Colin MacInnes

Colin MacInnes’s books were popular with moddy/suedehead types in the late 70s/early 80s. His London triology in particular were widely read: City of Spades (1957), Absolute Beginners (1959) and Mr Love & Justice (1960).
The dire 1986 film of Absolute Beginners killed their popularity somewhat but that’s no fault of the books. It was just you’d be a nebbish to be seen with a copy of Absolute Beginners when the film came out.
Along with Sam Selvon’s Lonely Londoners and Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square they remain classic London ‘cool’ books.
This feature is from the NME, 17 September, 1983.



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