fascinating story.”—Eve Auchincloss, Washington Post
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Andrew Birkin has written many screenplays, including The Name of the Rose with Alain Godard and The Story of Joan of Arc with Luc Besson. He is currently writing the script for Patrick Suskind’s Perfume.
"Mr. Birkin writes that he has tried to create ‘a documentary account,’ not an interpretive biography. He offers such a wealth of firsthand information that the book holds up 25 years after it was first published (it was reissued last year) and becomes a rich complement to the film. Beautifully designed, the book reproduces letters and diary entries from Barrie and his circle, as well as dozens of photographs."—Caryn James, New York Times
"His most acute biographer, Andrew Birkin, whose, J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys, has been granted a timely reissue. [It] digs up some astounding entries from Barrie’s private notebooks. Some are composed in the third person, as jottings toward a possible novel."—Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A psychological thriller . . . one of the year’s most complex and absorbing biographies."—Gerald Clarke, Time
"A terrible and fascinating story."—Eve Auchincloss, Washington Post
"The best biography [of Barrie] is Andrew Birkin’s."—Cathy Schultz, Daily Southtown (Chicago)
"A definitive study."—New York Daily News
"For an insightful exploration of Barrie and the boys who inspired him, nothing rivals Andrew Birkin’s J.M. Barrie & the Lost Boys."—Norman Allen, Smithsonian Magazine
"[A] landmark biography."—David S. Skipper, Tallahassee Democrat
"The best [biography of Barrie]."—Matt Berman, Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
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Book Description Constable, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Bookseller Inventory # CHL2184578
Book Description Constable, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000995591
Book Description Constable. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2809140301
Book Description Constable. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0094670706 INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON FRONT ENDPAPER! 1st edition illus. paperback contents very good+ clean throughout, cover has mild wear else very good, NO marks! Large books require more International postage. Bookseller Inventory # 091019622
Book Description Constable, 1986. Card Covers. Book Condition: Fairly Good. One crease to front cover 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 015015
Book Description Constable, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Signs of ownership, creases to cover, slight shelf wear and handling, ow clean, tight & bright. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 335 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 10564
Book Description London: Constable, 1986. 1st paperback edition, card covers, 324pp, profusely illustrated in b&w. The story of J M Barrie's involvement as surrogate father to the Llewellyn Davies boys. VG/VG copy. Heavy item, so additional postage costs will be requested of Overseas customers. Bookseller Inventory # 8315
Book Description Constable, 1986. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fair. Used book, with creases to cover and slight bending at corners. Some staining to the very edges of the pages. Bookseller Inventory # 000887
Book Description Constable & Co, London, England, 1986. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Thus. Tells the extraordinary and moving story of Barrie's involvment with the Llewelyn Davies family, to whose brood of five boys he became guardian when their father died. The book is lavishly illustrated (many of the family photographs being taken by Barrie himself), 324 pages. 850 grams. Size: 6.5" x 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003732
Book Description Constable, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Softcover with light wear/creases, previous owner's name on flep, bookstore code in pencil on flep, price in red pen beside ISBN on rear cover. Bookseller Inventory # 007376