A Fool at the Feast - John HaleLondon: Collins, 1966, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
From the cover: “A triumphant first-night; a sheaf of rave notices in next morning’s papers; what more could an unknown playwright dream of?
It has taken George Morton eight years to get a play of his on the London stage: eight years in which he worked in provincial rep., or as a script writer for television: eight years of hanging round a theatrical agent’s office: eight years of bright, inane chatter at theatre people’s parties: eight years of plays attempted and plays rejected until the point at which this book opens — the morning after a wild success. As he relives in one day the experiences, the friendships, the hatreds and the love affair that his chosen career has brought him, we see in sudden sharp focus what the theatre has become and why.
Satirical, passionate and extremely funny, this is the best novel Mr. Hale has yet written.”