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Fitzrovia: London's Bohemia

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Director, dramatist, translator, producer and writer, Michael Bakewell has been involved in the creation of arts programmes both on radio and television since the early Fifties. Starting his career at the BBC, he was involved in projects such as the much-praised Theatre 625 series. Since 1968, his work has been increasingly varied, and has included the writing of commentaries for a series of films on the culture of Islam. More recently, his biography of Lewis Carroll (1996) was published by Heinemann.

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Fitzrovia: London's bohemia
Michael Bakewell

Fitzrovia, centre of London's pub-culture for much of the period between the wars, owes its name to the Fitzroy Tavern, situated at the heart of the area. Famous 'Fitzrovians' have included Augustus John, Nina Hamnett, Constant Lambert and Dylan Thomas.

Packed with lively anecdotes, this entertaining book conjures up the characters who frequented the pubs of Fitzrovia and recaptures a lost age of hedonism, high spirits and self-indulgent self-destruction.

166 x 121mm, 64 pages
34 illustrations, 11 in colour and map
1 85514 256 2
£5.99 (hardback)
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The National Portrait Gallery's Character Sketches is a series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides to literary and artistic personalities and themes. Written by well-known writers of today, they use images from the Gallery's unique collection to examine the public and the private faces, the lives, thoughts and relationships, both artistic and personal, within each selected group.

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