Harry Preston says goodbye to the provinces and comes to London looking for life and adventure. It is the mid-50s and he soon finds himself in the impoverished and slightly seedy world of the emerging Beat Generation.
As he progresses through the ranks of would-be artists and deluded romantics of Soho and Notting Hill, he begins to make sense of the world and his role in it.
This is Colin Wilson’s second, and most autobiographical novel, published in a new edition to coincide with the release of the film.
This book is also available as an ebook: buy it from Amazon here.
Colin Wilson, one of the best-known 'Angry Young Men' of his generation, is the author of over 100 books: novels, philosophical works, true crime, biography and the occult. His best-known work was published when he was 24 and he now lives quietly in Cornwall with his collection of 30,000 books – as the Sunday Times put it: "Still an Angry Man, Always the Outsider".