John Osborne: A Patriot for Us

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John Osborne (1929-1994), unapologetic rebel and original Angry Young Man, changed the face of modern British theatre forever with Look Back in Anger. An actor turned playwright, Osborne was married five times, his private life generating a tumult and drama to match that of his work.

This startlightly candid, authorised but intimate and informal biography is the first to have access to Osborne's own notebooks and private letters, which record for posterity his often anguished nature. It includes personal interviews with scores of his friends and enemies, among them a bombshell of a confession from Osborne's alleged male lover, and the first public comments from his estranged daughter Nolan, who was thrown out of the family home at just sixteen.

This is an essential, unorthodox, moving and extraordinarily frank portrait of the man, the playwright and his era.

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"[Heilpern] writes with infectious verve, championing the plays against carpers and cavillers, and showing how close they were to their creator's raw experience. Above all he celebrates Osborne's cross-grained vitality. His book brings a flesh-and-blood human being back from the shades, shouting, like Jimmy Porter 'Hallelujah! I'm alive!'" (John Carey Sunday Times)

"His biography is surely a model of its kind: tightly written, vivid, witty, knowledgeable and with a seamless, and often moving, interweaving of the past and present" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

"An enjoyable, exhaustive, well-researched and highly readable biography" (Michael Arditti Independent)

"Heilpern has produced a riveting biography - Heilpern orchestrates his complex narrative with flair and contrives to invoke affection in the face of bad behaviour....judicious and dependable" (Valerie Grove The Times)

"Osborne has found his ideal biographer" ( John Banville)

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Compelling, groundbreaking and full of startling revelations, a dazzling, definitive biography of the man who changed the face of British theatre, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Look Back in Anger in May 1956.

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