Review: The Lowlife

“Then there’s the title, The Lowlife, which to contemporary comprehension is more redolent of the slob, the miscreant or the deviant. Harryboy Boas may shirk obligation and mooch on his in-laws at 45, but in his own words he cuts a dashing figure and takes care of himself. It’s the life as a gambler down Harringay dogs and the whoring down the West End which does it for him, not to mention the odd “shag against the bales” in the factory basement when he’s forced to work, as there’s no shortage of willing would-be wives wheeled out by his in-laws to cure him of it. Nor is Harryboy ignorant, a consummate devourer of Zola on jags that can rival drinking sessions, hours wiled away in bookshops on the Charing Cross Road.”

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