What A Life!: Selected Short Stories

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From the appearance of the Devil in a provincial theatre, a pair of lovers who test each other s commitment in a department store s lift to three stories depicting the typical Yorkshire man, Mr Hebblethwaite, J. B. Priestley s short stories share the humour, social comment and faith in traditional English values of his novels. Along with Priestley s gift for characterisation and dialogue, What A Life! displays the generosity of spirit, and moral integrity, he showed throughout his life.

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He is the good companion taking the arm of his fellow-men... a born storyteller. --Times Literary Supplement

A principled, popular writer of high quality who was passionate about working people and social justice. --Stuart Maconie

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John Boynton Priestley was born in 1894 in Bradford. He enlisted at the start of WW1 and served until 1917, being wounded several times. After graduating from Cambridge he became a full-time a journalist and critic. Priestley s third novel, The Good Companions , was a sensation on its publication in 1929. He was one of Britain s most popular writers for the rest of his life, as well as a campaigner for social reform. He was awarded the Order of Merit in 1977 and died in 1984.

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