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This delightfully readable biography of the author of over fifty hugely popular books, not to mention plays, journalism and essays, paints a vivid portrait of a man who was almost as famous for his cantankerous grumbling and three marriages as for his writing. An international figure who made much of his Yorkshire origins, Priestley claimed not to give a damn about literary style, and was determined to write for ordinary people rather than for critics. Most of his books remain in print many years after his death.