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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing picture of post-war low life, 3 Jun. 2014
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Sewell Stokes is a good and funny writer. This is an account (fictionalised) of the four years he spent as a probation officer just after WWII. It was turned into a film (with Joan Collins and Cecil Parker): I Believe in You. This excellent film is NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD, and nor are many similar black and white gems. Back to the book: some odd "customers" pass through Stokes's office, from an alcoholic aristocrat to a youth with a sweet smile and strange habits. Stokes manages to get in a few digs at colleagues who should have opted for a different career: the dear old thing who just "loves everybody", but yells abuse at a teenage prostitute; the man with "nerves" who never does a stroke of work; the superannuated Bright Young Thing who thinks a new hat will solve a girl's problems. (When will film companies realise that we want to be able to see ALL the films that were EVER MADE, not just cheesy mainstream blockbusters. Don't they have any real film buffs on their staff? Come back, Leslie Halliwell!) And if you think s*x**l intercourse was invented in 1963, this book might open your eyes. It's nice to know that many of the magistrates were lenient to the "importuners" picked up by police.
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