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A Twentieth Century Classic
London, 1958-Soho, Notting Hill… a world of smoky jazz clubs, coffee bars, and hip hangouts in the center of London’s emerging youth culture. The young and restless – the absolute beginners – were creating a world as different as they dared from the traditional image of England’s green and pleasant land. Follow our young photographer as he records the moments of a young teenager’s life in the capital – sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, the era of the first race riots and the lead up to the swinging sixties…
A twentieth century classic, Absolute Beginners remains the style bible for anyone interested in the Mod culture and paints a vivid picture of a changing society with insight and sensitivity.
What The Critics Said
'The 1959 novel by Colin MacInnes was once described by Paul Weller as "the ultimate mod book". Written in the 'Beat' style of Kack Kerouac...describing their love of Italian style, from suits to cappuccinos, the novel captured the fat-moving, cosmopolitan style craved by the mods.'
'The ultimate multicultural mélange. An adulterated joy'
'MacInnes is a lyrical celebrator of contemporary London, and above all, a writer with a purpose'