This special edition of one of J B Priestley's most accomplished and successful books, Bright Day, has been produced to mark 60 years since its first publication. It is also the first new edition of Priestley's fiction in 12 years. Produced to an exceptionally high standard of design and print, this beautiful publication also includes two additional sections: a biography of Priestley and a 'literary tour' of Bruddersford (the imaginary setting for the book based on Priestley's home town of Bradford.) In this way, it places the novel in a biographical and geographical context adding extra layers of interest for readers. In the author's own words, 'Bright Day is crammed with profoundly autobiographical material.' Priestley's Bradford comes alive and glows. This new edition will be eagerly sought after by the many thousands of lovers of Priestley's work and appreciators of classic literature across the world. It will also introduce his name to a new generation.
The story is that of disillusioned and stale Hollywood scriptwriter Gregory Dawson. A chance encounter in a Cornish hotel sends him back to the Bruddersford (Bradford) of his youth before the First World War. Caught in the past, Dawson relives his time within the magic circle of the Alington family, days on the moors, his work in a wool office and his first tentative steps towards becoming an author. With the energy of a creative act, Dawson allows the years he'd forgotten about to take shape and join hands with the present. Summing up his recollections of the past and the realisation of his present role in a sterile world, he is led towards an entirely new conception of the future. Dawson slowly comes back to life and sees the world with renewed energy and zest.
John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) was pre-eminently a dramatist and a novelist. Many of his works have become 20th century literary classics, among them 'The Good Companions', 'Angel Pavement', 'An Inspector Calls' and 'Time and the Conways'. He was a founder of the campaign for nuclear disarmament and a champion of public lending rights. In literary, social and political terms he was very much 'a man for all seasons'.
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Illustrated with archive images (including some that have never before been published) from the estate of J B Priestley, Tom Priestley's personal collection and from various Bradford archives.
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