Sunday, 17 July 2016

STRIKE HEAVEN ON THE FACE - CHARLES CALITRI


FREDERICK MULLER LTD
FIRST PRINTING 1959
LONDON, UK

In this novel of tremendous impact, Charles Calitri tells the story of a courageous man, a typical American small town...and a discovery that threatened to blow the town off its staid foundations.

It started with rumours about what was going on in the high school-talk of clandestine love affairs, violence, whispers of a sex club.

Walter Davis, the new dean of Barthorne High, determined he would find out about it and do what he could to correct it, to protect the students. He felt as responsible for them as he did for his own daughter and sons. But when he assembled the shocking facts, he ran into a stone wall of opposition from those whose attitude was: "It's none of our business; they didn't do it in the locker-room....We're not a social welfare organization."

With the lines drawn, the conflict exploded, and before it was over, parents, teachers, students, school and county officials had taken sides. The roots extended deep into the heart of Barthorne itself and in one way or another almost everyone was involved.

The story of how Dean Davis brought the town together out of a situation that almost tore it apart is thrilling and inspiring. It is filled with people you come to know and like or dislike, just as you do their counterparts in your own town. For Barthorne is much like any other community-composed mainly of decent, fair-minded people with the same educational problems as your own.

Here at last is a positive, hopeful novel about a generation in anguish-the parents as well as the children. The story of Walter Davis's battle with bad jnfluence, ignorance, fear and indifference, dramatically told by an author who has devoted his life to teaching, bears the authentic and sometimes terrifying stamp of truth.

Monday, 11 July 2016

OPIUM - JEAN COCTEAU


ICON BOOKS B1
NO DATE
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY PETER OWEN LTD 1957
LONDON, UK
COVER DESIGN BY FISK

ABOUT THIS BOOK

In December 1928, Jean Cocteau entered a clinic near Paris hoping for a cure from opium addiction. He remained there some months and during this time wrote the main body of notes which form this book.
Cocteau himself describes OPIUM as the Diary of a Cure; but it is not a diary in the conventional sense for this is no mere record of day-to-day treatment, and it is  as different in style as it is in content from that other famous testimony of an opium eater by Thomas De Quincy.
Here then is an account-totally free from self-pity-by one of the greatest of living writers, of a deeply harrowing experience.
This first paperback edition of OPIUM includes many drawings that Cocteau made during his treatment which convey, even more graphically than the text. the splendours and miseries of drug addiction.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

BLOOD IN MY EYE - GEORGE JACKSON


PENGUIN BOOKS 01400.38787
FIRST PRINTING 1975
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY JONATHAN CAPE 1972
COVER PHOTO BY PAUL POPPER LTD
MIDDLESEX, UK

George Jackson completed the manuscript of Blood in my Eye just a few days before he was shot and killed while, it is alleged, attempting to escape from the maximum-security prison at San Quentin. His story became known to millions with the publication of Soledad Brother.

Blood in my Eye takes up where Soledad Brother left off - it is a devastating and passionate critique of American society and a programme for destruction.

'Whether or not George Jackson's analysis proves prophetic, the power and despairing clarity of his writing makes him one of the great voices of the American Left.'
- Sunday Times

Saturday, 9 July 2016

THE YOUNG WOLVES - HANK JANSON


COMPACT BOOKS F345
FIRST PRINTING 1968
LONDON, UK

the young wolves

They hunted as a pack, terrorizing the town with looting, fire-raising and rape...

A chance meeting with an old friend, whom he finds distraught and angry, puts Hank Janson on the trail of a gang of youths who appear to have been trained by some mysterious background character in all the ignoble arts of terror and extortion.
Joe Radinski had good cause to be angry; because he had refused to "co-operate" with the gang his 12-year old daughter had been brutally imprisoned and raped by these boys, for whom a conveniently arranged alibi had served to prevent any effective police action against them.
Gradually but remorselessly, Hank moves in on the gang's home ground, vowing to tear it apart, with his bare hands if necessary. When he starts showing results, the hidden power hits back in predictably ruthless fashion; but by this time Hank has the assistance of the very attractive and nimble-witted Cilla, with her own good reasons for hating the gang. She not only saves him from a very tricky situation, and helps him in his quest for the identity of his mystery quarry, but also manages to excel in the more intimate arts of which hank is something of an expert and connoisseur.

Friday, 8 July 2016

IN HOT BLOOD - MERCER B. COOK

The grim story of a trio of young bloodthirsty hoodlums who swept across the country leaving a trail of robbery, mayhem and finally a brutal mass murder!
As electrifying as today's headlines!


CHALLENGE BOOKS CB 201
FIRTS PRINTING 1966
CALIFORNIA, USA

in hot blood

Will make your blood run cold as the gripping story of three young hoodlums, their contempt for society and the final senseless murders of six innocent people unfolds. But this is more than a story of chilling tragedy. It's an inside look at the hearts and minds of killers and victims alike, a raw slice of life itself!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

STREETS OF SIN - MARK RYAN

A powerful novel of wild delinquents on the prowl...delving into the fruits of forbidden desires and violent passions!


BEDSIDE BOOKS BB 813
INITIAL EDITION 1959
NEW YORK, USA
COVER ART BY LOU MARCHETTI

WILD DESIRES...

and untamed passions were the driving forces that made the Barons street gang the mob of delinquent sinners that they were. With no respect for morality, these shameless hoods and their gang-girl debs killed, raped and lusted for love. Their twisted lives in the gutter led them to further dangerous crimes and...

SINFUL AFFAIRS!

Friday, 17 June 2016

PLAY IT COOL - JACK GERSTINE

Wild Days and Nights of a Young Hoodlum...


DIGIT BOOKS R 295
FIRST PRINTING NO DATE
LONDON, UK

The teeming streets of Brooklyn were a battle-ground for fifteen-year-old Joey Vanne. A bright personable kid, he might have gone far once, but he was already marked down as a 'Juvenile Delinquent'.

You've read before about boys like Joey-good kids gone wrong. But never before has there been such a blazingly real story-one that is utterly true to life-about today's teen-agers on the prowl.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A KIND OF LOVING - STAN BARSTOW


MICHAEL JOSEPH
FIRST PRINTING 1960
LONDON, UK
COVER ART BY ADRIAN BAILEY

Set against the background of a West Riding industrial town. A Kind of Loving is the story of a boy's physical infatuation with a girl whom he does not love. When, in his loneliness and romantic dream of the ideal mate, Victor Arthur Brown pursues Ingrid Rothwell he little realises the emotional crises in store for him nor how the events of the next two years will change his life; and in its examination of Vic's predicament the book takes on the wider significance of a study of some of the pitfalls which endanger youth as it fumbles its often uncharted way into adult life.
But this novel is no moral tract. The racy vernacular of the narrative is alive and vigorous and plunges the reader at the outset into the world of Vic's home, his working life, and his troubled relationship with Ingrid.
A Kind of Loving is a far cry from the civilised novel of manners, yet Victor Brown is no 'hero with a broken bottle.' He is to a great extent the prisoner of his own respectability-a respectability which, though it becomes strained to breaking point in the course of his relationship with Ingrid and her mother, the pseudo-refined and arrogant Mrs Rothwell, eventually combines with his innate decency and kindliness to determine him to seek an unselfish solution to his predicament. To do, as he puts it, 'what's right' and hope for 'a kind of loving' that will carry him through.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS - SHALOM ENDLEMAN

An analysis of the destructive impulses of society


GERALD DUCKWORTH 7156 0413 9
FIRST PRINTING 1969
LONDON, UK

Shootings, assassinations, mass murders, student protests, ghetto riots, police brutality, urban crime rackets-these things, as the events of recent years show, are now part of modern American life. Can they-will they soon-be part of ours?
This timely book searches for explanations of these things. What part, if any, does violence naturally play in life? Are we doomed to it? can we convert impulses towards destruction into more other useful directions?
Which ate the vested interests which seek to promote violence? What should be the role of the police? The 37 contributors to this collection include Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Jane Jacobs and Bruno Bettelheim. Their observations on the current situation in the States deserves immediate attention from all those in other countries who are concerned with changes in national character or with the preservation of public order.

Monday, 6 June 2016

THE PICTUREGOERS - DAVID LODGE

Love and brute desire...
cynicism and faith-
a compassionate, realistic and even shocking novel of urban Britain today


PAN BOOKS G586
FIRST PAN EDITION 1962
FORST PUBLISHED IN 1960 BY MCGIBBON & KEE LTD
COVER ART BY OWEN

THE PALLADIUM, Brickley...

To this seedy Saturday night Mecca came:

MARK-who mapped out a girls's body and knew just how far she would let him go...but had, too, a burning need to regain his faith.

CLARE-who helped restore it...but found her own beliefs undermined by a new-found passion.

HARRY-who wanted power over gangs and tarts...yet wilted under insults of an old woman.

FATHER KIPLING-angered by the bosom flaunting crudity of modern life...but too ineffectual to influence his own congregation.

And so many others-each of them seeking, searching, questing...

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

THE SHELTERING SKY - PAUL BOWLES

Strange Romance in the Exotic Desert


SIGNET BOOKS 840
FIRST PRINTING JANUARY 1951
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PUBLISHED BY NEW DIRECTIONS 1949
COVER ART BY HOOKS

Harem Bride

"The three wives of Belqassim strode into the room...They threw themselves upon Kit's prostrate form, wrenching the turban from her head and ripping her garments open by sheer force, so that all at once the upper part of her body was entirely unclothed...Then she felt the whip strike across her breasts. As she screamed, she reached out and grasped a head that bobbed in front of her...With all her might she pulled it downward and tried to rip the thing to shreds, but it would not tear; it merely became wet. The whip was making streaks of fire across her shoulders and back."

"The Sheltering Sky, it seems to me, is the finest lost-generation novel since the banks closed and the lost boys and girls began coming home from Montparnasse cafes to find themselves on the farms or in papa's factory."
-Lewis Gannett, New York Herald Tribune

PAUL BOWLES had achieved a distinguished reputation as a composer and a music critic before he turned to literature, in his early thirties. His first novel, The Sheltering Sky, published by New Directions, has been widely acclaimed by reviewers. Born in New York, he now lives in Tangiers.

Monday, 30 May 2016

OUT OF THE BURNING - IRA HENRY FREEMAN

THE SENSATIONAL, TRUE STORY OF FRENCHY, A TEEN-AGE GANGLEADER IN THE SLUMS OF BROOKLYN


CORGI BOOKS GG955
FIRST PRINTING IN GREAT BRITAIN 1961
LONDON, UK

TORN SAVAGELY OUT OF THE SORDID BROOKLYN SLUMS, THIS IS THE EXPLOSIVE STORY OF FRENCHY JOYEAUX-GANG LEADER....

BRUTAL
Street fights, muggings, beatings, zip guns....

TENDER
When kids, even in this uncompromising world, manage to fall hopelessly in love....

SHOCKING
Junkies, cellar club orgies and pathetic child prostitutes....

INSPIRING
Because sometimes - out of the burning - one kid climbs towards a new future.

BIG M-G-M FILM coming soon!

"Reeks with squalor and ends in triumph. An astonishing, important, inspiring book."
New York Herald Tribune

Thursday, 26 May 2016

THIS IS IT - HAL ELLSON

A SHOCKING STORY OF
AMERICAN TEEN-AGE GANGS


PEDIGREE BOOKS 
FIRST PRINTING MARCH 1958
LONDON, UK

Friday, 20 May 2016

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND THE LAW - A. E. JONES


PELICAN BOOKS A 158
FIRST PRINTING 1945
MIDDLESEX, ENGLAND

THE AUTHOR

A. E. JONES is the son of a father and mother who were both elementary school teachers, he went first to the local council school where his parents believed-and he agrees with them-that the best available primary education was to be obtained. He acquired no special knowledge of juvenile delinquency there, though he does remember that one of his fellow pupils achieved some notoriety by graduating to a reformatory. At the age of ten he won a scholarship to the county secondary school; seven years later he won a university scholarship. He left King's College, London, with a first class honours degree, and after a short spell in a City office, entered the service of the law. For close on 20 years he has been a magistrates' clerk and during that time he has had special occasion to study the problems of juvenile delinquency. Opportunities to study the more normal side of childhood have been afforded by his two daughters. For some time he has made a hobby of writing articles of technical interest for legal journals. This is his first full length book.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

BRIGHTON ROCK - GRAHAM GREENE


PAUL ZSOLNAY VERLAG
FIRST PRINTING 1948
WIEN, AUSTRIA

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

SEND ME NO LILLIES - PAUL DENVER

A penetrating account of what makes a jazz musician tick


CONSUL BOOKS 1448
FIRST PRINTING 1965
LONDON, UK

"Send Me No Lillies" takes a hard look at what makes a dedicated jazz musician tick; in particular, the inner compulsion which drives him and in the end compensates even for the destruction of his personal happiness.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

IS ROSEMARY YOUR DAUGHTER? - SHÄNNE SANDS

SHE LIVED FOR KICKS..'IT'S A BALL, MAN'.


NEVILLE SPEARMAN 
FIRST PRINTING 1967
LONDON, UK

Is Rosemary Your Daughter? is a shattering, true story that concerns every one of us.

Rosemary, the desperate lonely unwanted child of an unmarried mother. Her metamorphosis from a young teenager into Bloody Mary the beatnik raging and torn-worn out with its own rottenness. Beaten by its own sorrow.
In England today there are many who are sick in mind and body, but surely nothing can touch for sadness and shame the mixed-up, untidy lives of England's outcast young. the unwanted, the beats and the bastards. All the out-to-shock-the-world young who are tarnished before they even know what life is about.
Rosemary lived for 'kicks', for 'it's a ball, man'. Drugs and sex followed her everywhere, along with the long-haired, unwashed males she slept around with.
Rosemary began by being lonely and unhappy. She took her own life after the jazz and jabs became unbearable, because nobody cared a damn about her.

Monday, 16 May 2016

GIRLS AND GANGS - DON JAMES

 A Revealing Case-History Report On The Frightening Growth Of Female Delinquency


MONARCH BOOKS MB 534
PAPERBACK ORIGINAL - FIRST PRINTING MARCH 1963
DERBY, CONNECTICUT, USA
COVER ART BY RAFAEL M. DESOTO

WHAT ABOUT THE GIRLS?

A great deal has been written about boys who, as members of street gangs, flout the law and make a mockery of civilised rules of behavior. But what about the girls? How large a part is played by them in the spreading sickness called juvenile delinquency?

Unfortunately the girls, who had until recently been satisfied to play a subordinate role in gangdom, are now taking off on their own, stealing, fighting, gouging and killing-all for glory, revenge and kicks.

Here is a comprehensive study of this new development, a case-history account of girls "gone wrong," of teen-agers who resort to prostitution, alcohol and dope-anything that will implement their rebellion and give them status in their own crime-infested, immoral world.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

SCRUBBERS - ALEXIS LYKIARD

It's a crime what Borstal can do to a girl.


STAR BOOKS 0 352 32343 9
FIRST PRINTING 1982
LONDON, UK
MOVIE-TIE IN

'scrubbers'

Annetta and Carol - when they broke out of Borstal they were friends. But now they're caught, back inside, sent to the tough, closed Borstal - it's different. Annetta thinks Carol's betrayed her - and she's going to get her brutal revenge.

SCRUBBERS is a glimpse into a closed world - the violence, the hopelessness, the uneasy alliances between the inmates, built on love and lust and fear. But SCRUBBERS also captures the unique affinity that exists between the prisoners, the rough, bawdy humour that helps them endure the desperate life behind prison bars.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

TOMBOY - HAL ELLSON

A Shocking Novel of Teen-Age Gang Life in the Slums of Manhattan


BANTAM BOOKS 945
FIRST PRINTING OCTOBER 1951
NEW YORK, USA

A GRAVE CHALLENGE

"IN HIS NEW NOVEL, Hal Ellson rips aside the words 'juvenile delinquency' and shows the full extent of the horror and tragedy beneath.

"Far more graphic than court records or newspaper reports, his shocking picture of the operation of teen-age gangs exposes one of the major social problems of our large cities. Mr. Ellson's aim is not only to describe the deplorable practices of groups of so-called hoodlums, but to point directly to two of the chief causes of their delinquency: first, always, their appalling home life; second, the maelstrom outside in which they are set adrift-an environment compounded of crime, violence, poverty, insecurity and fear.

"Some readers may feel that the author could have presented his case more persuasively by replacing some of the sensationalism with constructive scenes, but Mr. Ellson seems deliberately to have avoided this method. He takes the whole shocking and brutal story and flings it down as a challenge. There can be no argument, at any rate, as to whom it may concern. It concerns us all."

-reprinted from the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Friday, 13 May 2016

GANG RUMBLE - EDWARD RONNS

The city streets became a jungle of fear and terror!


RED SEAL BOOKS 153
NO DATE
LONDON, UK

GANG WAR!

The time:
Saturday night-eleven o'clock.

The place:
Sandor's Bowling Alley.

The operation:
Lancers vs. Violets in a teen-age gang rumble destined to shake the city to its concrete core.

The result:
Death - sudden, violent, and senseless.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

TAFFY - PHILIP B. KAYE

"..A FIERCE, JARRING AND IMPORTANT
PIECE OF WORK.." N.Y. TIMES


AVON BOOKS 377
NO DATE (1951)
NEW YORK, USA
COVER ART BY RAY JOHNSON

"It is tough like 'Studs Lonigan'...a devastating chronicle...on juvenile delinquency..."
N.Y. DAILY MIRROR

"Mr. Kaye has written frightening, brilliant scenes that show Taffy and his gang getting drunk, robbing an apartment, playing pool, fighting. Taffy and his friends...are terribly alive, completely believable."
Saturday Review of Literature

"...terrifically human, this novel is a fierce, jarring, and important piece of work."
N.Y. Times

Rarely has a book so faithfully recorded the drama that unfolds daily in the slum sections of our great cities. The story of TAFFY could be the story of a kid any of us might know. We feel sure that after having read it, you will better understand the normal urges of youth and what happens when a sordid environment perverts a boy until delinquency results.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

PLAY IT COOL - JACK GERSTINE

WILD DAYS AND NIGHTS OF A YOUNG HOOD


ACE BOOKS D-337
FIRST PRINTING 1959
NEW YORK, USA

DELINQUENCY'S ONE-WAY STREET

The teeming streets of Brooklyn were a battleground for fifteen-year old Joey Vanne. A bright, personable kid, he might have gone far once, but he was already marked a "Juvenile Delinquent."
It all began when Joey learned that being handy with his fists made him a Big Shot with his gang and with the girls who hung around his cellar club. At times Joey dreamed of getting out of the rat race-until the day a raped girl's father went after him with a butcher knife. Joey was not guilty of the rape. But the police were also looking for him and the only thing that might save him now was the zip gun hidden in his jacket.
You've read about boys like Joey Vanne-good kids gone wrong. But never before has there been such a blazingly real story-one that is utterly true to life-about today's teen-agers on the prowl.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

MARIHUANA - WILLIAM IRISH

A cheap and evil girl sets 
a hopped-up killer against a city.



DELL 10c BOOKS  11
NO DATE
NEW YORK, USA
THIS STORY FIRST APPEARED IN 'DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY'
COVER ART BY BILL FLEMING

"...roaming the streets...a menace, a living death, to anyone that crosses his path."

MARIHUANA turns weak King Turner into a deadly weapon, a conscienceless killer with no more human feeling than a hooded cobra or a mad dog. Turner is the novice taken along to a "ranch" to blaze weed; his reactions to the drug were intended to provide comedy for his veteran-smoker companions. Then Turner gets his hands on a knife-and a gun!

Monday, 9 May 2016

THE TOUGH ONES - WHIT and HALLIE BURNETT

Stories of life in the raw by
NORMAN MAILER
ROBERT PAYNE
STUART CLOETE
and many other world-famous authors


POPULAR LIBRARY (GIANT) G352
FIRST PRINTING JULY 1959
NEW YORK, USA

EMOTIONAL UNDERWORLD

In each of these masterpieces of realistic fiction you'll meet people whose lives were violently wrenched from the conventional pattern:

Wives with too much time on their hands...
and husbands with other men's wives on
their minds. Sensible women suddenly
gone native in the tropics...and proper
young girls trying to grow up too fast.

Each of these stories carries its unique impact. Together they provide an unforgettable journey through the underworld of human emotions.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

EAT THE CAKE AND HAVE IT - JAN MAAT

A hopeless drug addict with a fifteen-year-old mistress hell-bent on destroying him and his family.


SPHERE BOOKS 566928
FIRST PRINTING 1970
LONDON, UK

Set in America, this powerful new novel traces the destruction of the secure and wealthy Dainsby household by their teenage drug-addict son.

The boy is dominated body and soul, by his fifteen-year-old mistress who is bitterly determined to destroy him and his family. When this couple take refuge in the Dainsbys' country house, the tragedy that ensues savagely exposes the failures and errors below the circumspect surface of the family.

"Jan Maat stylizes the violence of American society by writing uín staccato phrases that record the inexorable hopelessness of a family without love or understanding."
-TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Saturday, 7 May 2016

A HATFUL OF RAIN - MICHAEL VINCENTE GAZZO

A Shocking Drama of Raw Human Needs
A 20th Century-Fox production,
starring Eva Marie Saint,
Don Murray, Anthony Franciosa,
and Lloyd Nolan, Filmed 
in CinemaScope

Including 8 pages of scenes from the movie


SIGNET BOOKS S1412
FIRST PRINTING JUNE 1957
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY RANDOM HOUSE
NEW YORK, USA

Compulsion!

A powerful movie and one of the most outspoken Broadway hits of recent years, this is the compelling drama of a secret drug addict - sick, ashamed and desperate - whose baffling behavior drives his troubled wife into his brother's arms.

"Has scenes of frightening power." -Time

Friday, 6 May 2016

YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN - DOROTHY BAKER

The brilliant, tough and racy novel of a great jazz musician


TOWER BOOKS T-409
FIRST PRINTING JULY 1946
CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA
COVER ART BY GUNTER

The theme of this novel is as old history-the battle of the artist against the world. But the subject of it is as new as the latest dance tune. Young Man with a Horn is the story of a jazz musician who is a genius in the art of "swing," of his meteoric rise to fame, and of the burning conflict between body and spirit.

Rick Martin is still in his early twenties when a famous orchestra leader hears him and brings him to New York, where he becomes a sensation, recognized as the greatest trumpeter in the business. He is unswervingly devoted to one thing-his music. Then, in a Harlem night club, he meets Amy North, brilliant, perverse, complex-everything that Rick is not.

Here is a story with a ring of truth; the story of an artist burdened with that difficult baggage-the soul of an artist. The clean-cut, unpretentious style, the rapid tempo are beautifully in keeping with the theme.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

THE NAKED LUNCH - WILLIAM BURROUGHS


OLYMPIA PRESS TRAVELER'S COMPANION SERIES No 76
FIRST PRINTING 1959
PARIS, FRANCE

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

THE CHANGELING - ROBIN JENKINS

POWERFUL...
PROVOCATIVE...
With probing insight and complete honesty a major novelist explores the forces that drive a slum kid towards his final, terrible destiny.


CORGI BOOKS SN897
FIRST PRINTING 1960
LONDON
COVER ART BY RICHARDS

THE CHANGELING

The challenging, provocative story of a teen-age boy from the Glasgow slums, and the well-meaning schoolmaster whose attempts to rescue the boy from his sordid background ends in disaster.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

TERM OF TRIAL - JAMES BARLOW


HAMISH HAMILTON
 FIRST PRINTING 1961
LONDON, UK
COVER ART BY FRITZ WEGNER

JAMESS BARLOW'S new novel brings the oldest struggle in the world, the endless fight between good and evil, into IVc classroom in the slum Railway Street Secondary Modern School. Here are, under the care of Graham Wier, forty pupils, most of them dull, indifferent and hostile, but a few eager and worthwhile.
Wier, shabby, idealistic and sensitive, is a small man-many of his pupils are obviously far stronger than their teacher. His main enemy in IVc is Mitchell, a fifteen-year-old with the physique of a man and the cunning of his slum environment.
Mitchell's plans include the seduction of Shirley Taylor. In a form of pupils not very willing to learn, Shirley is outstanding. She is a shy, honest, likeable girl, attractive to Mitchell because of her physical appearance and to Wier because of her sincerity. But the battle is more complicated than Wiers knows, for Shirley is in love with her teacher. She is subtle despite her youth and persuades Wier to coach her at home. After a series of innocent episodes, Shirley concludes that her teacher is at last in love with her, and in a London hotel, she declares herself. But Wier's affections are those of a teacher; he rejects her-gently, even reluctantly, but irretrievably. Her love turns to immense hatred. Knowing how it will hurt him she goes with bitter eagerness to be soiled by Mitchell, and with a cunning heart and a shy face complains to her mother of Wier's behaviour.
A charge of indecent assault is brought against Wier and the evidence is alarming. Events that were tender, innocent, now assume a guilty aspect. His trial in the magistrate's court and the effect of the trial upon his life form the climax of the book.
James Barlow's last novel, The Patriots, was one of the big fiction successes of 1960. Film rights were sold for a high price, and it was the Book Society's Choice, has been published in America and is now being translated into nine foreign languages. Term Of Trial, with its frank understanding of today's young delinquents and the awful power they can command, will, we believe create a still greater sensation.