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Grinning At The Edge

Paul Allen

DOI: 10.5040/9781408174845

ISBN: 9780413771360

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The hugely acclaimed, authorised biography of Britain's most popular playwright.

Alan Ayckbourn is Britain's most popular playwright and its most private. He has won numerous awards for his plays and has worked with some of theatre's most celebrated names, yet he spends most of his time away from the limelight in a Yorkshire seaside town not writing at all but running a small repertory theatre.

This is a portrait of a man who - from Relatively Speaking in 1965 to his double play House and Garden at the National Theatre in 2000 – has chronicled human behaviour, our aspirations and insecurities, while shaping the theatrical experience of millions.