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Description - Ticks and Crosses by Frederic Raphael

The first volume of Frederic Raphael's notebooks, Personal Terms, was greeted in the TLS as 'a small masterpiece'. With the publication of Ticks and Crosses, the fourth volume, we can see the sequence unfolding into a major literary achievement.Ticks and Crosses continues the story of Raphael's long and distinguished career as a novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, offering a writer's wry observations about the glamorous worlds of Hollywood and literary London during the second half of the 1970s. Raphael is only incidentally concerned with the rich and famous, though, and has little interest in 'names' and gossip except to notice the discrepancies between public and private faces and to convey the texture of life around him. Raphael's notebooks, never intended for publication, are exercises in candour, precise observation and wit. Ticks and Crosses adds to the growing impression that Raphael is creating an engrossingly readable, stylish and enduring chronicle of his times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857549300
ISBN-10: 1857549309
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Frederic Raphael

Born in 1931 in Chicago, Frederic Raphael was educated at Charterhouse and St John's College, Cambridge. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1964. The first of his numerous novels was published in 1956; Coast to Coast was published by Orion in 1998. He has adapted his novels The Glittering Prizes (1976) and After the War (1988) for television. He has also written stories, biographies of Somerset Maugham and Byron. He is a leading screenwriter, whose work includes the Academy Award-winning Darling (1965) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut.

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