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Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia

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No writer, not even Hemingway or Rimbaud, led as bizarre and eventful a life as the once celebrated Soho dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64). Next to him, the conventional icons of London bohemia, among them Francis Bacon and Jeffrey Bernard, appear models of stability and self-restraint.
Unknown Binding, 392 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Dewi Lewis Publishing
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Nigeyb
Nov 07, 2016 Nigeyb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved 'Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia' the biography of the English writer and dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64). Maclaren-Ross is synonymous with the bohemian world of mid-twentieth-century Soho, and whilst this features extensively in this book, the biography offers plenty more besides. If you're interested in the literary history of the 1930 and 1940s, World War 2, and London (and specifically Soho), then I feel confident you'll enjoy this biography.

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Tosh
Nov 10, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Ah, I love the obscure writer - especially if he's a dandy and lived and had fun in Soho London during the 50's. A strange man who owed everyone money and yet, lived like the prince of Soho.

I don't think he's the lost great novelist, but he's an interesting and mostly forgotten literary British i.e. London figure.
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Oct 07, 2013 Fionaonaona rated it it was amazing
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Paul Willetts deserves five stars for this extremely well-researched biography.
Shane
Jun 07, 2010 Shane rated it it was amazing
Pretty fab up to now. I'm up to the part where he's just been dischagred from the army and is spending his time in pubs of wartime Soho. All very bohemian and a bit grubby.
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Paul Willetts is the author of two previous works of non-fiction – Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia and North Soho 999. Since making his literary debut in 2003, he’s edited four much-praised collections of writing by the bohemian dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross. He has also compiled and worked as co-photographer on Teenage Flicks, a jokey celebration of Subbuteo, featuring contributions by Will Self, ...more
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