JOTTINGS is a collection of the stories that Liz Smith has written over the years. Sometimes they explore the darker side of life and what may occur out of the public gaze: a rich and lonely housewife neglects her child and the nanny subjects her charge to unpleasant and adult scenes; a man's wish for fame catapults him into prison and mistaken notoriety; an unhappy wife loses her only friend and is haunted by her.
Other stories are more amusing: the sexy, man-eating woman who runs the mobile library: moving through the fog of 1950's London with the help of a blind man; a scheming daughter who plans to take her mother's money has a surprising comeuppance.
Liz's stories are unexpected, original and revealing of a writer who is fascinated by relationships and the barriers we erect between our public and private selves.
Liz Smith is one of Britain's favourite character actresses. She is best known for playing Nana in the Royle Family and has had a long career in film and on the stage, working with such directors as Tim Burton, Mike Leigh, Peter Greenaway and Neil Jordan. She lives in north London.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (September 4, 2008)
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