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  1. Keith Keith says:

    I have just re read ‘Angel Pavement’ for the first time in than 40 years and I am delighted that I was encouraged to do so following the re issue of this classic by Great Northern Books at £999 the new paperback edition is excellent value I know I was impressed when I first read it as a young man sometime in the 1960s but I couldn’t honestly recall exactly why or say that I remembered too much about the story; and so it was an enjoyable experience to rediscover this excellent novel and to be reminded of just how good J B Priestley was at his best The novel was published in 1930 and the setting is Depression era London and a firm called Twigg Dersingham whose premises “in what was once a four storey dwelling house where some merchant alderman lived off his East India dividends” are sandwiched between the Kwick Work Razor Blade Company and the London and Counties Supply Stores at Number 8 Angel Pavement Angel Pavement may sound colourful and romantic as an address but in truth it is a typical City side street except that it is shorter narrower and dingier than most The irony is that it was the novelty of the address that caught they eye of James Golspie the rogue who proves to be the ruin of Twigg Dersingham when he was looking for a ‘victim’ “Do you know how I came to your place?” he says to Lilian Matfield “I looked up the names of firms in this line of business and Twigg Dersingham took my fancy not because of their name but because of the address Angel Pavement did it I was so tickled by that name I said to myself ‘I must look at that lot first of all’” What an unfortunate twist of fate that proves to be The firm which imports veneers and inlays to sell to cabinet makers and furniture manufacturers is struggling to cope with the conseuences of poor management declining demand and an economy hardly geared to a sudden improvement in trade Into their world descends Golspie the con man with a smooth tongue and all the push and panache of the natural predator He has just arrived in London on a Baltic cargo ship with a display case full of veneer samples and the sole UK agency for a new product and he is looking to persuade some gullible fool that together they are set to make a fortune The fool in uestion is Howard Bromport Dersingham the ineffective conceited owner of Twigg Dersingham a man not really suited to the cut and thrust of business he got into it almost by accident and soon out of his depth in his dealings with an experienced swindler like Golspie I worked in a number of offices in my teenage years and while that was in the 1950s rather than the time of this novel and it was Sheffield rather than London those places I knew and the people in them were not really much different from those depicted by Priestley in ‘Angel Pavement’ I am sure that I knew people niot too far removed from Herbert Norman Smeeth the cashier; Harold Turgis the railway shipping clerk; and Lilian Matfield the secretary typist Priestley is the master of the art of describing his characters with affection and a faint touch of humour and his flair for dialogue came to the fore long before he became a successful dramatist He is such fun to read –even when the subject is deadly serious Smeeth the colourless cashier is typical of a breed of senior clerkoffice manager that was commonplace in those days He loves his repetitive job “He obviously thought of himself as a real factor of the entity known as Twigg Dersingham When he entered the office he did not dwindle he grew; in the office he was himself than he was in the street outsidehe had a gratitude a zest and eagerness that couldn’t be found in the others his colleaguesHis days at the office were filled with important and exciting events He had spent years making neat little columns of figures entering ledgers and then balancing them but this was not drudgery to him” He is delighted when his salary is increased from £315 a year to £375 though he worries that his wife will want to spend the extra income immediately rather than as he wants save something for the rainy day that is always threatening Angel Pavement is told through each of the firm’s employees and apart from Smeeth the other key employees are Turgis the clerk who constantly dreams of romance “a thinnish awkward young man with a rather long neck poor shoulders and large clumsy hands and feet”; and Lilian Matfield who considers the job rather beneath her “there are those like Miss Matfield the daughters of professional gentlemen who condescend to the office and the typewriter” Poor sad Turgis makes the mistake of believing that Golspie’s spoilt daughter Lena cares for him when she is merely using him to idle away a few boring hours; while Miss Matfield stuck in spinsterhood and a miserable existence dreams of escapeand when latterly a relationship with Golspie himself seems in the offing she is left stranded and embarrassedand slumps back to her old world suitably chastened and resigned to her fate Priestley began this novel in October 1929 around the time when his previous novel The Good Companions was taking off in a big way He was keen to ensure that this was not another light and romantic slice of fiction and it is much serious and darker than its predecessor He powerfully evokes the social background of the period especially the constant fear of unemployment among people who lived from week to week and could barely afford to save It was a time when the loss of one’s job was not merely a blow but a disaster from which it might take years for a person to recover Even Smeeth who in one sense feels so content even secure in his work knows how precarious his world really is The firm’s owner Howard Dersingham unfortunately is oblivious to looming disaster When he agrees to Golspie’s reuest for his commission to be paid before the customers have settled their bills it is a recipe for the final disasteryet he then wonders why the firm’s woes are suddenly compounded “Golspie’s cleared out he’s done us in” he cries “Oh the rotten swine God I was a fool to trust that chap a yard It’s damnably unfair Smeeth We’ve simply been swindled” If you have never read this novel I would urge you to seek it out and give it a try It is vintage Priestley

  2. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    The highest compliment I can pay to a book like Angel Pavement 1930 by JB Priestley is that I was sad when I'd finished and now wonder what happened to the characters after the events of the story First published in 1930 Angel Pavement gives the reader an intimate and credible insight into London life during the era through the employees of Twigg Dersingham a small company which supplies inlays and veneers to the furniture trade The Great Depression provides a sombre backdrop and gives the events of the novel added poignancy and impactAngel Pavement is magnficent a vivid novel with a powerful emotional depth The foibles and proccupations of each of the memorable characters is lovingly described and all are completely believable It reminds me of London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins and To Serve Them All My Days by RF Delderfield Two other books that were similarly immersive and with an array of interesting characters and to whom I was very sad to bid farewell45

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  4. J. J. says:

    This has no real tricks up its sleeve but draws the reader nonetheless We have what amounts to a large cast Dickens or Trollope outing complete with competing narrative threads and class discordance This begins much as all London novels do in the swirl of life being lived the just manageable chaos driven by commerce and urbanism unbound and somehow manages to narrow down to separate characters by the early chapters And great characters in large part because of their un remarkableness He looked what he ought to have been in the opinion of a few thousand hasty and foolish observers of this life and what he was not a grey drudge Angel Pavement and its kind too hot and airless in summer too raw in winter too wet in spring and too smoky and foggy in autumn assisted by long hours of artificial light by hasty breakfasts and illusory lunches by walks in boots made of sodden cardboard and rides in germ haunted buses by fuss all day and worry at night had blanched the whole man had thinned his hair and turned it grey wrinkled his forehead and the space at each side of his short grey moustache put eyeglasses at one end of his nose and slightly sharpened and reddened the other endAt the opening of Angel Pavement we've left the Great War behind but the marks remain a great shadow has passed over civilization Like a lot of between the wars novels there is the sense of trying a little over hard at inducing amnesia getting the old peacetime gears and levers to work again with a hopeful but semi blindered populace The story takes us from Englishman's home is his castle pomp to the familiar threadbare boarding house existence a matter of streets or tube stops away The milieu will be familiar to readers of Norman Collins or Patrick Hamilton Priestley's basic premise is picaresue giving the reader a few pointed glimpses at the follies and foibles of the faces on the street via the particular faces he's chosen a tall cadaverous virgin of forty five or so who displayed especially in evening clothes an uncomfortable amount of sharp gleaming bone just as if the upper part of her was a relief map done in ivory In order that she might not be overlooked in company and also to protect herself she had developed and brought very near to perfection a curiously disturbing manner which conveyed a boundless suggestion of the malicious the mocking the sarcastic the sardonic the ironical What she actually said was harmless enough but her tone of voice her expression her smile her glance all these suggested that her words had some devilish inner meaningNot long after the structure is laid out as the characters become familiar we're treated to comedic turns in the story where perhaps the reader is led to know about what will happen than the people involved In fact at points the Dickens set pieces and face offs begin and to resemble the latter day style of absurdity meeting staunch postwar reserve Not altogether distant from the Ealing Studio films of the later decades but all is not well We begin by midbook to get the feeling that things may not work out for the best as they do in the movies No need here to summarize the proceedings; best to say that things will not go according to plan nor will there be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover by the end Priestley is taking stock somewhere before mid century and finding things are amiss in his remarkable world He's worried There will be no eureka moment or neat conclusion but safe to say he's on to something with that

  5. Auriel Roe Auriel Roe says:

    This is an unusual book with sections in it that were like long passages in the PinterBeckettIonesco school of thought Ponderous descriptions but I loved the detail many wouldn't unused to the absurd Good story a con man totally messes up an odd little veneer business staffed by hopeless subordinates

  6. Natsnock Natsnock says:

    The whole time I was reading the book I was thinking how suitable it is for mini series As it turns out there are 2 of them one from the 50s and one from the 60s unfortunately nowhere to be found for downloading So if you're hooked on British period dramas looking not so much for good dramatic plot but for a fine depiction of everyday life and the subtle irony of presenting the characters the British are so good at this one might be for you London in the 30s but in the form of a book

  7. Kerri Thomas Kerri Thomas says:

    A tale of common life experience of fantasies and fears coming trueI appreciated this book far the second time I read it because I saw in it At first I felt that Priestley was giving way too much information about his characters but by the end of the book it had dawned on me that he was writing about fundamental lessons in life that we can all relate to and in order to do that he needed to give the reader a thorough look into the hearts and minds of his characters The focus of the story is the firm of Dersingham Twigg struggling to survive in 1930 London a time of great economic hardship It's address is a street called Angel Pavement hence the name of the book The catalyst of the tale is the arrival at the firm of a man of no scruples Mr Golspie who intends to use the firm to make a lot of money very uickly and then get out Both he and his beautiful daughter are incarnations of the fantasies that two staff members Turgis and Miss Matfield have on a daily basis Turgis hungers for love and sex; Miss Matfield longs for adventure and excitement Well both get their fantasies made real through the Golspies but with devastating conseuences Smeeth the office manager yearns for safety and security but has always feared that he will not have it Again through the actions of Golspie his fears come true Then there's the principal of the firm Mr Dersingham who is going through the motions of being a businessman; his heart is not in it and he just muddles through his life When Golspie departs he has turned Mr Dersingham's world upside down but we are left with the idea that he will actually begin to live the life he has always wanted to Priestley is saying through the lives of his characters 'be careful what you wish for because you just might get it' but he is also saying that out of great pain and upheaval life can improve because we become wiser and mature This is a timeless story of human experience and Priestley does a masterful job of describing the scenes in which it is set London in the grip of a bleak depressing winter He also captures perfectly the mangled English of the working class British This is indeed a book about life that we can all relate to

  8. Estott Estott says:

    A good book rather sad overall A study of the employees in a small London office all leading lives of uiet desperation In comes a rather charismatic and piratical figure and his daughter and everyone's life is affected It's pretty obvious from the beginning that things will not end well but the characters are all well drawn

  9. Alan Mackay Alan Mackay says:

    Reminded me of Norman Collins' London Belongs To Me Both could be described as soap operas but none the worse for that A must read for anyone interested in London and a London working life that has mostly disappeared for ever

  10. Malcolm Noble Malcolm Noble says:

    Truly one of the great London books of 20th Century Not very cheerful I'm afraid but well written Take your time with this one

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Angel Pavement ❮KINDLE❯ ✽ Angel Pavement Author J.B. Priestley – What do they call this street Angel Pavement isn't it That's a dam' ueer name for a street though I've known ueerer names in my time GolspieTucked away in the City of London lies a dingy almost forgot What do they call this street Angel Pavement isn't it That's a dam' ueer name for a street though I've known ueerer names in my time GolspieTucked away in the City of London lies a dingy almost forgotten side street known as Angel Pavement Here can be found the headuarters of Twigg Dersingham suppliers of veneers and inlays to the furniture trade Business is slow and the staff struggle against a tide of growing competition rising prices and recession Into their midst descends the mysterious and charming Mr Golspie and the promise of a brighter future Be sure life will never be the same again for all those concerned with the firmthe likes of Herbert Norman Smeeth the cashier; Harold Turgis the clerk; Lilian Matfield the secretary typist; and the boss Howard Bromport DersinghamAngel Pavement is one of the great London novels a vivid evocation of the sprawling and crowded metropolis during the era of the painful Depression of the inter war years It is also a splendidly perceptive examination of what happens to a small group of office staff when the destructive force of a rapacious financial predator is unleashed among themThis is JB Priestley|at his bestindeed most critics agree that Angel Pavement was his finest novel with only Bright Day a near contender It arrived just after the huge success of The Good Companions and though it is darker than the delightful earlier novel it proved just as popularand probably significantGreat Northern books of Ilkley have been bringing out new editions of a number of Priestley's works and that Angel Pavement was the choice in proved a source of pleasure to all Priestley fansand hopefully the availability of the novel once again will help new readers discover the uniue style and magic of JB Priestley.

  • Hardcover
  • 494 pages
  • Angel Pavement
  • J.B. Priestley
  • English
  • 01 July 2015

About the Author: J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley the son of a schoolmaster was born in Bradford in September and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade Following the outbreak of the Great War in Priestley joined the British Army and was sent to France in taking part in the Battle of Loos After being wounded in Priestley returned to England for six months; then after going.