I Had It In Me (Hardcover)

A Memoir

By Leonie Orton

Quirky Press, 9780992883423, 216pp.

Publication Date: June 16, 2017

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Had It In Me is the memoir of Leonie Orton, youngest sister of the controversial playwright, Joe Orton. Leonie tells her own story of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 1950s as her brother rose to become a remarkable writer. For the first time she recounts how the family coped with his brutal murder and lost diaries. She also describes her fight to educate herself, nurture her own family and eventually take over the management of her brother’s legacy. In short, how she became the successful woman she is today.

The memoir includes previously unseen family photographs, a chapter on Joe's missing diaries, reference notes and a detailed index.

Hardback (216pp) including central photo section (24 photos), notes and detailed index.

Praise For I Had It In Me: A Memoir

A wonderful memoir, intensely moving and hilariously funny. Like her brother, Joe, Leonie Orton uses dark comedy with devastating effect to pinpoint the stark truths about families, love, sex and death. I couldn't put it down.
Jake Arnott

A remarkable memoir.
Nick Hern

A terrific story. Gets under your skin.
John Lahr

This wonderful memoir not only offers personal insights into playwright Joe Orton's early years in post-war Leicester but also a moving and inspirational account of adversity overcome.
Emma Parker, University of Leicester