Page extent: 280
ISBN: 9781786823922
Binding: Hardback

‘Dearest Squirrel…’

The Intimate Letters of John Osborne and Pamela Lane

John Osborne, Peter Whitebrook, Pamela Lane

Hardback (01 Apr 2018)

A completely fresh insight into the mind of one of the UK’s greatest playwrights, the letters between John Osborne and his first wife, actress Pamela Lane, are also a love letter to a now defunct system of repertory theatre, and life in post-war Britain.

As these letters reveal, soon after their divorce, Osborne and Lane began a mutually supportive, loyal, frequently stormy and sometimes sexually intimate alliance lasting thirty years until Osborne’s death. By the mid-1980s, they had become closer and more trusting than they had been since their earliest years together.  ‘You are for me what you always were,’ Pamela told him, ‘I am in love with you still.’  It is, he declared, ‘my fortune to have loved someone for a lifetime.’

Acerbic, witty, candid and heartbreaking, they reveal a unique relationship, troubled, tender and enduring. 

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781786823922
Binding Hardback
Page Extent 280


"In Dearest Squirrel, Peter Whitebrook uncovered an extraordinary romance. Letters between John Osborne and Pamela Lane (the first of his five wives) chart their early passion, the rapid cracking apart of their marriage and finally a revelatory new intimacy: intermittent but lifelong. The book has a professional interest – Look Back in Anger had its roots in the couple’s life together – but its pulse is personal: affectionate and ardent." The Observer, Best Books of 2018

"Records fresh light onto a theatrical figure that many of us thought we had summarised. Her letters are a record of survival, of love and affection, and, at times, great tenacity. Fascinating." ★★★★