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Billy Liar (Penguin Decades)

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See the Context for the film 700th Anniversary Of Bradford Market Charter (1951) for more on the re-building of Bradford. Shortcomings and limitations disappear when the warm glow of familiarity obscures everything but the positive. The music video for the song " The Importance of Being Idle" by Oasis contains scenes based on scenes from Billy Liar, although most of it is based on the video for the Kinks' Dead End Street.

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Directed by John Schlesinger, it stars Tom Courtenay (who had understudied Albert Finney in the West End theatre adaptation of the novel) as Billy and Julie Christie as Liz, one of his three girlfriends. He sits at the table to eat with his father and grandmother who tell him that he should grow up and live in the real world. Might it be that the community in which Billy lived had convinced itself of its status and indispensability only to have come down to earth with a bump when reality intervened?But they both inhabit similar territory in that they follow a principal character through one day’s eventless events. Billy's interaction with his two "fiancees"(involving among other little stratagems his determined efforts to benefit by administering some dubious "passion pills" courtesy of the mean-spirited Stamp) comprises a lot of quick thinking and mental dexterity on his behalf to keep things on an even keel. He initially joined the Mirror as a reporter in 1952, before he became a playwright and novelist; during his initial stint, he campaigned against the colour bar in post-war Britain, [2] the abuses committed in the name of the British Empire in Kenya [3] and the British government's selling of weapons to various Middle Eastern countries.

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The cross media adaptations did start not or end there though, Keith Waterhouse originally adapted it in to a stageplay which starred a young Albert Finney (who turned down the lead in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia to play Billy! The sense of time and place are stunningly evoked, and each character depiction is convincing and vivid. Ever the dreamer, Billy weaves an ever-growing web of deceit as his outrageous fantasies spiral out of control. Also, he floats around town in daydreams about some imaginary kingdom where Billy is the king, this was very tiresome. Note: after all the back-and-forth red-brick Yorkshire dialect in this book, I finally realized (about five pages from the end) that it actually takes place in and around Birmingham, not Manchester as I’d originally thought.I found this a quick, warm and pleasant read filled with a subtle British humour which although it didn't actually make me laugh out loud, I did read it with a smile. The novel is nevertheless despite these rather serious considerations enjoyable and amiably amusing enough in that reliably charming fashion of most English and British comic fiction and Billy is a raffishly charming narrator in his own right, armed with a voice irreverent yet vulnerable, irresponsible yet emotionally sincere and even sardonic and scathing in places. Barbara is prudish, always eating oranges, and harbours dreams of living with Billy in a cottage in Devon, with "little Billy and little Barbara". Billy lies compulsively to everyone he comes across, whether it is by claiming that his father is a retired naval captain/cobbler, or telling his parents that Arthur's mother has broken her leg. Billy is an interesting character, a lively storyteller with an unmistakably northern humour but like all the best comedy, the book's tragedy rings true with a much wider audience that still resonates today.

Billy Liar (1963) - Plot - IMDb Billy Liar (1963) - Plot - IMDb

Billy has further complicated his life by proposing to two very different girls, the sheltered, virginal Barbara ( Helen Fraser) and the tough, brassy Rita ( Gwendolyn Watts).His first novel, There is a Happy Land, was published in 1957 and drew on his childhood growing up in poverty on a council estate. On the table nearest to us, next to the Witch’s handbag, there was a cup of black coffee, untouched.

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