The Only True History — Collected Interviews and Other Pieces; With Twelve Drawings by Abu and an Etching by Picasso by Terry Coleman

Published by Hutchinson, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed. Signed copy!

Condition: Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn, faded and soiled, now loose to the book. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

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Signed by the author on the first blank (to Ned Sherrin) unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. From the cover: Terry Coleman is the author of the best-selling THE RAILWAY NAVVIES, and co-author of PROVIDENCE AND MR. HARDY.

He is probably best known as a brilliant journalist and this is his reporters book, representing the best of his writing for newspapers and magazines. It is illustrated with drawings by the young Indian cartoonist Abu, who is best known for his work on Tribune and The Guardian.

Macaulay said that the only true history of a country is to be found in its newspapers. In his work, mainly for The Guardian, Terry Coleman has ranged over most of the subjects which make up our contemporary history, from Aberfan to Barbados, from John Braine to Auberon Waugh, from Cassius Clay to the Playboy Bunnies. He calls himself a hack, and says that a hack is someone who will write anything for money, and write it entertainingly if he can. Writing, says Terry Coleman, is nothing mystical. Its seeing things and putting them down plainly. James Morris has called the author the best reporter of his kind now writing in England. Apart from being consistently entertaining, these pieces hang together as one mans view of a world of baffling rapid change.

Terry Coleman is at present working on a large-scale study of people who emigrated from the British Isles to North America during the 19th century.


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