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My Talks with Dean Spanley

(1936)
(Dean Spanley)
A novel by

 
The classic humorous novella about an alcohol-loving clergyman who thinks he is the reincarnation of a dog. Complete with the screenplay and photos from the new film starring Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill. Dean Spanley is the very archetype of a bland churchman: affable, conventional, prudent without being a prig. Only his keen interest in the transmigration of souls and almost excessive enthusiasm for dogs betray any shadow of eccentricity. And then, richly primed with a few glasses of Imperial Tokay, he slips over the threshold between past and present and becomes a dog. Or are his canine memories no more than fancy? Surely no mere dean could speak so vividly, with such total conviction, of the joys of hunting, of rolling in fresh dung, of baying the moon? No human could know so much of rabbiting, the importance of buying bones, the contemptibility of pigs. My Talks With Dean Spanley, first published in 1936, is certainly Lord Dunsany's funniest book and, in its unique way, a remarkable tour de force. Now adapted into a new comedy-drama feature film, DEAN SPANLEY follows a father and son as they encounter the eponymous eccentric in this story of reincarnation and reconciliation set in Edwardian England. Adapted by Alan Sharp (Rob Roy) and directed by New Zealand-born Toa Fraser (No.2), a truly impressive international cast is led by eight-time Academy Award nominee Peter O'Toole (Venus, Lawrence of Arabia) and also features Jeremy Northam (The Winslow Boy, Gosford Park), Bryan Brown (Cocktail, Gorillas in the Mist) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, My Brilliant Career). This special edition includes Lord Dunsany's witty and inventive original novel, as well as Alan Sharp's hilarious screenplay, which faithfully adapts and also expands upon the events in the book. Complete with colour photos and interviews with the principal film-makers, this whimsical, wintry tale about dogs, reincarnation and the effects of alcohol makes perfect Christmas reading for lovers of classic humorous storytelling.

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Hardback Editions

November 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dean Spanley: The Novel
Author(s): Lord Dunsany, Alan Sharp
ISBN: 0-00-729045-4 / 978-0-00-729045-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

April 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dean Spanley: The Novel
Author(s): Lord Dunsany, Alan Sharp
ISBN: 0-00-731427-2 / 978-0-00-731427-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

July 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: My Talks With Dean Spanley (Classic Books on CD Collection) [UNABRIDGED]
Author(s): Lord Dunsany, Flo Gibson (Narrator)
ISBN: 1-60646-266-0 / 978-1-60646-266-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Book Contractors, Inc.
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January 2001 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: My Talks With Dean Spanley (Classic Books on Cassettes Collection) [UNABRIDGED]
Author(s): Lord Dunsany, Flo Gibson (Narrator)
ISBN: 1-55685-574-5 / 978-1-55685-574-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Book Contractors, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dean Spanley: The Novel
Author(s): Lord Dunsany
Publisher: HarperCollins
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