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Alan Rickman’s 25 years of diaries will be published as a book

“The diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humor, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts,” Rima Horton – Rickman’s widow – said.

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In this photo, Alan Rickman poses for photographers on arrival at ‘BAFTA A Life In Pictures, with Alan Rickman’ in central London. Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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The late British actor Alan Rickman reportedly left behind a vast archive of diaries that cover the majority of the “Harry Potter” star’s celebrated career, and now they’ll be published for the world to see.

According to The Guardian, Rickman hand wrote 27 volumes that are filled with the actor’s gossipy, witty, and utterly candid musings about his life and career.

Per Rickman’s request, the accounts are being compiled into a single book that will be available for purchase worldwide.

The details

Canongate, a British book publishing company, has acquired the rights to Rickman’s diaries and is currently compiling them into a book, per AV Club.

  • The finished product will be aptly titled “The Diaries of Alan Rickman.”
  • Rickman started keeping a diary in the early 1990s as his acting career began to take off. He continued writing up until his death in 2016, Vulture reports.
  • The book will include everything from Rickman’s thoughts on acting to insights on friendships and politics, reviews of plays he saw, as well as behind-the-scenes “Harry Potter” stories, AV Club reports.
  • It was Rickman’s intention to publish the diaries himself before passing away of pancreatic cancer in 2016.

Release date

According to AV Club, the volumes are being edited and organized by Alan Taylor of the Scottish Review of Books. Canongate plans to publish “The Diaries of Alan Rickman” in the fall of 2022.

Key quote

Rima Horton — Rickman’s widow — recently spoke with The Guardian about “The Diaries of Alan Rickman.” She 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 humor, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts. ... (Rickman’s diaries are) anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid, they make compulsive reading and offer a peerless insight into the daily life of a remarkable actor who was as beloved in the U.S. as he surely was in the UK.