Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tristram Cary and Joyce Cary

Alex Wilcock reports the death of Tristram Cary, the pioneer of electronic music who also wrote the score for the Ealing classic The Ladykillers.

And Cary does have a Liberal connection.

Tristram Cary was the son of the novelist Joyce Cary. Joyce Cary contributed a volume (Power in Men) to the short-lived Liberal Book Club in 1939, though the excellent Wikipedia entry on him suggests that he was unhappy with the way the book was edited.

Joyce Cary also wrote a trilogy of novels about Chester Nimmo, a Liberal politician. They were Prisoner Of Grace (1952), Except The Lord (1954), and Not Honour More (1955) - the three books described in the Wikipedia entry as "the second trilogy".

I have read several of Joyce Cary's novels and they are certainly worth seeking out. He had quite a critical reputation in his day and is unjustly neglected today.

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