London Belongs to Me (Penguin Modern Classics)

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London Belongs to Me (Penguin Modern Classics)

London Belongs to Me (Penguin Modern Classics)

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They last saw the light of day in 2011, during rehearsals for Trevor Nunn’s production of Terence Rattigan’s 1941 play Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in which I appeared as Mrs Oakes – ‘the hotelier from hell’, as she was described in the Daily Mail review. As Ed Gilnert says in his introduction ‘Mrs Vizzard is the embodiment of unbridled capitalism, replete with all its vices; lust, greed, conceit and paranoia. Had a browse just now and other Updike titles, which like the Salters are non-standard designs, also have cover quotes. Sheltered and contented amongst the shelves of silent ledgers (‘E to Egg-’) at Creek Lane EC2; it is if he’d never been away.

The novel touches on the lives of all the residents of 10 Dulcimer Street, with a number of sub-plots intertwined throughout, but there is no central character or single continuous plot. Although the Landlady is not one of the types represented among the playing cards, she was a familiar figure of the time. Her face perpetually made up in a doll-like mask, she forces her way into the lives of the inhabitants of Dulcimer Street, never one to miss the opportunity for a gossip, or a free meal, living hand to mouth as she does since the boards have given her up.One of the great city novels: a sprawling celebration of the comedy, savagery, eccentricity and heroism .

Ted, Mr Josser’s married son, personifies mediocre respectability: on becoming manager of the Co-op hardware department – one of Orwell’s ‘five-to-ten-pound-a-weekers’ – he thinks his six pound five a week at thirty-four is as good as it gets (Doris gets four as a typist and Josser Senior two for his pension).London Belongs to Me is a love letter to London and even the most skeptical or cynical readers will surrender to the many delights of this compelling narrative.

With the assistance of Mr Josser's staunchly socialist Uncle Henry ( Stephen Murray), they gather thousands of signatures on a petition to win him a reprieve.

Somewhere in our loft, there is a box containing jigsaws, board games and a very particular pack of ‘Old Maid’ cards dating from the 1940s. Here we have a huge, rambling, ramshackle t London Belongs to Me was a massive popular success when first published in 1945, selling not far off a million copies.

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