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The Other Half: Ten Case Histories of the New Poor/Rich Hunter Da

The Other Half: Ten Case Histories of the New Poor/Rich - Hunter Davies

Heinemann, 1966, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine, rubbed and faded at the edges. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Who are the poor? At one time they were easily recognizable, by their occupations or by their lack of material wealth. Today, the outward signs can be misleading. But underneath, there is a New Poor — and a New Rich. This book is about the lives of ten such people.

The clerk, stepping down Whitehall in a sparkling white collar, lives in two decaying rooms which he bars to visitors; his one extravagance is constant electric light. ‘I don’t intend to try any further… Nobody cares whether I live or die’. The scruffy barrow boy, with his stall in the gutter, owns a luxury house, three cars, five television sets. ‘Nobody’s better than me. I’m as good as the best’.

The Other Half is an unusual and important record of the paradoxes within our affluent society, but there is no attempt to comment or moralize. The facts are recorded through the warmth and immediacy of human conversation, describing actual lives, worries, problems: problems which concern us all.

Each person speaks with a natural and vivid eloquence: each life unfurls like a brilliant short story. Yet this is fact not fiction, a document of absorbing human interest.”

The ten case histories are:

  • The Clerk
  • The Barrow Boy
  • The Nurse
  • The Hair Stylist
  • The NSPCC Inspector
  • The Newsvendor
  • The Curate
  • The Prostitute
  • The Policeman
  • The Burglar

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 184 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.