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Basil Street Blues - Michael Holroyd

Little, Brown & Co., 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a small nick at the head of the spine. Leans slightly.

Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “From accounts his parents wrote for him of their early lives, from old photograph albums, papers found in the lining of an evening bag, from innumerable tiny clues, Michael Holroyd finds an extraordinary story to illuminate what he had felt to be an ordinary family. His Swedish mother was born three months premature after a terrible fire that killed her two-year-old brother (his grandparents’ scandalous divorce later led to a change in the divorce laws of Sweden). His Anglo-Irish father, full of inventive energy, was a Dickensian figure who seemed to have strayed into a novel by P.G. Wodehouse. They met romantically on the North Sea, but their marriage soon went on the rocks and all four of their subsequent marriages were illegal. Michael was brought up by his paternal grandparents, careering towards bankruptcy in an extravagantly eccentric house in Maidenhead.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Cream boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 306 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.