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.