People of the Streets

Tony Parker
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‘People of the streets… you become aware of them, and wonder who and what they are… what kind of lives they have, and what living them means…’

First published in 1968, People of the Streets was Tony Parker’s sixth book, for which he spent a year approaching and interviewing people in London who were living their daily lives on street corners, along gutters or in subways. With his usual skill he coaxed them out of their natural reticence, born of solitude, into an unfamiliar but hugely illuminating spontaneity.

‘In [Parker’s] books the strength lies in the interpretive mind of the writer… He is a sociologist studying single cases in some depth and shows qualities of imagination shared by the historian and the biographer – a mixture of intelligence, sympathy and empathy.’ TLS


Tony Parker was born in Stockport on June 25 1923, the son of a bookseller. His mother died when he was 4. He began to write poems and plays in his late teens. Called up to military service early in the Second World War he declared himself a conscientious objector and, in lieu, was sent to work at a coal-mine…

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