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Book Title: Peter Smart's Confessions|
The author of the book: Paul Bailey
ISBN 13: 9780224013581
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Edition: Jonathan Cape, Ltd
Date of issue: May 26th 1977
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Peter Smart is a man with a highly developed sense of his own inadequacy - a gentle person whose self-induced confession of his past failures gradually but perceptibly evolves into a grotesque portrait gallery of the extraordinary people who have always surrounded him.
As he sits down to bare his soul, he finds, to his surprise, that it is these other personalities who fascinate and command the stage. In youth he has been flanked by a virago of a mother, aptly dubbed by her in-laws as ‘mouth and trousers’; by mother’s decrepit paramour, Dr Leonard Cottie, author of the astonishingly boring With Stethoscope and Scalpel; his ‘brownish’ grandmother, who, cosily reeking of beer and tobacco, chuckles over ‘penny dreadfulls’ like Ainslie Gritter’s The Fatal Cup of Cocoa.
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Read information about the authorBritish writer and Literary Fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities (1972-74), he was Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at the North Dakota State University (1977-79). He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award in 1974 and in 1978 he won the George Orwell Prize for his essay "The Limitations of Despair", first published in The Listener magazine.
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