Alfie: A Play in Three Acts

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French, 1963 - English drama - 80 pages
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"I???ve got this dark little lump of cold grief or something over my heart. It could, of course, be wind."And that??'s Alfie really. Never one to take himself, or anything else for that matter, too seriously. He???ll never say no to a woman and he???ll even let them stay the night, as long as they cook breakfast of course and as long as they never, ever, ask when he???ll be back. But these things are never that simple, even if Alfie likes to pretend they are. There??'s meek little Annie, who??'s almost got him "poncified"; Ruby, a bit old but in fabulous condition and then the less said about Lily the better. But Alfie doesn???t do complicated. He loves, he leaves and when he occasionally wrestles with his conscience, he always wins. Well, almost always. . .With sales of over a million copies since its first publication in 1966, Alfie is a controversial modern classic. The inspiration for the cult film starring Michael Caine and the smash-hit remake with Jude Law as the eponymous anti-hero, Alfie feels as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published.

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Review: Alfie (Alfie #1)

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Hated the film, but when the book turned up in the local Poundies, I thought give it a go. And it was much more engrossing and squalid than the pictures. Well written characters and from my viewpoint, an interesting look at the olden days. Read full review

Review: Alfie (Alfie #1)

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What a load of sexist shit. A well crafted voice, but my god what a prick Alfie was. Highlights: Alfie constantly reduces women to their bodies, treats them like crap, and somehow manages to get more ... Read full review


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About the author (1963)

BILL NAUGHTON (1910-1992) was born in Ireland and raised in Bolton, eventually settling on the Isle of Man with his Austrian wife, Erna. Having left school at fourteen, he worked as a weaver, a coalbagger and a lorry driver. He first made a name for his writing with his contributions to Lilliput. During the late 1950s he wrote a series of documentary dramas for the BBC. Films and plays followed, including "Spring and Port Wine, The Family Way", and the movie of his most famous book, "Alfie".

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