Dockers and Detectives

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Five Leaves, 2008 - American fiction - 160 pages
Ken Worpole analyses the appeal of 'hardboiled' US crime novels of the 1930s to an industrial working class that failed to identify with the tamed domesticity of the home counties.

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A study of mass literary culture in the UK and discusses how readers and writers produce and absorb words. It is a well thought-through text which attacks the quite arbitrary division between popular and serious literature. The literary canon is castigated as a bar to greater cultural democracy. Read full review

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