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 cabinet-making trade. Business is bad and getting worse. The firm is fighting for its life and its staff are gripped by the fear of insolvency and redundancy. Into their midst descends the mysterious and charming Mr. Golspie and his beautiful daughter, Lena. Together they set in train a sequence of events that will transform the lives of everyone who works there.
Shot through with Priestley’s trademark social conscience, Angel Pavement is one of the great London novels; a vivid evocation of the 1930s metropolis in an age of recession. It is also a brilliant and startlingly relevant examination of what happens to a group of workers when the destructive force of a rapacious financial predator is unleashed among them.
Angel Pavement is one of the great London novels. First published in 1930, it is a social panorama of the city of London seen largely through the eyes of the employees of the firm Twigg & Dersingham, on the first floor of No. 8, Angel Pavement (a small cul-de-sac in the heart of London’s commercial district). The novel provides readers with a vivid picture of ordinary London life before the war and the blitz changed everything dramatically and is set against the background of the great depression.
The novel has been twice adapted by BBC Television, in 1957 and 1967, and there is also a fascinating (and surprising) Russian television version dating from 1969.
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Sunday 24 November at 1:15pm Square Chapel, Halifax Starring Jeanette Scott, John Fraser, Eric Portman, Celia Johnson With an introduction and a small exhibition curated by the JB Priestley Society Adapted from J.B. Priestley’s famous novel charting the ups and downs of a struggling touring concert party, this endearing musical comedy features an outstanding array of …
J.B. PRIESTLEY: EXPERIMENTAL DRAMATIST At the International Anthony Burgess Foundation The Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Cambridge Street, Manchester Saturday 6 April 2019, 10.00-16.30 (Tea and coffee available from 09.30) The keynote conference lecture will be given by the internationally-renowned author on modern spirituality Anthony Peake, whose most recent book Time and the Rose Garden discusses …
At the Stratford Playhouse 12.30 – 1.30pm Rosalie Batten’s book ‘Priestley at Kissing Tree House’ is an evocative account of her times as Priestley’s secretary in the house near Stratford. Her daughter Sophie Fyson will be joined by Broadcaster and writer Barry Cryer, and JBP Society Chair Lee Hanson for this fascinating discussion and insights …