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Colin MacInnes
(1914 - 1976) U.K. - Australia

Colin MacInnes



The son of the novelist Angela Thirkell, he was brought up in Australia for a time. MacInnes attended art school, and was in the army during WWII, before he embarked upon a career as a writer and journalist. He became well known with his novels of youth and black immigrant culture, indicating his fascination with "the other" and the boys.

City of Spades (1957) and Absolute Beginners (1957) describe life in London's Notting Hill, specifically a new Bohemian culture of drugs, drink, homosexuality, and jazz clubs.


Source: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

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