This new biography examines legendary playwright John Osborne’s fractious often chaotic personal life against the social and political background of his times. It provides an invigorating insight into his complex often anguished personality and a fresh critical assessment of his writing. A vivid account of what it was like to be Osborne: loyal and generous scathing and brutal a restlessly creative artist. Peter Whitebrook was born in London and has written and broadcast widely on the theatre. Based in Edinburgh for many years he was a cultural journalist and drama critic for The Scotsman newspaper. He covered several years of the Edinburgh Festival and won a Fringe First award for his co-adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. As a broadcaster he has worked in commercial radio made regular appearances on BBC Radio Scotland arts review programmes and has written and presented several arts documentaries for BBC Radio Scotland Radio 4 and the World Service. He has regularly chaired events at the Edinburgh Book Festival and now does so at the Gothenburg Book Fair in Sweden. He has published an acclaimed biography of William Archer the theatre critic close friend of Bernard Shaw and the first to translate Ibsen into English and was a consultant and contributor to a major Channel 4 documentary on John Osborne. He lives in Stockholm.