Colin MacInnes (1914-76) was the son of novelist Angela Thirkell, cousin of Rudyard Kipling and grandson of Burne-Jones. He was brought up in Australia but lived most of his life in London about which he wrote with a warts-and-all relish that earned him a reputation as the literary Hogarth of his day. MacInnes was a talented off-beat journalist and social observer, and is best known for his three London novels, City of Spades, Absolute Beginners and Mr Love and Justice.
'The 1959 novel by Colin MacInnes was once described by Paul Weller as "the ultimate mod book". Written in the 'Beat' style of Kack Kerouac...describing their love of Italian style, from suits to cappuccinos, the novel captured the fat-moving, cosmopolitan style craved by the mods.' Shortlist