I Had it in Me - A Memoir
Publication date: 21st October 2016
"A wonderful memoir, intensely moving and hilariously funny.
Like her brother, Joe, Leonie Orton uses dark comedy with
devastating effect to pinpoint the stark truths about
families, love, sex and death. I couldn't put it down."
I Had It In Me is the memoir of Leonie Orton, Joe's youngest sister. Leonie tells her own story
of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 1950s
as her brother rose to become a remarkable writer. For the first time
she recounts how the family coped with his brutal murder and lost diaries.
She also describes her fight to educate herself, nurture her own family
and eventually take over the management of her brother’s legacy.
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up Your Ears
New Edition Published by Bloomsbury 2002
New ediion of John Lahr's biography of Joe Orton,
first published in 1978. The title was taken from what
was to be Orton’s next play, a historical farce
set on the eve of Edward VII’s coronation in 1902.
Lahr’s book was meticulously researched over many
years and Joe's agent, Peggy Ramsey even granted access
to Orton’s diaries, the existence of which she had
kept secret for many years.
The Defaced Library Books of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton
Publisher: Donlon Books 2013
Malicious Damage looks closely at the collaged dust jackets still remaining within the archive at Islington Local History Centre and focuses on the early collaborative nature of Orton and Halliwell’s relationship.
Read more about the Islington Library Books here
Read the Guardian article and review here
Joe Orton – A Casebook
Dr Francesca Coppa
Published by Routledge 2003
is the first ever collection of Orton scholarship and
includes essays from most of the prominent voices in the
field. The book, divided into two sections, theorizes
Orton's theatrical work as well as his controversial life
in the 'swinging London' of the 1960's. Topics explored
include his plays, early works, his Diaries and his status
as a gay icon.
Because We're Queers
Published by Gay Men's Press 1994
this pioneering study, Simon Shepherd reclaims Orton and
Halliwell for the gay movement, setting both their achievements
and their limitations against a repressive backdrop of
homophobia and hypocrisy.
Guide: Laughter in the Dark - The Plays of Joe Orton
Published by Greenwich Exchange 2001
In this study - often as irreverent as the plays themselves
- Burke dissects Orton's comedy and traces the connection
between the lifestyle and the work. Previously a television
critic and comedian, Arthur Burke is a writer and journalist.
He has published articles not only on Orton but also on
Harold Pinter, John Osborne and many other leading modern
You can now purchase the above volumes via our Amazon shop here
(Some editions may be out of print but can be purchased second hand)