Books: Cad on the Make

THE FORTUNATE MAN (376 pp.]—Frank Tilsley—Messner ($3.95).

The main thing about Jimmy Magnall was that he meant to get ahead. But what was just as important was the fact that he did not mind using other people on the way up, cheerfully trampling them if they were still around after they had stopped being of use. And who was Jimmy? A nobody, really; in 1919 just a cocky kid from Birmingham, not long out of the army, and trying to make his way in a postwar London that had far fewer jobs than hungry Jimmies looking for them.

In The Fortunate Man, English...

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