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The London Lover: My Weekend that Lasted Thirty Years (Paperback)

By Sigal, Clancy

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`An exuberant, breathless sprint through London in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies... It's bright, boisterous and extremely funny' Tatler If Fielding's Tom Jones were alive in postwar England he might be Clancy Sigal, the American author of this restlessly curious memoir. Hone... read full description below.

ISBN 9781408885819
Barcode 9781408885819
Published 5 August 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781408885819
ISBN-10 1408885816
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 5 August 2019
International Publication Date 2 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sigal, Clancy
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight 202g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Americans - History - 20th century - England - London, London England - Social life and customs - 20th century
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 818.5409
Catalogue Code 1004773

Description of this Book

`An exuberant, breathless sprint through London in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies... It's bright, boisterous and extremely funny' Tatler If Fielding's Tom Jones were alive in postwar England he might be Clancy Sigal, the American author of this restlessly curious memoir. Honest and devious, faithful and lustful, a mass of plucky contradictions, Clancy first arrived in London in 1957. He was broke, homeless and, according to his FBI file, a dangerous `subversive'. Over the next three decades, Clancy was to wander the soot-stained streets of London, devouring as much as life could offer him. This is the story of that time. After days spent avoiding police on the 88 bus, he arrived on Doris Lessing's doorstep. The two began a tumultuous affair that plunged Clancy into the intellectual, cultural and political world of London. From the birth of the CND and his affair with Lessing, to therapy with R. D. Laing and wondering whether the entire world was on acid, Clancy details it all to illuminating effect. Underneath all of these encounters is the character of Clancy himself: funny, hapless, warm-hearted and a self-professed `crazy American'. Call it luck, charm or sheer lack of good sense, he escaped with a cracking good story.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An exuberant, breathless sprint through London in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies... It's bright, boisterous and extremely funny -- Francesca Carington * Tatler * [Clancy's] scapegrace adventures are described with so much vitality and scabrous wit you feel as charmed as one of his serial conquests ... Marvellous * Spectator *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Clancy Sigal was a novelist, journalist, screenwriter and political activist. Chicago-born, he was an American G.I. in Occupied Germany. Working as a talent agent on the Sunset Strip in the mid-fifties, he was blacklisted, fled McCarthyism, and moved to the UK. Living in London for many years, he worked as a film critic, playwright and a BBC correspondent. He returned to Los Angeles in the late 1980s, and later became a professor emeritus at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism. He died in 2017.

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