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Soho in the Eighties
By (author): Christopher Howse
9781472914804 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade HISTORY / Social History Nov 06, 2018 Print Run: 3000
$40.00 CAD
Active 6.46 x 9.41 x 0.99 in 288 pages 1 x 8pp plate section and maps Bloomsbury Bloomsbury Continuum
In the 1980s Daniel Farson publishedSoho in the Fifties. This memoir is a sequel from the Eighties, a decade that saw the brilliant flowering of a daily tragi-comedy enacted in pubs like the Coach and Horses or the French and in drinking clubs like the Colony Room. These were places of constant conversation and regular rows fuelled by alcohol. The cast was more improbable than any soap opera. Some were widely known--Jeffrey Bernard, Francis Bacon, Tom Baker or John Hurt. Just as important were the character actors: the Village Postmistress, theRed Baron, Granny Smith. The bite came from the underlying tragedy: lost spouses, lost jobs, pennilessness, homelessness, and death. Christopher Howse recaptures the lost Soho he once knew as home, its cellar cafés and butchers' shops, its villains, and its generosity. While it lasted, time in those smoky rooms always seemed to be half past ten, not long to closing time. As the author relates, he never laughed so much as he did in Soho in the Eighties.

Christopher Howse is a writer and assistant editor at the Daily Telegraph. He is a regular contributor totheSpectator. His books includeThe Train in Spain,Sacred Mysteries andA Pilgrim in Spain.

“Howse is Soho's Boswell ... this is an astonishing piece of reportage ... It is also a piece of social history that will be vital in future decades for anyone who wants to know what Soho wasreally like.” —Harry Mount, The Tablet

“Elegiac … [a] sensitive, well-drawn book” —Will Self, Guardian

“Opening this book is like walking into a heavy drinkers' pub ... Fortunately the Virgil guiding readers through this particular hell is Christopher Howse ... Thorough and likeable” —Financial Times

“Howse is […] such a deft sketcher of people that we feel as if we do know them” —Daily Telegraph

“Honesty is the thread that holds his book together. It WAS like that” —Nicholas Lezard, Spectator

“InSoho in the Eighties Howse chronicles a doomed world of "poets, painters, retired prostitutes, actors, criminals, musicians and general layabouts"” —The Times

“Like a prose poem by Philip Larkin” —Daily Mail

“A wonderfully beady and evocative picture of a bohemian society – drunk and dissolute, irresponsible, individualistic, undeceived” —Mail on Sunday

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