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From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witlessly at one another.

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Authors can be successful in their own right without impinging on the consciousness of an attention-deficient public, whose recall-rate of virals featuring inadequate Russian driving skills is above works by novelists who bring a lifetime of experience to their craft. Equally, critics will ignore writers who they consider solid and old-fashioned in favour of current literary darlings.

Invisible Ink: No 212 - Walter Starkie

Authors can be successful in their own right without impinging on the consciousness of an attention-deficient public, whose recall-rate of virals featuring inadequate Russian driving skills is above works by novelists who bring a lifetime of experience to their craft. Equally, critics will ignore writers who they consider solid and old-fashioned in favour of current literary darlings.

Invisible Ink: No 210 - Percy F Westerman

Authors can be successful in their own right without impinging on the consciousness of an attention-deficient public, whose recall-rate of virals featuring inadequate Russian driving skills is above works by novelists who bring a lifetime of experience to their craft. Equally, critics will ignore writers who they consider solid and old-fashioned in favour of current literary darlings.

Invisible Ink: No 210 - Percy F Westerman

Charles Dickens wasn’t the only Portsmouth-born writer to become a superstar, but while Charles was fiddling about with rewrites and plot structures, Percy Westerman was hammering out adventures at an unbelievable rate of knots.

Invisible Ink: No 209 - Raymond Durgnat

Looking back from the present, when serious film critics are more embattled than ever before owing to the egalitarianism of the internet, we can see that Raymond Durgnat was a unique voice. Born in 1932 to Swiss parents, he became one of the first post-graduates of film in Britain. Thorold Dickinson, the director of Gaslight, acted as his mentor, and Durgnat began to write for the major film publications, although he fell out with Sight & Sound (after Gavin Lambert left to head for Hollywood), accusing the magazine of elitism, overt politicisation, snobbery and pretentiousness – charges which still arise against it today.

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