One Last Mad Embrace
By Jack Trevor Story.
Set in Hampstead in the dying days of the 1960s, struggling fifty-something scriptwriter Horace Spurgeon Fenton finds himself hopelessly caught up with a young girl and a criminal conspiracy. Part romance, part thriller, part comedy: Jack Trevor Story (1917-1991) poured much of his own hectic lifestyle (3 wives, 8 kids, 2 bankruptcies and a divorce) into a storyline of extraordinary energy and perception. An accomplished thriller writer (Hitchcock snapped up his The Trouble With Harry) and astute observer of the social scene (Live Now Pay Later), he didn't shirk from describing emotional turmoil with a painful honesty - as readers of his Guardian columns will recall. This unique mix of skills Jack Trevor Story brought to bear on a book that is hard to classify. One Last Mad Embrace is regarded by many as his best work. 'A Proust of the working class', said Michael Moorcock.
First published in 1970, the book had been out of print for years. One of publisher reinkarnation original 'top ten' books to be brought back.