Archives for The Sixties

#BookReview ‘Friends in Low Places’ by Simon Raven #Historical #Literary

Friends in Low Places by Simon Raven, second in the ‘Alms for Oblivion’ series, starts in April 1959 with an old character and a new. Widow Angela Tuck has taken up with a sleazy con man. Mark Lewson, who steals from Angela and then loses her money at the casino, is a loathsome character and she can’t wait to be rid of him. Rippling throughout the novel is the seemingly impossible plan hatched by Angela’s gambler friend to help her. He charges Lewson with buying or stealing a letter that incriminates the British Government in a scandal concerning Suez. This is an enjoyable read about a bunch of charlatans and is a window on the behavior of a group of the English upper class in the Sixties, when the reverberations of the Suez Crisis continued to ripple throughout society. At the heart is the manipulation by everyone concerned during the selection process by the local Tory party to choose its parliamentary candidate for Bishop’s Cross. When the mysterious letter about the Suez scandal becomes available, a chase is on to first, possess the letter; and second, to use it as a bargaining chip for the candidature. The Suez errors are never
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#BookReview ‘The Rich Pay Late’ by Simon Raven #Historical #Literary

It is the eve of the Suez crisis in the Fifties. Written in the Sixties with the benefit of hindsight of this political crisis, The Rich Pay Late by Simon Raven has a modern tone applicable for our Brexit times. Greed, disloyalty, snobbishness are common. First of the ten novels in Raven’s ‘Alms for Oblivion’ series, in which a Dickensian cast of characters overlap with each other’s lives, each book is a self-contained story from the end of the Second World War to 1973. The Rich Pay Late opens as Donald Salinger and Jude Holbrook, co-owners of an advertising agency, discuss the purchase of a financial magazine, Strix. Jude is ambitious but without money, Donald has the cash but is cautious. And so starts the combined theme of gambling/business/love in which everyone is for himself and taking calculated risks is a way of life. Structurally, it is an ensemble story rather than concentrating on one central character; Raven introduces characters with short glimpses, some of one paragraph, of people who start off separate from Donald and Jude until their entwined lives are revealed. Not one character is superfluous. This is a short novel of 250 pages, but intense. Slow, rich, satirical, it
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Twiggy, Dusty, Paul and John… photos of The Sixties

If you love The Sixties, music and fashions, check out my Pinterest board for Ignoring Gravity. It’s where I collate all the images which inspired me when I wrote the book. From Twiggy to Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Beatles to Dusty Springfield, there are black-and-white and colour images of life from 1960-1969. My favourite comes from 1961, it’s an image of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. See my Pinterest board for Ignoring Gravity here. The board for Connectedness – featuring more roses and trees, plus Picasso, art, and Malaga in Spain – will go online later this year.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Dusty Springfield, the Beatles & Audrey Hepburn: my #writing board at Pinterest via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-2zv
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Categories: Book Love, My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Researching.

Follow me at Pinterest… Twiggy, the Sixties, fashions & music

Above my desk I have a large whiteboard, stuck to it with Blu-Tak is an assortment of photos, postcards and magazine clippings. Some are faces of people I have adopted as one of my characters, others are of a place or a specific time – music, fashions such as Twiggy, cars, shopping – some are faces of adoptees. Now I also collect all these visual references on Pinterest. You can see my Pinterest board for Ignoring Gravity here.  The board for Connectedness will go online later this year. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy the paperback and ebook of Ignoring Gravity  at Amazon UK and Amazon US. And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Using Pinterest as a visual resource when #writing via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-2zb
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.