My favourite books 17: England, Half English

England, Half English:  Colin MacInnes

MacGibbon & Kee, 1961; this edition Penguin, 1966

Another collection of contemporary musings on early youth culture.  MacInnes was more complicated than the whole Paul Weller/Julien Temple/David Bowie nostalgia schtick of the mid-80s; this book is a series of essays about London’s new immigrant communities, youth culture and (delightfully) the Daily Express Cartoon Families.  And yes, the cover drawing is by Peter Blake.