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Angel Pavement : J. B. Priestley :

That’s a dam’ queer name for a street, though I’ve known queerer names in my time. Do a bit of fretwork.

Rupert Hart-Davis, London, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. However heartfelt, this is also faintly disingenuous, for a close inspection of what was being written about him at the time suggests that he was being punished less for his success than for the sometimes wildly exaggerated claims made on his behalf.

Angel Pavement provides readers with a vivid picture of ordinary London life before the war and the blitz changed everything dramatically pavemetn is set against the background of the great depression. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

As it turns out, there are 2 of them – one from the 50s and one from the 60s unfortunately nowhere to be found for downloading. I don’t normally keep books pridstley reading but I’ll keep this one. Order by newest oldest recommendations. We met a couple of people in London in s, we spend a couple of weeks with them, some story lines has started, and most of them dropped in mid-air.


Later on Mr Golspie seems even more glamorous, when, shortly before leaving for a short trip, he asks her to take down letters on board the moored steamship Lemmalaand pours her some vodka. We begin by midbook to get the feeling that things may not work out for the best, as they do in the movies.

Following the outbreak of the Great War inPriestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France –in taking part in the Battle of Loos. And the cramped sitting room of the Smeeths, full of cheap ornaments proudly displayed, also just like my Gran.

We have what amounts to a large-cast Dickens or Trollope outing, complete with competing narrative threads and class discordance. In fact, at points the Prietley set pieces and face-offs begin more and more to resemble the more latter-day style of absurdity meeting staunch postwar reserve.

JB Priestley: adventures of the ‘tradesman of letters’

Angel Pavement is one of the great London novels: A good book, rather sad overall. Criticism … borrowed ‘bestseller’ from the book trade, where it means what it says and nothing more, and made it pejorative.

Priestley began this novel in Octoberaround the time when his previous novel, The Good Companions, was taking off in a big way. Jul 04, Alan Mackay rated it really liked it. He powerfully evokes the social background of the period, especially the constant fear of unemployment among people who lived from week to week and could barely afford to save.

After a short delay, he is admitted to Mr Dersingham’s office, and there is a long discussion, after which both men leave mysteriously. Both could be described as soap operas but none the worse for that. The title track was a cover of the song by Tom Evans of The Iveys who later changed their name to Badfinger.


It is vintage Priestley. Angel Pavement ‘s storyline can be given in a paragraph.

Angel Pavement

Aug 09, Auriel Roe rated it really liked it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The cast is small, yet we feel sympathy for all the inhabitants of the office of Twigg and Dersingham, Angel Pavement. Priestley’s own verdict, in his memoir Margin Releasedwas that he was a victim of straightforward snobbery, that fixed English idea, as he put it, “that anything widely popular must necessarily be bad. Into their lives strides the larger than life Mr Golspie, with promises of cheap imports from abroad and easy profits to be made and his glamorous daughter.

Presumably not fashionable in his own time, they were probably keen to forget the War had ever been. She is bored, and takes him out to the cinema, flirting with him afterwards.

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Refresh and try again. Ponderous descriptions but I loved the detail, many wouldn’t, unused to the absurd.

Turgis has become obsessed with Lena Golspie, and jumps on a chance to see her again when he delivers some money from her father. They go on a second date, but she does not turn up to a third date, and he is devastated.