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Appreciating Angel Pavement

One of J.B. Priestley’s finest novels is back in print again!

Cover of Angel Pavement, Great Northern Books

Cover of Angel Pavement, Great Northern Books

J.B. Priestley’s talent for evoking the atmosphere of a city is never better shown than in Angel Pavement, his follow-up to the huge success of The Good Companions.  He brings 1930s London to life for us.  The novel also shows  Priestley’s deep understanding of human nature and organisations and his concern about unfettered capitalism, as he explores the effects of the predatory Mr Golspie on the staff of the struggling veneers company Twigg and Dersingham.

Great Northern Books, who have already reprinted many essential Priestley works, now make this superb novel available in print again.    Find out more on the J.B. Priestley Society website.

Priestley in the Post

Lee Hanson, the chairman of the J.B. Priestley Society and editor of the Great Northern Rediscovering Priestley series, talks about his Yorkshire favourites in the Yorkshire Post My Yorkshire feature, 10 October 2009.  JBP gets several mentions of course!

Dozens and dozens of Delights …

114 delights in total in Priestley’s 1949 essay collection of simple pleasures, now re-issued by Great Northern.  Along with Modern Delight, its celebrity-penned update, it has been extensively reviewed and discussed this autumn …

Brian Viner in the Independent 5 September 2009 reflects on “The sound of a football”.

“From frost to frogspawn” Yorkshire Post 8 September 2009.

“Yorkshire relish” Mike Amos in the Northern Echo 9 September 2009.

Radio 4 Today interviewed Tom Priestley and Alexei Sayle, one of the contributors to Modern Delight, 9 September 2009.

“Life’s little delights” Daily Mail 10 September 2009.

“Uncommon readings: delightful prose from a grumbler” David Robinson in the Scotsman 12 September 2009.

“The simplest of delights …” India Knight (a contributor to Modern Delight) in the Sunday Times 13 September 2009.

“Delights by the dozen” Jim Greenhalf in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus 5 October 2009.

Review by Lisa O’Kelly in the Observer 27 September 2009.

Priestley’s Journey to Birmingham, Newcastle, Isle of Wight …

More Priestley events nationwide!

Birmingham Book Festival. Friday 23 October. 7pm, Birmingham Conservatoire. Tom Priestley, JB’s son, will be joined by writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, author of the bestselling Pies and Prejudice, to discuss English Journey. Tickets £5, book via the web page for the event.

Tyneside Museum. Tuesday 27 October, 6pm, Tyneside Museum in Newcastle.  Join Tom Priestley and Newcastle University professor, John Tomaney, who will discuss how the North East chapters in English Journey relate to modern Tyneside. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance either by phoning Janette Murphy on 0191 277 2307 or 0191 232 6789 or emailing janette.murphy@twmuseums.org.uk.

Seely Hall, Brook, Isle of Wight. 31 October 2009, 7-9 pm. Tom Priestley will share memories and show a film about JBP, who lived in Brook during the 1950s. Tickets £2.50 in advance (none sold on the door) ring 07784 733920 or email brookvillagehistory@yahoo.co.uk.

Double Delights

The Priestley renaissance continues: two delightful, dippable collections of essays perfect for commuter reads or as Christmas gifts …

Cover of 2009 Delight

Cover of 2009 Delight

1. Another welcome Priestley edition from Great Northern Books: a 60th anniversary reissue of “Delight“, Priestley’s 1949 celebration of simple pleasures, including fountains, smoking in a hot bath, “Not Going”, and, the Special Collections staff favourite, “Quietly Malicious Chairmanship”.  Some of Priestley’s best-known, funniest, and most enjoyable writings.

2. Priestley’s “Delight” inspired a new collection of “funny, intimate and inspiring essays from an eclectic selection of some of our best loved authors, entertainers and national treasures on what brings them delight”, including Michael Palin, Kate Mosse, Nick Hornby, Stephen Fry, Sebastian Faulks, Lynne Truss, Wendy Cope, Jo Brand, Jeremy Paxman,Vince Cable and Beryl Bainbridge.  “Modern Delight” is published by Faber and proceeds go to two charities devoted to encouraging the delight of reading: Dyslexia Action and the London Library.

Article about Delight in the Daily Mail, 10 September.

Interview with Tom Priestley and Alexei Sayle, Radio 4 Today programme.

Priestley’s Journey continues

As already mentioned in several blog posts this year, the 75th anniversary edition of J.B. Priestley’s “English Journey” (Great Northern Books) is attracting plenty of interest around the country.

Nottingham Evening Post Tuesday 4 August Stewed tea, football, and Goose Fair.

The Press (York) Saturday 25 July

Bradford Telegraph and Argus Saturday 15 August and Friday 24 July

Leicester Mercury Tuesday 25 August Priestley’s views on hunting, what he considered to be Leicester’s lack of atmosphere, and slipper problems.

Yorkshire Post 12 September. Revisiting Priestley’s Bradford.

There have also been reviews in the Eastern Daily Press (Norwich), Lincolnshire Echo, Evening Post (Bristol), and Lancashire Evening Post, and 5 London magazines: Angel, Resident, Grove, Clapham, and Northside.

English Journeying – Birmingham and Newcastle

More events celebrating the 75th anniversary edition of English Journey:

Tom Priestley and Stuart Maconie at the Birmingham Book Festival 23 October 2009

Discovery Museum Newcastle on 27 October 2009. The details aren’t yet on their website, will post link when available.