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Peter Smart’s Confessions

Peter Smart’s Confessions

Peter Smart is a man with a highly developed sense of his own inadequacy - a gentle person whose self-induced confession of his past failures gradually but perceptibly evolves into a grotesque portrait gallery of the extraordinary people who have always surrounded him.

As he sits down to bare his soul, he finds, to his surprise, that it is these other personalities who fascinate and command the stage. In youth he has been flanked by a virago of a mother, aptly dubbed by her in-laws as ‘mouth and trousers’; by mother’s decrepit paramour, Dr Leonard Cottie, author of the astonishingly boring With Stethoscope and Scalpel; his ‘brownish’ grandmother, who, cosily reeking of beer and tobacco, chuckles over ‘penny dreadfulls’ like Ainslie Gritter’s The Fatal Cup of Cocoa


Peter Smart’s Confessions

About the Author

Paul Bailey

Paul Bailey was born in February 1937.  He originally worked as an actor before becoming a full time writer in 1967.  

He won the E. M. Forster Award in 1974, and the George Orwell Prize in 1978.  His works include At the Jerusalem which won the Somerset Maugham Award, Peter Smart’s Confessions, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Old Soldiers, Gabriel’s Lament, also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Sugar Cane.

He was the first recipient of the E.M. Forster Award and won a George Orwell Prize for his essay The Limitations of Despair.