Julian Maclaren-Ross perhaps was one of the most colourful, gifted and underappreciated writers of his time. More often than not, he was seen standing at the Wheatsheaf pub in Fitzrovia wearing a camel-hair coat with a malacca cane in hand, carnation buttonhole, mirrored sunglasses and cigarette holder; his presence was part gangster, part soho dandy. Maclaren-Ross knew and wrote about the other habitues of wartime Soho including Dylan Thomas, Graham Green, Cyril Connolly, Stephen Spender, John Minton and Nina Hamnett. He has been admired by writers as diverse as Evelyn Waugh, Olivia Manning, Anthony Powell (who modeled his character X Trapnel in A Dance to the Music of Time after him) and John Betjeman. Collected Memoirs offers all of Maclaren-Ross's autobiographical works including the acclaimed 'Memoirs of the Forties' and 'The Weeping and the Laughter' as well as several stories which have never appeared in book form. He writes in the so-called 'narrative journalistic' style that seems well ahead of its time. Paul Willetts, Maclaren-Ross's biographer, introduces Collected Memoirs with a thorough and vivid depiction of Maclaren-Ross and the world he inhabited.