Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

Gambler, journalist, fervent alcoholic and four-times married Jeffrey Bernard writes the "Low Life" column for the Spectator magazine chronicling Soho life as well as offering a very personal philosophy on vodka, women and race-courses.

Author: Keith Waterhouse

Publisher: Samuel French Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105041131173

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Gambler, journalist, fervent alcoholic and four-times married Jeffrey Bernard writes the "Low Life" column for the Spectator magazine chronicling Soho life as well as offering a very personal philosophy on vodka, women and race-courses. From this, Keith Waterhouse has brilliantly constructed a play (the title being the euphemism used by the Spectator when Bernard is incapable of writing his column) which is set in the saloon bar of Bernard's favourite Soho pub, the Coach and Horses. Having passed out in the lavatory, Bernard awakes in the early hours of the morning to find himself alone and in the dark. Unable to contact the landlord, he is resigned to spending the rest of the night with a bottle of vodka and an endless chain of cigarettes, narrating a story of hilarious anecdotes and witty reminiscences which are enacted by two actors and two actresses who bring to life the various characters who populate Jeff 's world. Starring Peter O'Toole, later succeeded by Tom Conti then James Bolam, the play enjoyed a hugely successful run at the Apollo Theatre, London.
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Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

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Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

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Reach for the Ground

Reach for the Ground

Jeffrey Bernard died in September 1997 after refusing to have any more dialysis
treatments. ... of Keith Waterhouse, who turned it into a hit play called Jeffrey
Bernard is Unwell, starring Bernard's lifelong friend Peter O'Toole in the title role.

Author: Jeffrey Bernard

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9780715646762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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For forty years Bernard wrote only about himself, and the tale of his life, loves and failures has become legendary. Reach for the Ground is an irresistible collection of the best of Jeffrey Bernard's celebrated Low Life contributions to the Spectator. The column was once described as 'a suicide note in weekly installments' and became a national institution whose passing was noted with great sorrow. Peter O'Toole's affectionate introduction recalls a forty-year-old friendship and three sparkling autobiographical essays encapsulate the defining experiences of Bernard's life.
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Low Life Irreverent Reflections from the Bottom of a Glass

Low Life   Irreverent Reflections from the Bottom of a Glass

Previously published in two volumes entitled Low Life: A Kind of Autobiography and Reach for the Ground, these books are now available in a single volume containing all his derisive reflections on life.

Author: Jeffrey Bernard

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9780715653593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Described as the Tony Hancock of journalism, for forty years Bernard wrote only about himself and the failures of his life – with women, drink, doctors, horses – which have become legendary. Low Life is an irresistible collection of the best of Bernard's celebrated autobiographical contributions to The Spectator, once described as 'a suicide note in weekly instalments'. Previously published in two volumes entitled Low Life: A Kind of Autobiography and Reach for the Ground, these books are now available in a single volume containing all his derisive reflections on life. Antiauthoritarian, grumpy, charming, politically incorrect, funny, drunk and always mischievous, Bernard could usually be found at the Coach and Horses pub on London’s Greek street, a lit cigarette in his mouth and a drink in hand. He was joined by famous friends including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Graham Green, Peter O’Toole, Ian Fleming and many others and their conversations – as well as with whomever was tending bar at the time – served as the basis for his writing. There were in fact times when he was too drunk to write, hence the famous "unwell" notice that went next to the large, hastily-sketched cartoon that filled its space in the magazine.
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Low Life

Low Life

Previously published in two volumes entitled Low Life: A Kind of Autobiography and Reach for the Ground, these books are now available in a single volume containing all his derisive reflections on life.

Author: Jeffrey Bernard

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9780715649435

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Described as the Tony Hancock of journalism, for forty years Bernard wrote only about himself and the failures of his life – with women, drink, doctors, horses – which have become legendary. Low Life is an irresistible collection of the best of Bernard's celebrated autobiographical contributions to The Spectator once described as 'a suicide note in weekly instalments'. Previously published in two volumes entitled Low Life: A Kind of Autobiography and Reach for the Ground, these books are now available in a single volume containing all his derisive reflections on life. Antiauthoritarian, grumpy, charming, politically incorrect, funny, drunk and always mischievous, Bernard could usually be found at the Coach and Horses pub on London’s Greek street, a lit cigarette in his mouth and a drink in hand. He was joined by famous friends including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Graham Green, Peter O’Toole, Ian Fleming and many others and their conversations – as well as with whomever was tending bar at the time – served as the basis for his writing. There were in fact times when he was too drunk to write, hence the famous "unwell" notice that went next to the large, hastily-sketched cartoon that filled its space in the magazine.
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London Theatre Record

London Theatre Record

A 442 180 Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell 351 527 Jesus Christ Superstar 1199 325
Jigsaws 731 726 Jim Davidson's Blue Christr nas Party 1563 554 Jim Tavare
Masterclass 1284 648 Joan Saint Joan 1429 119 Johnny Is Dead 253 476
Jonathan ...

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Life After Death

Life After Death

Jeffrey Bernard pursued such an unusual existence , however , that his self -
written ' appreciation was published by one of ... him from submitting his regular
Spectator column , the magazine would have to declare “ Jeffrey Bernard is
unwell .

Author: Nigel Starck

Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing

ISBN: 0522852564

Category: Celebrities

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The obituary pages of our quality newspapers have been described as 'oases of calm in a world gone mad', 'a lovely part of the paper to linger in', and 'writing that matters'. Entertaining, inspiring and informative, they serve as a legitimate instrument of history, and have enjoyed an extraordinary revival in popularity over the past twenty years. Life After Death investigates-and celebrates-the development of the obituary form in the British, American, and Australian press. Author Nigel Starck tracks down the earliest exercise in obituary publication (in 1622), then traces the evolution of the form over four centuries, from times when the obituary was the reserve of royalty and privilege to its contemporary egalitarian mode. Along the way Dr Starck delves into a multitude of lives, from the heroic to the comic, the saintly to the downright villainous, the exemplary to the eccentric. Meet, in the posthumous cast list, Major Digby Tatham-Warter, of Britain's Parachute Regiment, who carried an umbrella into battle just in case it rained; the absent-minded Australian barrister Pat Lanigan, who drove from Canberra to Sydney and then flew back, leaving his car behind; and the eccentric American publisher Eddie Clontz, whose newspaper reported (exclusively, of course) that 'tiny terrorists' were disguising themselves as garden gnomes. Life After Death also incorporates a connoisseur's collection of ten obituaries reprinted in full: the subjects include Helen Keller, Diana Mosley, Quentin Crisp, George Wallace, and Rosa Parks. Without doubt, Life After Death is a book that will outlive its author-as an enduring celebration of journalism's dying art. 'Canon Smith expired after suffering an unfortunate disagreement with his bishop.'-The Sydney Morning Herald, 1882 'Minnesota Fats died at his home in Nashville. He was eighty-two, or perhaps ninety-five.'-The New York Times, 1996
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Peter O Toole

Peter O Toole

Directed by Val May Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London 1987 Pygmalion by
George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Val May The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway
1989 Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell by Keith Waterhouse. Directed by Ned Sherrin
Apollo ...

Author: Robert Sellers

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780283072161

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Peter O'Toole was supremely talented, a unique leading man and one of the most charismatic and unpredictable actors of his generation. Described by Richard Burton as 'the most original actor to come out of Britain since the war', O'Toole regularly seemed to veer towards self-destruction. With the help of exclusive interviews with colleagues and close friends, Peter O'Toole: The Definitive Biography paints the first complete picture of this much loved man and reveals what drove him to extremes, why he drank to excess and hated authority. But it also describes a man who was fiercely intelligent, with a great sense of humour and huge energy. Always insightful, at times funny, at times deeply moving, this is a fitting tribute to an iconic actor who made a monumental contribution to theatre and cinema.
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Plays and Players

Plays and Players

... Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell Keith Waterhouse Judy Buxton Dennis Waterman
Ashcroft Th . Alexandra Th . Hexagon Lyceum Th , Shef Th . Royal Hawth London
Palladium Croydon Birmingham Reading Sheffield Brighton Crawley London W1
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Keith Waterhouse Collected Plays

Keith Waterhouse  Collected Plays

... Billy Liar, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and Good Grief by amateur companies
should be made before commencement of rehearsal to Samuel French Ltd., 52
Fitzroy St., London W1T 5JR (email: ...

Author: Keith Waterhouse

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781849432573

Category: Drama

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Keith Waterhouse is one of Britain’s most popular writers in nearly every field. This collection brings together for the first time his most celebrated plays from a career spanning more than forty years. Our Song is a warm, tender, romantic drama, infused with moments of great humour. Pulling himself out of the rut of his middle-aged executive lifestyle, Roger Piper stumbles into a sixteen-month tempestuous affair. Billy Liar tells the story of a funeral parlour worker with a humdrum life, who spends most of his time dreaming of ways to escape his drab existence in Yorkshire. Adapted from his celebrated novel. Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell Gambler, journalist, fervent alcoholic, four-times married Jeffrey Bernard writes the‘Low Life’ column for the Spectator magazine. Locked in The Coach and Horses in Soho overnight, he has time to reflect on a dissolute life. Good Grief is a sensitive, wryly humorous study of a middle-aged widow, coming to terms with bereavement, who finds the courage to break with the past. Mr and Mrs Nobody is an adaptation of George and Weedon Grossmith’s comic novel The Diary Of A Nobody and Mrs Pooter’s Diary. A respectable Victorian clerk has lofty social aspirations.
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Tales from Soho

Tales from Soho

Coach and Horses Just a stone's throw from 'The French', at the back of the
Palace Theatre, this pub became famous in a Keith Waterhouse autobiographical
play, Jeffery Bernard is Unwell, starring Peter O'Toole as Bernard. The play's
setting ...

Author: David Barry

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781783338917

Category: Fiction

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Tales from Soho, eleven entertaining stories from London's famous square mile. Known as a red-light district, with a reputation for sleaze and crime, Soho is also a diverse district, a bohemian area which has been an adult playground for hundreds of years. In these stories you will meet countless motley characters over many decades. In 'The Poet in Soho' a famous Welsh writer goes on a Soho pub odyssey; and in 'The Spieler' a young actor risks a reckoning when he works in an illegal gambling den; as does one of Soho's duckers-and-divers in 'Ronnie's Manor'. From pimp and prostitute to a rock 'n' roll band at a Carnaby Street seance, Soho and its colourful characters comes alive over the years with this collection of earthy tales. The collection also contains a brief history of the district and some of its famous pubs.
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Brit Cult

Brit Cult

Jeffrey Bernard Britain is unwell ' I was a prince when I first came to Soho aged
15 , got kissed and was turned into a toad . It takes all my muscle to refrain from
croaking now . But if you think it is a wonderful life propping up bars surrounded
by ...

Author: Andrew Calcutt

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: UVA:X004661810

Category: Social Science

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From Acid Jazz to Peter Sellers, a quick-take who's who of British pop culture From the Swinging 60s and the mods, from the seventies and the punks to Generation E, Britpop and Cool Britain--the past 50 years have seen a steady stream of world-sweeping movements, trends, and styles come out of the British Isles. In this hip, fast-paced look at who's who and what's what of British popular culture, cultist Andrew Calcutt explores more than 200 key people, products, and phenomena in British popular culture. Calcutt deftly deconstructs hundreds of Brit Cult icons--such as Monty Python, J. G. Ballard, Nick Hornby, Martin Amis, Doc Martens, E-Type Jaguars, glam, and goth, Malcolm McClaren, Blur, Oasis, The Kinks, The Who, and the Stones--and identifies who or what they are, what they represent to us, and what they have, in turn, inspired. Each entry is a brief, stand-alone essay providing biographical details, analysis, observation, and opinion; but, taken together, the essays add up to a revealing portrait of the good (The Beatles), the bad (racist skinheads) and the ugly (football hooligans) of British pop culture in all its many facets.
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The Bulletin

The Bulletin

There are extra ment , merely substitutes the line “ Jeffrey long intervals as the
stage hands struggle Bernard is unwell ” . Bernard has feroJeffrey Bernard Is
Unwell , by Keith Waterto do their best while many in the audiciously abused his
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Punch

Punch

Jeffrey Bernard , who often looks terribly unwell , is one of the regulars who gets
the Coach and Horses noticed , and the scene of his Spectator column frequently
changes mour from the pub to the hospital and back to the pub . Mr Balon tells ...

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A Reader s Guide to Writers London

A Reader s Guide to Writers  London

In the last decade of his life , Bernard belatedly found himself a celebrity , due
largely to the success of Keith Waterhouse ' s play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell ( the
title refers to the apologetic note the Spectator used to print when Bernard was
too ...

Author: Ian Cunningham

Publisher: Prion Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114450526

Category: Reference

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"When a man is tired of London he is tired of life" declared Dr Johnson and over the centuries the excitement of London has attracted a panoply of literary figures. With photographs, this guide to London's literary history takes you through London area by area.
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How to Live to be 22

How to Live to be 22

"I wondered what I personally had done which, having done it, I could write about. I discovered that I had done nothing at all except live for twenty-two consecutive years."--Jacket.

Author: Keith Waterhouse

Publisher: British Library Board

ISBN: 0712309691

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Keith Waterhouse is remembered today for his newspaper columns, his play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, and his novel Billy Liar, published in 1959 when the author was thirty. But discovered in his archives when the British Library acquired them in 2012, was a full-length manuscript that had never been published, a humorous autobiography entitled How to Live to Be 22. Written during the early years of his career, as a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post, the book contains the dreams, doubts, desires, and ambitions of a young man in postwar Leeds trying to make a career of writing. A torrent of ideas, sometimes bordering on a rant but always humorous and self-deprecating, How to Live to Be 22 contains many of the themes that Waterhouse would later develop in Billy Liar: fantasies of being the leader of imaginary worlds, and even Prime Minister; early experiences with women; and an obsession with grammar. With great confidence and prescience Waterhouse declares in the work that he will have "always one book or play on the glow like people who always have the kettle on the gas," and that the neon lights that lit his name up in the clouds will be "bigger and brighter than before." How to Live to Be 22 provides fascinating insights into Waterhouse's creative process and will be a must-read for the gifted writer's legion of fans.
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