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A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal 1996-98 - Alec Guinness

Hamish Hamilton, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned.

From the cover: “My Name Escapes Me, the diaries of Sir Alec Guinness, became an international bestseller when published in 1996. This new volume contains Sir Alec’s journal since the summer of that year.

The summer of 1996 ended well, with an operation that successfully treated an eye which had been useless for almost ten years. Further good news on the health front followed in March 1997. Thus fortified, Sir Alec continued his journal for the next eighteen months. These were tumultuous times for the nation — the election of Mr Blair, the death of Diana — but other matters continued to hold equal importance in Hampshire: the difficulties of the plane trees during the dry summer, the extraordinary appearance in the skies of the Hale-Bopp comet, the vulnerability of the hassocks in Steep Church and the experiments with Chinese cooking, encouraged by Ken Horn’s TV enthusiasm.

And then of course there are the books, films and plays that were enjoyed — mostly — throughout the year. Dickens and Patrick O’Brian are read with delight. Shakespeare’s birthday (his 433rd) is celebrated with a visit to Baz Luhrmann’s film William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which gives pleasure despite its title and despite the fact that it leads to the melancholy thought that the worst Romeo ever was ‘none other than me, moi-meme’. And a revival of Terence Rattigan’s Cause Celebre at the Lyric prompts some memories of the playwright who is putting bums on seats thirty years after he was dismissed by the avant-garde.

Sir Alec reports on these matters — local, national and cultural — with varying measures of acerbity and affection, and muses fascinatingly on books, films and theatre. The result is a worthy successor to the highly acclaimed volume of diaries.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 246 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.