In 1913, young Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle Nick's magic act and is introduced to the enchanted world of the British music hall. Traveling from one city to the next, assisting at conjuring acts and disappearing acts, Richard comes to know romance, politics and high adventure. The next year, in a true and terrifying vanishing act, the guns of August blast away that world forever.
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Those plankheads, they come pouring into the variety theatres to be flattered, to boo and clap or walk out in protest, to forget the bloody mess they live in outside, everything in the paper they can do nothing about: high class women being forcibly fed just because they want their vote, strikes, lockouts, butchery in Ireland, Germany looking uglier and uglier, filth everywhere. The golden age is gone, lad. We're slithering into a bog, slithering fast, and no-one is stopping us.
The Honeysuckle and the Bee
Written by Albert H. Fitz (as Alb. H. Fitz) and William H. Penn
(as Wm. H. Penn)
[First Published 1901] See more