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The Dramaturgical Metphor By Ken Champion
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London psychoanalyst James Kent deals with a difficult case across three European capitals, London, Paris and Rome
Urban Narratives By Ken Champion
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Stories of London lives as seen through the eyes of psychologist James Kent
Keefie By Ken Champion
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After his widely acclaimed novella, The Dramaturgical Metaphor, an existential thriller which sees psychoanalyst James Kent embark on a dark and disturbing European journey, Champion’s new... More > offering, Keefie, occupies very different territory. Opening amongst the narrow, grimy, tree-free streets of 1930s East London where his titular hero is growing up and making sense of his world in the run-up to war, Champion brilliantly captures the claustrophobic life of work, traditional gender roles and family amongst the white working class that once dominated these neighbourhoods, deploying his mastery of conversation to powerful effect as he anatomises the rules, restrictions and unspoken resentments that define a tightly bounded, long lost world. A second narrative, initially located in New York, collides with the first in rural East Anglia which sees a blue collar lecturer on an intellectual journey that probes identity and the inherent contradictions between nature and nurture.< Less
The Beat Years By Ken Champion
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There are all the joys of Ken Champion’s writing here – a vivid depiction of time and place created with painterly skill, telling humour and characters both bound by and railing against... More > society’s expectations. This is a world rich and busy with the banter, camaraderie and cruelty of daily life, with painful truths beneath. At its heart is the story of Ben, coming of age in the East End of the fifties, whose encounter with the adventurous, liberated Beat Years is merely glanced in the pages of Kerouac’s On The Road. His struggle to move beyond the grey predictability and stifling life mapped out for him is shown through his drifting friendship with Johnny who shares his urge to escape and the desire to explore beyond the limits of what’s expected. But both learn that freedom isn't so easy; chances glide past, becoming the roads not travelled as Ben’s life is defined by the choices he makes.< Less
Cameo Metro By Ken Champion
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A collection of poems on various themes : Metropolitan Life, America, Africa, Film Noir and Theatre
Noir By Ken Champion
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Nostalgia ain't what it used to be but the narrator's affair in modern London is infected by those great 1940 films: "He saw Gail again a year almost to the day after Billy had died. He was... More > waiting outside a station for a group of students who wanted his company in celebrating their passing an Access course he had created at his new college, just a mile away, at a recently-opened African restaurant in Green Street, not far from where the old football stadium was being demolished. He had, still feeling some anger, though a little less-consuming because of the money he had, albeit reluctantly, accepted, been attempting to consider Dan’s analysis"< Less