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'The Kenneth Williams Diaries'
Edited by Russell Davies
HarperCollins 1994, large softcover, 827 pages, photographs.
In good condition, owner name frontpage, all pages clean.

'I'll put you in my diary!' comedian Kenneth Williams was known to threaten on occasion, although tantalisingly he kept the journal to himself during his lifetime.

Here at last, in one spellbinding volume, are four million words of it. For more than forty years, from his sixteenth birthday until the eve of his unexpected death in 1988, the beloved actor and outrageous 'Carry On' star Kenneth Williams kept a candid diary.

Devastatingly honest about himself, he is equally unsparing in his verdicts on his fellow man. In his descriptions of Tony Hancock, Maggie Smith, Joe Orton and countless others, his waspish sense of humour, love of anecdote and ear for dialogue are given full rein.

This huge volume contains a shatteringly witty man, day in and day out, for decades. 'The Kenneth Williams Diaries' are a unique portrait of one of Britain's most popular - and most misunderstood - performers.

"Compulsively readable, I find this book un-putdownable. Kenneth Williams was a British actor and comedian of the 50s, 60s and 70s with an acute intelligence and a unique gift for comedy. He was gay, and for many years of his working life homosexuality was illegal. He was widely read, inventive and gifted at ad-libbing and eventually earned a living on chat shows and panel games. He had many friends in the theatre who obviously enjoyed his company. His writing is as funny and perceptive as you'd expect from his public persona, revealing the surreal in the ordinary. But the diary also reveals a man with a dark side, someone who never found a way of living that made him happy. He was tortured by guilt over his sexual feelings, constantly making contradictory statements and apparently trying to persuade himself he was above all that. Sadly, he took his own life. As a warts and all portrait, this is unequalled." ~Amazon
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