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Rain on the Pavements

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Roland Camberton's second novel, first published in 1951, is a coming of age portrayal of 'down Hackney', home of David Hirsch, who steadily leaves behind his Jewish upbringing in adolescence to explore the wider world of London. Typically there is a wide array of humorous characters in his portrayal of Hackney and the more cosmopolitan world Hirsch is drawn towards.
Paperback, 225 pages
Published July 10th 2010 by New London Editions (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jakey Gee
Mar 02, 2013 Jakey Gee rated it really liked it
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This should be much better known than it is. It should be on anyone's London Novels list - and it's baffling that it's not seen as *the* pre-war UK Jewish novel.

It's a rich, colourful coming-of-age novel of the thirties Jewish East End. It's great on place (including forays into Bohemian Bloomsbury and racy Soho) and it's also a neat satire of contemporary local politics (communists, anarchists, Labour, ILP... they all have the same poster). Amusingly, the happy-clappy local Zionists even do a
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Feb 12, 2014 Nigeyb rated it really liked it
Having very recently read Scamp, the first novel by Roland Camberton, and filled by enthusiasm for that book, I got hold of this, his only one other book before giving up writing.

Rain On The Pavements, first published in 1951, was - like Scamp - also republished by Five Leaves (via their New London Editions imprint) in 2010, again complete with the book's original cover art by John Minton - a beautiful artwork that really compliments the contents and enhances the whole experience.

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Roland Camberton (1921-1965) was a British writer whose real name was Henry Cohen, though his family also knew him as Harry. He won the 1951 Somerset Maugham Award, given to authors under the age of 35, for his novel Scamp.

The following year, he published Rain on the Pavements. A novel reflecting Jewish life in Hackney during the thirties, this book received a much more positive review (this one
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