Colin MacInnes


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
August 20, 1914

Died
April 22, 1976


MacInnes was born in London, the son of singer James Campbell MacInnes and novelist Angela Thirkell, and was educated in Australia. He served in the British intelligence corps during World War II.

He was the author of a number of books depicting London youth and black immigrant culture during the 1950s, in particular City of Spades (1957), Absolute Beginners (1959) and Mr. Love and Justice (1960).


Average rating: 3.65 · 2,125 ratings · 202 reviews · 20 distinct worksSimilar authors
Absolute Beginners

3.64 avg rating — 1,574 ratings — published 1959 — 27 editions
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City of Spades (London Tril...

3.67 avg rating — 248 ratings — published 1957 — 14 editions
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The London Novels

3.95 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1969 — 3 editions
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Mr Love And Justice

3.58 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 1960 — 13 editions
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England, Half English: A Po...

3.68 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1961 — 3 editions
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All Day Saturday

3.88 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1966 — 3 editions
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Three Years To Play

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1970 — 3 editions
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Sweet Saturday night

3.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1967 — 2 editions
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To The Victors The Spoils

3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1950 — 3 editions
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June in Her Spring

2.71 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1974 — 4 editions
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City of Spades Absolute Beginners
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“The word 'free-lance', I used to think, had a romantic ring; but sadly discovered, when I tried to be one, that its practice has little freedom, and the lance is a sorry weapon to tilt at literary windmills.”
Colin MacInnes, The Colin MacInnes Omnibus: City Of Spades, Absolute Beginners, Mr Love And Justice

“he made me kinky about books: he managed to teach me – to this day, I don’t know how – that books were not just a thing like that – I mean, just books – but somebody else’s mind opened up for me to look into, and he taught me the habit, later on, of actually buying then! Yes – I mean real books, like the serious paperbacks, which must have been unknown among the kids up in the Harrow Road those days, who thought a book’s an SF or a Western, if they thought it’s anything.”
Colin MacInnes, Absolute Beginners

“Now, you can think what you like about the art of jazz – quite frankly, I don’t really care what you think, because jazz is a thing so wonderful that if anybody doesn’t rave about it, all you can feel for them is pity: not that I’m making out I really understand it all – I mean, certain LPs leave me speechless.”
Colin MacInnes, Absolute Beginners

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