The London Novels
|Publication Date||25th April 2005|
Bringing together three of Colin McInnes’ finest works, this exciting omnibus explores a very different side of London life in the 1950s than is usually portrayed. His characters are colourful and real, painting vivid pictures of areas such as Brixton and Notting Hill at this time. The stories of friendship, love and growing up dance on a background of jazz and good times, as London’s staid reputation progresses to that of a thriving multiracial capital. A man ahead of his time, MacInnes displayed the realities of 1950s London: an emerging teen culture, black immigration and the glamourisation of crime and criminals with remarkable insight and sympathy.
A talented off-beat journalist and social observer, bisexual MacInnes was a champion of black and youth culture. He is best known for this trilogy of London novels and sadly died of cancer in 1976.