The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

The Regent – Edited by John Shapcott

In The Card Arnold Bennett created one of fiction’s memorable comic characters, the irrepressible Denry Machin.  We meet I’m again in The Regent.  At age 43 he is feeling jaded and in need of fresh horizons to explore. 

This is a funny and affectionate story of traditional community values pitted against the glamour of London sophistication.  Bennett pains a vivid picture of two cultures in collision as Denry moves from the riotous world of the Potteries music hall to the intrigue of London’ Edwardian theatres.  Along the way he meets scheming entrepreneur, temperamental actresses and publicity-seeking suffragettes.  The scene shifts from Burslem to London to America and home again. 

Churnet Valley Books 01538 399033

ISBN 1-904546-43-9

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