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A most endearing story,
This review is from: West End Girls (Hardcover)
With her warm heart and gentle inquisitiveness, Barbara has managed to turn Soho's prostitutes into real people. If you have seen and loved the film "Mrs Hendersons", you will love this book.
Full disclosure : I "discovered" this story and helped to get it published (I am not involved in the publishing business)
A few years ago, before I met Barbara Tate, I was given the original manuscript for West End Girls. Typed up in the 1970's on an old fashioned typewriter, bound in a rather hefty old lever arch folder, I started reading it in bed one night. At 5AM the next morning, I was still reading. There was something enthralling about the story - a real period piece, a subversive topic clothed in Barbara's deft, innocent and rather old fashioned turn of phrase. It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, something which Barbara so often emphasised to me herself.
Barbara's wonderland was the dark underbelly of Soho, and Mae the prostitute was her queen of hearts - vivacious, spontaneous, bitchy, and very good at her job. This book is an enthralling, fascinating and unique insight into the lives, hearts and minds of Soho's sex industry in the late 1940s. I enjoyed it so much I had to get it published, I think you will too.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2010, 17:53:44 BST
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2010, 17:54:39 BST
You must have made a rare sight lying in bed, "typed up in the 1970's on an old fashioned typewriter" and "bound in a rather hefty old lever arch folder". The things that some people will do to get a good night's sleep... Still, an informative and honest review, for which many thanks indeed.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2014, 06:23:11 GMT
Katherine McGrail says:
Oh, someone else who notices dangling participles!
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