Colin MacInnes

Colin MacInnes was a British author and journalist, best known for his novels about London's youth culture. He was born on August 20, 1914, in London, and died on April 22, 1976. MacInnes gained recognition for his book 'Absolute Beginners' (1959), which depicted the lives of teenagers in the late 1950s and is considered one of the definitive works capturing the essence of that era in London. His other notable works include 'City of Spades' (1957) and 'Mr. Love and Justice' (1960). His writings often explored themes of race, sexuality, and the changing social landscape of post-war Britain.


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  1. 1. Absolute Beginners

    "Absolute Beginners" is a story set in the late 1950s in London, focusing on a young, unnamed freelance photographer. The protagonist navigates through the changing landscape of the city, dealing with issues of racism, the emerging youth culture, and the beginnings of a more liberal society. The novel is a vivid exploration of a transformative period in British history, filled with music, fashion, and social upheaval, seen through the eyes of a young man on the brink of adulthood.