London Belongs to Me by Norman CollinsAlso known as Dulcimer Street, Norman Collinss London Belongs to Me is a Dickensian romp through working-class London on the eve of the Second World War. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Ed Glinert, author of The London Compendium.
It is 1938 and the prospect of war hangs over every London inhabitant. But the city simply doesnt stop. Everywhere people continue to work, drink, fall in love, fight and struggle to get on in life. At the lodging-house at No.10 Dulcimer Street, Kennington, the buttoned-up clerk Mr Josser returns home with the clock he has received as a retirement gift. The other residents include the faded actress Connie; tinned food-loving Mr Puddy; widowed landlady Mrs Vizzard (whose head is turned by her new lodger, a self-styled Professor of Spiritualism); and flashy young mechanic Percy Boon, whose foray into stolen cars descends into something much, much worse...
Norman Collins (1907-1982) was a British writer, and later a radio and television executive, who was responsible for creating Womans Hour on BBC Radio 4, and became one of the major figures behind the establishment of the Independent Television (ITV) network in the UK. In all Norman Collins wrote 16 novels and two plays, including London Belongs to Me (1945), The Governors Lady (1968) and The Husbands Story (1978).
If you enjoyed London Belongs to Me, you might like Sam Selvons The Lonely Londoners, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
One of the great city novels: a sprawling celebration of the comedy, the savagery, the eccentricity and the quiet heroism at the heart of ordinary London life
Sarah Waters, author of The Night Watch
London Belongs to Me
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A collection of people live in a boarding house in South London. One of them is arrested for murder and the others petition for his reprieve. The third collaboration between director Sidney Gilliat and star Alastair Sim after Waterloo Road and Green For Danger , London Belongs To Me is an even quirkier attempt at fusing Sim 's eccentric persona with Gilliat 's acute social observation and fondness for undermining generic conventions. Throughout the film, it's never quite clear whether it's a suspense thriller, a psychological drama, a comedy or a slice of social realism, and this ambiguity works to its advantage. This time round, Sim 's fake psychic Henry Squales is a genuinely seedy and unpleasant figure, opportunistically conning the credulous Mrs Vizzard Joyce Carey not only into believing in his nonexistent powers but also into agreeing to marry him, thus giving him the security that has clearly and rightly eluded him thus far. Squales is a far more disreputable figure than young Percy Boon Richard Attenborough , who at least has a well-meaning excuse for his various crimes, though not enough to prevent him from being tried for murder at the Old Bailey and sentenced by a jury who had clearly been influenced by the previous year's Brighton Rock d.