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Alan Rickman's 25 Years Worth Of Handwritten Diaries Will Be Published As One Book

Alan Rickman's 25 Years Worth Of Handwritten Diaries Will Be Published As One Book

The diaries of late actor Alan Rickman are to be published as one whole book in the autumn of 2022.

The 'witty, gossipy and utterly candid' entries are said to have been written over more than 25 years and will be edited down.

Alan Rickman. Credit: PA
Alan Rickman. Credit: PA

According to The Guardian, the Harry Potter actor always planned that the diaries - which he started writing in the 90s - would one day be published.

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Publisher, Canongate, has acquired the rights to the diaries and plans to publish The Diaries of Alan Rickman in autumn 2022.

The book will be edited by Alan Taylor, editor of the Scottish Review of Books. He put together The Country Diaries.

Rickman's widow Rima Horton said: "I'm delighted that Canongate will be publishing Alan's diaries, and couldn't have wished for a finer appointment of editor than Alan Taylor.

"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."

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Alan Rickman played Severus Snape in Harry Potter. Credit: Warner Bros
Alan Rickman played Severus Snape in Harry Potter. Credit: Warner Bros

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Alan Taylor told The Guardian that Rickman's diaries were 'anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid'.

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He added: "They make compulsive reading and offer a peerless insight into the daily life of a remarkable actor who was as beloved in the US as he surely was in the UK."

Canongate also commented on the news, saying: "More than anything though, the diaries reveal the real Alan Rickman, funny, passionate, occasionally provocative, and give fresh insight into his art.

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"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."

Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

Back in 2018, a collection of personal letters belonging to Rickman were due to go up for auction revealing that, at times, the actor felt frustrated in the role and concerned about how it fit into the wider Harry Potter franchise.

The collection was made up of letters and postcards from various actors and entertainment players - including Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter.

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David Heyman - the producer who cast Rickman in the famous role - was one of the people who wrote to Rickman after the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, saying: "Thank you for making HP2 a success. I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant."

In a series of notes about Snape's development, he wrote: He wrote: "It's as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal."

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