Long unavailable but in demand, this pioneering study of twentieth-century working class reading and writing in Britain helped revive a number of literary reputations, such as those of Alexander Baron and James Hanley, as well as distinguishing distinct regional literary cultures and narrative styles still existing in Britain.
Dockers and Detectives comprises five long linked chapters on:
● literature and politics
● American influences on popular fiction
● popular literature during WWII
● the novels of working class writers from Liverpool
● the novels of the Jewish East End
Dockers and Detectives was Ken Worpole’s first book, and was widely reviewed and praised on publication.
Ken Worpole is the author of a number of books on architecture, landscape and social history, including Last Landscapes and Here Comes the Sun. He writers regularly for the Guardian, Prospect, Times Higher Education Supplement and other papers. “For many years, Ken Worpole has been one of the shrewdest and sharpest observers of the English social landscape.” – The Independent
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