The Other Half John Worby’s life in the Underworld of Britain and U.S.A. – 1937


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London, J.M. Dent and Sons, 1937
Bound in linen with dust jacket, 22 x 14 cm, 280 pages. English.

John Worby’s life among: gangsters and mugs, tramps, hoboes, buskers, molls, broads, swag women, spivs and bums on the covers. The Autobiography of a Spiv on the title page.  Controversial at the time of it’s publication, this rough account by John Worby alias The Sun Set Kid about life was reprinted several times, published in America and translated into several languages. Worby wrote another book, Spiv’s progress, but faded into obscurity later on.  The English first edition is a rarity, especially with the dust jacket.

A good copy. Discoloration to the end papers, some shelf wear. Dust jacket unclipped, with a tiny loss at the top of the spine and a few small tears to the edges. Dust jacket a bit soiled, but so was the book (according to the press).