Edna the Inebriate Woman

Illustrated with stills from the 1971 production


Jeremy Sandford


Marion Boyars, London, 1976
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Printing Details

First edition thus, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, 117pp [1]

Jeremy Sandford's play deals with an elderly woman, Edna, who wanders through life in an alcoholic haze without a home, a job or any money. A rambling, pathetic yet defiant woman, Edna sleeps rough and begs for food and shelter and the drama follows her progress as she moves from hostel to hostel, going to a psychiatric ward and then prison along the way. At the end, a small home for homeless women run by Josie Quinn from a Christian charity, 'Jesus Saves', is closed down after an inquiry, following the complaints of neighbours. Edna and the other women are on the road again. It was filmed in 1971 with Patricia Hayes as Edna, this copy is illustrated with still from the TV production.


The book is in very good condition, the dustwrapper has been price-clipped and is a little faded to the spine.





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