Morrison, Arthur - The Hole In The Wall. Folio Society, 1978, 1st thus.
'My grandfather was a publican-and a sinner, as you will see. His public house was The Hole in the Wall, on the river's edge at Wapping; and his sins-all of them that I know of-are recorded in these pages. . .' The superb opening lines of Arthur Morrison's famous thriller are our introduction to the Dockland of Victorian London, where nobody is entirely good, and many are evil. Stephen's grandfather is a fence, his world is full of thieving, pimping, swindling, plotting, knifing and murder. When his father is mysteriously lost at sea, Stephen finds himself caught up in a shifting web of violence and intrigue, of conspiratorial nods and winks in the bar and sudden death in dark alleys. Barely aware of the way in which the ingenious and horrible plot hinges upon his fortunes, the boy is obliged to face each new twist of fate as it happens, armed only with the nimble wits and instinctive judgment of childhood. His natural resilience lifts the story from the realms of gothic nightmare and gives it instead a far more chilling reality. For, as V. S. Pritchett wrote: 'Those shrieks were heard. There were those even more disturbing silences in the night. Dockland, where the police used to go in threes, has its authentic commemorafion.' (Folio Society).
8¾" x 5½", 200pp inc. plates, white cloth printed overall with a two-colour illustration, gold bloacked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated with 8 monochrome drawings, as plates, by Val Biro.
Spine slightly sunned; otherwise fine; complete with very good plus slip-case; still has its sign-up a new member post-card.
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