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Pre-eminently a dramatist, novelist and social commentator many of prieetley works have become literary classics, among them The Good Companions, Angel Pavement, An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways. Jul 16, Rachel Stevenson rated it liked it.

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I suppose Priestley has gone out of fashion; this new edition seems timely, then. This has no real tricks up its sleeve, but draws the reader nonetheless. The next evening, Mr Golspie takes Mr Smeeth out for a drink at the White Horseand tells him he ought to ask for a rise.

To view it, click here. Gradually, as these dreams are brought out to be investigated, gently mocked or, in one two cases, ambiguously resolved in the dreamer’s favour, Angel Pavement ‘s other key prieztley begins to declare itself.

The firm is struggling: He wonders if Mr Prjestley absence indicates that they are all about to lose their jobs.

Interestingly Priestley doesn’t indulge in back stories. It should not be overlooked that Priestley was an outstanding essayist, and many of his short pieces best capture his passions and his great talent and his mastery of the English language. Refresh and try again.

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Return to Book Page. Angel Pavement provides readers with a vivid picture of ordinary London life before the war and the blitz changed everything dramatically and is set against the background of the great depression.

Priestley began this novel in Octoberaround the time when his previous novel, The Good Companions, was taking off in a big way. One would not feel like attacking such a “competent and agreeable novel”, Orwell writes, “if Mr Priestley had not been so extravagantly praised. Mr Golspie sacks Mr Turgis.

Business at the firm has been struggling but Mr.

For all the chaos unleashed by the depredations of Mr Golspie — a character whom it is impossible to dislike on account of his sheer animal vigour — the novel ends on an up, with most of its cast galvanised into some kind of new relationship with a world that had previously held them in its thrall.

Aug 30, Keith rated it really liked it Shelves: Even Turgis, bruised, beaten and dismissed, his romantic dreams crushed into fragments and his person flung down the office stairs by his indifferent ladylove’s outraged father, finds solace in the regard of Poppy Sellers, the junior typist.

JB Priestley: adventures of the ‘tradesman of letters’

He returns to his rented room and considers pavemnet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A good book, rather sad overall. The firm, which imports veneers and inlays to sell to cabinet makers and furniture manufacturers, is struggling to cope with the consequences of poor management, declining demand and an economy hardly geared to a sudden improvement in trade. The story ;riestley us from Englishman’s-home-is-his-castle pomp to the familiar threadbare boarding house existence, a matter of streets or tube stops away.

The Best Books of Golspie from the Baltic region. Angel Pavement may sound colourful and romantic as an address, but, in truth, it is a typical City side street, except that it is shorter, narrower and dingier than most. Aug 16, Malcolm Noble rated it it pavemen amazing. Angel Angl by J. The priestlwy depicts the unabashed Golspies on their way to South America. All the same, the thought of a agel that is changing out of all recognition and bringing with it a set of daunting existential challenges is difficult to ignore, and the general effect is rather as if The Waste Land had been rewritten for the variety hall stage.


Priestleypublished in after the enormous success of The Good Companions. Turgis hungers for love and sex; Miss Matfield longs for adventure and excitement. Ponderous descriptions but I loved the detail, many wouldn’t, unused to the absurd. If you are interested in social history this is a fantastic book, I loved the detail, for instance the tobacconists shop round the corner from the office, Turgis setting out for the bright lights of London’s West End on a Saturday night or the dreadful dinner party with the couple recently back from Singapore.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Nearly 30 years after his death, although Priestley’s plays are regularly revived and there remains a folk memory of his considerable impact as a war-time broadcaster, his novels are usually regarded as the quaintest of period curios: Some of anegl I remembered as dim reflections from my Grandparents, such as the Front Room which was kept respectable and never used except for high days and holidays.

It is packed with life and death and real people and colour and smells and the sounds of music and the tastes of food and drink.

Turgis has become obsessed with Lena Golspie, and jumps on a chance to see her again when he delivers some money from her father.