Angel Pavement

Angel Pavement What do they call this street Angel Pavement isn t it That s a dam queer name for a street though I ve known queerer names in my time Golspie Tucked away in the City of London lies a dingy almost

  • Title: Angel Pavement
  • Author: J.B. Priestley
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What do they call this street Angel Pavement, isn t it That s a dam queer name for a street, though I ve known queerer names in my time Golspie.Tucked away in the City of London, lies a dingy, almost forgotten side street known as Angel Pavement Here can be found the headquarters of Twigg Dersingham, suppliers of veneers and inlays to the furniture trade Bu What do they call this street Angel Pavement, isn t it That s a dam queer name for a street, though I ve known queerer names in my time Golspie.Tucked away in the City of London, lies a dingy, almost forgotten side street known as Angel Pavement Here can be found the headquarters of Twigg Dersingham, suppliers of veneers and inlays to the furniture trade Business is slow and the staff struggle against a tide of growing competition, rising prices and recession Into their midst descends the mysterious and charming Mr Golspie and the promise of a brighter future Be sure, life will never be the same again for all those concerned with the firme likes of Herbert Norman Smeeth, the cashier Harold Turgis, the clerk Lilian Matfield, the secretary typist and the boss, Howard Bromport Dersingham Angel Pavement is one of the great London novels a vivid evocation of the sprawling and crowded metropolis during the era of the painful Depression of the inter war years It is also a splendidly perceptive examination of what happens to a small group of office staff when the destructive force of a rapacious financial predator is unleashed among them.This is J.B Priestley at his bestdeed most critics agree that Angel Pavement was his finest novel, with only Bright Day a near contender It arrived just after the huge success of The Good Companions, and, though it is darker than the delightful earlier novel, it proved just as populard probably significant.Great Northern Books of Ilkley have been bringing out new editions of a number of Priestley s works, and that Angel Pavement was the choice in 2012 proved a source of pleasure to all Priestley fansd, hopefully, the availability of the novel once again will help new readers discover the unique style and magic of Priestley.

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    • Keith says:

      I have just re-read ‘Angel Pavement’ for the first time in more than 40 years, and I am delighted that I was encouraged to do so following the re-issue of this classic by Great Northern Books (at £9.99 the new paperback edition is excellent value). I know I was impressed when I first read it as a young man sometime in the 1960s, but I couldn’t honestly recall exactly why, or say that I remembered too much about the story; and so it was an enjoyable experience to rediscover this excellent [...]

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    • Evi Routoula says:

      Ο αγαπημένος Τζον Μπόιντον Πρίστλει που μας είναι γνωστός από τα καταπληκτικά θεατρικά του έργα ( Εμείς και ο χρόνος, ο Επιθεωρητής έρχεται κλπ) μας δίνει εδώ ένα πολύ δυνατό μυθιστόρημα. Βρισκόμαστε στο Λονδίνο του μεσοπολέμου, επικρατεί ανεργία και φτώχεια, η Ευρώπη δεν έ [...]

    • J. says:

      This has no real tricks up its sleeve, but draws the reader nonetheless. We have what amounts to a large-cast Dickens or Trollope outing, complete with competing narrative threads and class discordance. This begins much as all London novels do-- in the swirl of life being lived, the just-manageable chaos driven by commerce and urbanism unbound-- and somehow manages to narrow down to separate characters by the early chapters. And great characters, in large part because of their un-remarkableness. [...]

    • Auriel Roe says:

      This is an usual book with sections in it that were like long passages in the Pinter/Beckett/Ionesco school of thought. Ponderous descriptions but I loved the detail, many wouldn't, unused to the absurd. Good story, a con man totally messes up an odd little veneer business staffed by hopeless subordinates.

    • Kerri Thomas says:

      A tale of common life experience, of fantasies and fears coming true.I appreciated this book far more the second time I read it because I saw more in it. At first, I felt that Priestley was giving way too much information about his characters, but by the end of the book it had dawned on me that he was writing about fundamental lessons in life that we can all relate to and, in order to do that, he needed to give the reader a thorough look into the hearts and minds of his characters. The focus of [...]

    • Natsnock says:

      The whole time I was reading the book, I was thinking how suitable it is for mini series. As it turns out, there are 2 of them - one from the 50s and one from the 60s (unfortunately nowhere to be found for downloading). So, if you're hooked on British period dramas, looking not so much for good dramatic plot, but for a fine depiction of everyday life and the subtle irony of presenting the characters the British are so good at, this one might be for you - London in the 30s, but in the form of a b [...]

    • Estott says:

      A good book, rather sad overall. A study of the employees in a small London office, all leading lives of "quiet desperation". In comes a rather charismatic and piratical figure, and his daughter and everyone's life is affected. It's pretty obvious from the beginning that things will not end well, but the characters are all well drawn.

    • Alan Mackay says:

      Reminded me of Norman Collins' London Belongs To Me. Both could be described as soap operas but none the worse for that. A must read for anyone interested in London and London working life that has mostly disappeared for ever.

    • Malcolm Noble says:

      Truly one of the great "London" books of 20th Century. Not very cheerful, I'm afraid, but well written. Take your time with this one

    • Colm Mccrory says:

      Another great London novel, sits up there with Norman Collins, Patrick Hamilton, Monica Dickens, Somerset Maugham, etc.

    • Jenn says:

      Pity the generation that lived through the great depression. I thought this was one of the most moving books I have read for a long time. It is not dramatic, the action such as it is is very low key, the characters are mundane and the subject it deals with (office work) is hardly going to be thrilling, but Priestley had a knack of really getting under the skin of his characters so you cared about the outcome. I ended up wondering what happened to Turgis, Mr Smeeth, Miss Matfield et all after the [...]

    • Ginni says:

      My first J.B.Priestley, an author I've been meaning to try for years; this reading was partly inspired by going to see a production of 'When we are married' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse a month or so past. I really felt that as an honorary Yorkshire woman, now living close to Bradford, I must read Priestley. I wanted to read 'The Good Companions', but 'Angel Pavement' was on the library shelves in this Great Northern Books paperback edition.I suppose Priestley has gone out of fashion; this ne [...]

    • Veronika says:

      Let me quote a fellow reviewer: a long book about nothing. We met a couple of people in London in 1930s, we spend a couple of weeks with them, some story lines has started, and most of them dropped in mid-air. However, I cannot say that I did not enjoy the book. What I liked the most about the author - how he could show accents with spelling. Very amusing!

    • Craig says:

      A bit darker and, as a result, not as enjoyable a read as Good Companions or Festival, but certainly more realistic. As usual for Priestley, the characters are wonderfully developed, although in this case he shows more weaknesses and faults than quirks. A slice-of-life of Londoners in the late-1920s.

    • Seana says:

      I read this a long time ago, so won't rate it. After one of my favorite books ever, The Good Companions, it didn't quite hold up, but I have a feeling I might get a lot more out of it now, so I may give it reread sometime soon.

    • Neil says:

      A long book about nothing, but it's really very good.The day to day lives of a group of Londoners working in an office for a firm that sells veneers that has hit hard times. A man comes into the office offering to supply them with cheaper veneers could this be the salvation of the company?

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    • Robert Lukins says:

      Dated, purple, lovely.

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