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Alan Rickman's diaries are being published as a book

Alan Rickman's diaries are being published as a book

The diaries of late actor Alan Rickman are to be published in a collection titled The Diaries of Alan Rickman in 2022. Rickman amassed 27 handwritten volumes of his writing, spanning over 25 years up until his death in 2016 from pancreatic cancer, aged 69.

Rickman began writing his diaries in the early 90s, with the intention of one day having them published. The 27 volume will be edited to one book by Alan Taylor, editor of The Scottish Review of Books and The Country Diaries.

Rickman's widow Rima Horton said she was 'delighted' her late husband's diaries would be read by the wider world. 'The diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humour, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.'

According to editor Alan Taylor, Rickman's diaries include musings on acting, including his own, his contemporaries, and that which he saw as an avid theatregoer. Other tidbits include insights into his politics, and behind-the-scenes stories from his time on stage and screen, including the 'Harry Potter' films.

In a press release publisher Canongate says of Rickman's diaries, 'He wrote his diaries as if chatting with a close friend. They provide pitch-perfect vignettes: short, pithy paragraphs painting big pictures, and offering intriguing insights into himself, his peers and the world around him. They are intimate, perceptive and very funny.'

The Diaries of Alan Rickmanare to be published worldwide by Canongate in 2022.