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

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chasing bawa
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 15:20:14

    I think I read Ackroyd’s book a long time ago when I was going through an Oscar Wilde phase and remember enjoying it a lot. I haven’t read Robinson’s book although I’ve watched Withnail & I! I remember being shocked to find out he was Benvolio in Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet!


  2. amymckie
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 19:07:34

    Wow, haven’t heard of either of those books Stu, but they sound interesting 🙂


  3. Parrish
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 21:14:17

    Love Withnail & I ,yet have never come across this author.


  4. theliterarylollipop
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 21:42:03

    That one on the left caught my attention. The cover is quite arresting.


  5. Tony
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 22:57:24

    Very interesting choices Stu – and not translated lit. either 😉


  6. S. Krishna
    Sep 17, 2010 @ 16:51:05

    The Peter Ackroyd one looks really interesting – I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for the recommendation.


  7. tanabata
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 11:28:57

    I have yet to read anything by Ackroyd, but this one does sound very good. One of these days…


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