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Collected Memoirs

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Julian Maclaren-Ross, with his carnation and silver-topped cane, his fur coat and dark glasses, was a natural bohemian and one of the most colourful inhabitants and chroniclers of the Soho and Fitzrovia of the forties, fifties and sixties. He knew and wrote about its most memorable characters including Dylan Thomas, Graham Greene, Cyril Connolly, Tambimuttu, Nina Hamnett a ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Black Spring Press (first published January 1st 1965)
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Paul
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
Sharp and well written; Maclaren-Ross recollects his memories of Soho in the 1940s and throws in half a dozen short stories at the end. He is pretty much forgotten now; although his only novel “Of Love and Hunger” and his short stories are a little known in bookish circles. He was a celebrated raconteur, well known in the local pubs and clubs where he held court. His biographer Paul Willets describes his perorations around the edge of poverty and mental ill health. He moved continually to avoid ...more
Tosh
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who are interested in Soho London and Dandy culture
I discovered the name and author Julian Maclaren-Ross by mistake. I saw the word 'dandy' and that is what caught my eye. Also the fact that Maclaren -Ross who was totally devoted to his look that is a combination of Oscar Wilde and an American (movie-style) gangster in Soho London circ. late 40's to the early 60's also caught my interest. But what is really strange is that he refused to be photographed, because of the money that he owed everyone. He didn't want to be noticed in his beloved Soho ...more
Nigeyb
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another winner from Julian Maclaren-Ross.

I'd previously read his novel 'Of Love and Hunger' and, prior to that, Paul Willetts's biography 'Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia'. His was a hand to mouth existence, and - for anyone interested in the 1940s, and literary London - this biography is well worth reading.

This is probably not the ideal entry point. I'd recommend 'Of Love and Hunger' first, and then Paul Willetts' biography, by which time you'll be hooked and quite possibly do what I did, which
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The English writer and dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64), is synonymous with the bohemian world of mid-twentieth-century Soho. There he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Dylan Thomas, Quentin Crisp, John Minton, Nina Hamnett, Joan Wyndham, Aleister Crowley, John Deakin, Augustus John, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. His theatrical dress sense — a sharp suit combined with his famous tedd ...more