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Soho in the Fifties and Sixties

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Character Sketches

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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Soho in the Fifties and Sixties
Jonathan Fryer

Ronnie Scott's, the French Pub, the Coach and Horses; just a few of the names that are synonymous with London's world famous Soho. With its pubs and clubs, coffee houses and strip joints, Soho has been attracting the rich, the poor, the famous and infamous, the gifted and the deluded for decades. Yet it is perhaps the Fifties and Sixties that bore witness to its heyday, when the likes of Francis Bacon, Dylan Thomas, Brendan Behan and Colin MacInnes staggered from pub to club, fuelled by the hedonistic atmosphere that continues to characterise Soho today. Jonathan Fryer's lively account of the lives of the men and women who made Soho their home from home is a fascinating insight into a world of excess, where casualties were high and only the most determined fulfilled their promise.


Writer, lecturer and broadcaster Jonathan Fryer's books include The Great Wall of China (1975), Isherwood (1977; updated and re-published as Eye of the Camera, 1993), Food for Thought (1981), Nine Lives of Dylan Thomas (1993), André and Oscar (1997) and Robbie Ross (2000).

166 x 121mm, 64 pages
32 illustrations, 9 in colour, and map
ISBN 1 85514 234 1
£5.99 (hardback)

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