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Twopence Coloured

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'West Kensington - grey area of rot, and caretaking, and cat-slinking basements. West Kensington - drab asylum for the driven and cast-off genteel!' Patrick Hamilton was acutely conscious that his third novel (first published in 1928) was longer and 'much grimmer' than his previous and well-received productions. Twopence Coloured is the story of 19-year-old Jackie Mortimer ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published July 21st 2011 by Faber & Faber (first published 1928)
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Nigeyb
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I adore Patrick Hamilton's "Hangover Square" (1941) - my favourite novel of all time; "The Slaves of Solitude" (1947) is superb; I also really enjoyed the first two Gorse novels - "The West Pier" (1952); and "Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse" (1953); and "Craven House" (1926) (the book that preceded this one). I would also heartily recommend the biography of Patrick Hamilton, "Through A Glass Darkly: The Life of Patrick Hamilton" by Nigel Jones. Since reading "Hangover Square", I have been working my wa ...more
Angela
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novel
This is a compelling story about the theatre, about people and the dynamics that exist between them. Set principly in London, Jackie, the central character, has decided upon a career on the stage. Hamilton wittily tells her story and that of the people she meets as she moves from one theatrical company to another.
The language is of its time and the characters well drawn with the eccentricities of the theatre people being especially pin-pointed.
The title comes from the 19th century phrase 'penny
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Tara
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
An early novel by Patrick Hamilton, out of print for many years, about Jackie Mortimer, a young woman from Hove determined to be an actress. A successful playwright, Hamilton knew the dramatic milieu well - from London's West End stage to the less exotic world of regional theatre. While 'Twopence Coloured' strips the acting life of most of its glamour, it is relatively upbeat in comparison to Hamilton's later work, combining professional satire of with a touching, if slightly cynical romance. Ha ...more
Andrea Peace
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I LOVE Patrick Hamilton but this was one of his weaker novels I felt - loved the mood, theme etc but the descriptions of seedy theatres, rehearsals, thespians was just too lenghty/repetitive for me. However I was intrigued by Jackie and how she weaved her way through the world of provincial theatre so kept reading on as wanted to know how it played out for her.
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The Patrick Hamil...: Twopence Coloured 44 20 Nov 25, 2017 11:38AM  
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He was born Anthony Walter Patrick Hamilton in the Sussex village of Hassocks, near Brighton, to writer parents. Due to his father's alcoholism and financial ineptitude, the family spent much of Hamilton's childhood living in boarding houses in Chiswick and Hove. His education was patchy, and ended just after his fifteenth birthday when his mother withdrew him from Westminster School.

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