We Travelled

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I can’t remember if I had any plans for the twenty-first century. I was already 52 when it arrived. But events raced off in such unexpected directions that any possible ideas must have gone out the window. Many of us shared the sensation that history was speeding up. Recording dizzying changes in culture and politics, these essays range in subject from the photographer Lee Miller to the Archbishop of Canterbury, from the actress Sarah Bernhardt to the rapist Jimmy Saville, from a celebration of ‘Mad Men’ to a diagnosis of the incoherence of Conservatism in the new century. The poems, in contrast, are private: tender meditations, filled with love, memory, vulnerability and the melancholy of ageing.

ISBN: 9780571369539 Author: Hare, David Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 4th August 2022 Imprint: Faber & Faber Cover: Paperback Dewey: 828.9209 (edition:23) Pages: 304 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

‘A writing career which is the most consistently adventurous of any British dramatist.’ Observer

Recording dizzying changes in culture and politics, this is a powerful compilation of prose and poetry by one of the distinctive thinkers of our time. The elegant essays range from a celebration of Mad Men to a diagnosis of the incoherence of Conservatism in the new century. The poems, in contrast, are private, tender meditations.

‘Always, there is a breadth and a caustic wit reminiscent of his idol Chekhov.’ Spectator

‘David Hare’s great quality has always been his refusal to accept the division between fact and imagination. His creative invention is fired by public realities and in turn he makes those realities feel deeply personal. That same quality is wonderfully at work in his essays and poems. Whether he is writing about Tony Blair or Joan Didion, whether he is writing out of love or rage, evoking the intimate moments of his own life or the great moral questions of our times, he brings his subjects to life with an irresistible immediacy. All the wit, combativeness, energy and edge he has brought to the stage are present here on the page.’ Fintan O’Toole

‘A reliable source of delight.’ New Statesman

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