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London belongs to me

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Publisher: Penguin

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 752 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0141442336 | Isbn-13: 9780141442334 | Publish date: 

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Book Description
It is 1938 and the prospect of war hangs over every London inhabitant. But the city doesn't stop. Everywhere people continue to work, drink, fall in love, fight and struggle to get on in life. At the lodging-house at No.10 Dulcimer Street, Kennington, the buttoned-up clerk Mr. Josser returns home with the clock he has received as a retirement gift. The other residents include faded actress Connie; tinned food-loving Mr. Puddy; widowed landlady Mrs. Vizzard (whose head is turned by her new lodger, a self-styled 'Professor of Spiritualism'); and flashy young mechanic Percy Boon, whose foray into stolen cars descends into something much, much worse.
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    London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins


    First published 1945; this edition Penguin 2008


    No tasteful old jacket here, I’m afraid – this is an old book, but a recent favourite. The cover photo looks north up Charing Cross Road, from the entrance to the old Astoria. Almost everything ...continue

    London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins

    First published 1945; this edition Penguin 2008

    No tasteful old jacket here, I’m afraid – this is an old book, but a recent favourite. The cover photo looks north up Charing Cross Road, from the entrance to the old Astoria. Almost everything you can see has since vanished.

    London Belongs to Me isn’t great art, but the definition of a Modern Classic is pretty broad these day; it’s a well-written, well plotted, big old-fashioned saga, built around the intersecting lives of the tenants of a Kennington lodging house, before and after the outbreak of the Second World War. If you enjoy RF Delderfield, or movies such as Millions Like Us, you’ll enjoy this chunky and unpretentious read.
    The book was a massive success, and was swiftly filmed. Norman Collins was primarily a broadcaster – he created Dick Barton, was a television pioneer, and went on to join the board of ATV and later ITN.

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