Broken Water: An Autobiographical Excursion


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British novelist, short story writer and playwright James Hanley consistently explored the lives of men and women "in extremis" - that is, in dramatically precarious states of fear and isolation. This tendency stemmed from his early awareness of the precariousness of life in the working class world from which he came. Hanley never achieved major success as a writer, even though he often received favourable reviews. Though some consider his autobiography to be incomplete and inaccurate, it's certainly as entertaining as his novels.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1937
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: Yes
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    295 p. 23 cm. B&w frontispiece photo of the author. Blue cloth hardcover with white drawing bottom front corner. Moderate wear to spine label, spine ends, outer hinges. Corners bumped. Former owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Some label residue below. Spotting to text block edge.

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