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Read online Lost Empires.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Lost Empires Richard Herncastle s account of his life on the music hall alongside his Uncle Nick in the period immediately before the outbreak of the first World War in This account of life in the Empire Theatres of English Variety The cast is a travelling troupe of artistes dancers comedians jugglers magicians which include a murderer a depraved beauty a brilliant comedian in decay and the greatest conjurer on the English stage He is knows as Ganga Dun to his enormous audience and as Uncle Nick to the narrator of the story Young Herncastle is a good looking Yorkshire boy ambitious as a painter whom his uncle sweeps away from a dreary office job into the nomadic boozy evanescently amorous life of Variety performers on tour With them he learns the exacting craft of the stage and avidly explores the first yearnings and triumphs of both sex and love by J.B. Priestley

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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 br 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 amp 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 firm the likes of Herbert Norman Smeeth the cashier Harold Turgis the clerk Lilian Matfield the secretary typist and the boss Howard Bromport Dersingham br 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 br This is J B Priestley at his best indeed 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 popular and probably more significant br 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 proved a source of pleasure to all Priestley fans and hopefully the availability of the novel once again will help new readers discover the unique style and magic of Priestley, Richard Herncastle s account of his life on the music hall alongside his Uncle Nick in the period immediately before the outbreak of the first World War in br This account of life in the Empire Theatres of English Variety The cast is a travelling troupe of artistes dancers comedians jugglers magicians which include a murderer a depraved beauty a brilliant comedian in decay and the greatest conjurer on the English stage He is knows as Ganga Dun to his enormous audience and as Uncle Nick to the narrator of the story br Young Herncastle is a good looking Yorkshire boy ambitious as a painter whom his uncle sweeps away from a dreary office job into the nomadic boozy evanescently amorous life of Variety performers on tour With them he learns the exacting craft of the stage and avidly explores the first yearnings and triumphs of both sex and love, J B Priestley was especially fond of this novel of his I am not one for favourites he wrote in the introduction to the Everyman edition and I have always been irritated by questions about my favourite this that and the other But if I have a favourite among my novels it is Bright Day which I wrote towards the end of the war br The novel was written towards the end of World War II JBP disclaimed any autobiographical roots in the work but it is nontheless resonent with his early youth and coincided with JBP s recoil from the commercial film world Bright Day was the only serious novel that he wrote in the first person br Gregory Dawson the novel s hero is a middle aged film script writer who goes off to Cornwall to complete a script At his hotel he spots Lord and Lady Harndean and realizes that they are the Malcolm and Eleanor Nixey he knew when he worked as a clerk in a Bruddersford wool firm They represent the beginning of the break up of the bright day which had preceded the year and thus the story starts to unfold br Vincent Brome one of JBP s biographers wrote Bright Day is one of Priestley s two most important and successful novels The other is Angel Pavement, I Have Been Here Before belongs to Priestley s time plays in which he explores the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will Set in a rural inn in Yorkshire three people enter a strange confrontation with the hallmarks of d j vu and a physicist attempts to prevent a disaster