The Tragic Story Of Joe Orton, His Boyfriend And A Stack Of Stolen Library Books

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It is an April morning in early 1960s London, England, and the police are hammering on Joe Orton’s door. His relationship with his partner, Kenneth Halliwell, is still illegal, but the authorities aren’t interested in that particular crime. Instead, the cops were there to make arrests for another of the pair’s collaborations. The wanted men are accused of stealing and vandalizing council property – library books, to be exact. This was to be an early chapter in an unlikely saga that would ultimately spell the end for one of the country’s most promising and infamous playwrights.

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