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Peter Smart\'s Confessions

Peter Smart's Confessions

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The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Reissue to follow up publication of Paul Bailey's new novel Kitty and Virgil. Both 'Peter Smart's Confessions' and 'Gabriel's Lament' were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The eponymous hero of Peter Smart's Confessions, an unhappy husband and none-too-successful actor, is writing after a suicide attempt. Peter's mother, as an actor friend enthusiastically points out, is a comic monster: 'If you put her in a book -- as they say -- no one would believe her... Only Wagner could do her justice.' She's matched by the larger-than-life eccentric, F. Leonard Cottle, randy retired doctor and author of 'With Stethoscope and Scalpel', who employs Peter's mother as housekeeper after her husband dies. Cottle introduces the boy Peter to the facts of life. There are some bravura-satirical set pieces on playwrights, players and critics: the staging and reception of a 'revolutionary' production of Hamlet based on the premise that he was suffering from congenital syphilis, a pointed parody of Eliot's The Cocktail Party.

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Hardback Editions

May 1977 : UK Hardback
Title: Peter Smart's Confessions
Author(s): Paul Bailey
ISBN: 0-224-01358-0 / 978-0-224-01358-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : UK Paperback
Author(s): Paul Bailey
ISBN: 0-00-729277-5 / 978-0-00-729277-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: Peter Smart's Confessions
Author(s): Paul Bailey
ISBN: 1-85702-567-9 / 978-1-85702-567-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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