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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
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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