Just out from Five Leaves' New London Editions - Alexander Baron's very fine first London novel, Rosie Hogarth. Back in print for the first time in decades. And I would say it's a good read - I've written the introduction.
It was first published in 1951 and tells the story of an inward-looking working class community in south Islington (it's set somewhere near Chapel Market) traversing through the profound changes brought about by the Second World War.
The novel has a very strong sense of place. It's certainly one of the best London novels of its era, and a kind and compassionate look at a community described in the 1950s as 'one of the last atolls of the old time cockney life'.
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