Best known as the most flamboyant and dissolute of all the bohemians who flocked to 1940s and '50s Soho, Julian Maclaren-Ross was also an inimitably stylish writer. He had the rare ability to distil the detail of everyday life into vibrant stories, a skill he refined as a raconteur in pubs and clubs, and used to great effect in his letters. These range from gleeful accounts of his love life to glowering despair at his frequent poverty. All give a vivid sense of the life of a writer living at once on the margins of society and at the heart of London's artistic and literary bohemia; always with his distinctive narrative voice, whether effervescently or bleakly humorous, unconsciously poignant, bad-tempered or desperate.
Paul Willetts is Author of the critically acclaimed biography of Julian Maclaren-Ross, Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia
Maclaren-Ross is one of the great unsung heroes of the literary 1940s and at his best a figure to rank with Orwell, Waugh and Connolly - D.J. Taylor, Author of Orwell: The Life
One of the very best writers of [the twentieth] century - Virginia Ironside
Nothing has given me greater pleasure than the continuing revival of one of my favourite writers, Julian Maclaren-Ross. - Philip French, Observer, Books of the Year
a dazzling, talented writer, effortlessly funny and natural…enormous gifts - Philip Hensher