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MOTV feature & interview at 'Coffee, Books & Art'


Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters’ lives / lifestyles?
Indeed! I’ve had a fascination with the 1930s for quite a while now, and have spent the last four or five years researching for the book series. This research is on-going and includes reading a lot of contemporary fiction of the era (there’s a full bibliography at the back of the novel, but I’m particularly fond of the writings of Patrick Hamilton, Gerald Kersh and Graham Greene); referring to historical accounts; watching British movies from the 30s; and searching out old newsreels on the internet.

I’ve paid particular attention to researching the authentic slang and idioms of London in the 1930s; I’m sure most of your readers will have heard of the famous ‘Cockney Rhyming slang’, but there’s also thieves’ cant, Polari, Yiddish, back slang and street argot in the book (don’t worry though – I’ve included a glossary). Consequently I’ve now got a great little collection of old slang dictionaries, with titles such as “A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue” and “A Dictionary of the Underworld”. It’s interesting to see how some of these old phrases are still with us today ...


Sarit Yahalomi

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