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Wide Boys Never Work [Hardcover]

Robert Westerby , Iain Sinclair
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16 Oct 2008
First published in 1937, Wide Boys Never Work brings the streets of pre-war London alive in the tradition of other great low-life novelists such as Gerald Kersh and James Curtis, and is a forgotten gem rich in both its snappy dialogue and vibrant prose style. This new edition from London Books comes with an introduction by the respected chronicler of the capital, Iain Sinclair, who cites Wide Boys Never Work as one of his favourite London novels.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: London Books (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955185157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955185151
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Types on your eyeballs with a hot needle 8 Nov 2008
Unlike the first three of the London Books (forgotten) Classics series I had never heard of Robert Westerby or this book Wide Boys Never Work. Westerby it seems started life as a gritty London author of street literature who finished up screenwriting for Uncle Walt in California. He wrote this story of a disaffected provincial factory worker getting wrapped up with a seedy London crime gang at a ridiclously young age and as Iain Sinclair who wrote the quirky intro and end notes he 'types on your eyeballs with a hot needle'. It's good. Westerby was an angry young man when the accepted angry young men were angry young babies.
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