HIDDEN TREASURES

Todays BBAW task was to highlight two forgotten classics or modern books ,so being me went for a bit of both with a book from early 80’s and book from 90’s the first is –

The peculiar memories of Tomas Penman by Bruce Robinson -Now Bruce Robinson is best known for writing the script for the film withnail and I ,which was autobiographical ,well this book is like withnail as a child set in the 50’s in follows Thomas a young lad in a eccentric family as he comes of age told in Thomas voice crude ,funny ,revealing ,if you like withnail you’ll love this it has same sense of humour and characteristics as that film had .Not seen any reviews of it in my time blogging ,a lost gem from a clever writer and to date his only novel .

The last testament of Oscar Wilde by Peter Ackroyd  -Now my second book is by Peter Ackroyd  who is still writing but this is one of his earliest books from 1983 ,it is written in the style of Oscar Wilde and recounts the great writers dying days in paris after his time in Reading Gaol .It is a beautifully written piece Ackroyd manages to capture the great Oscar’s voice and we glimpse what were his last days through the man’s wit and irony a touching book

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