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'.
Wow! An Alexander Baron novel with your name on it, you should be honoured! What an achievment, have already read the book - shall order this edition anyway to see what you made of it yourself Andrew!
I see another career dawning. The London critic.
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