A Kid for Two Farthings

Author(s): Wolf Mankowitz

Literary Fiction

Six year-old Joe knows a unicorn when he sees one. His downstairs neighbour Mr Kandinsky has told him all about these mythical creatures, and there isn't anything in the world that this wise tailor doesn't know. So when Joe sees a little white goat amidst the singing birds, salted herrings and hokey-pokey ices of a Whitechapel market he has to have him. He knows it's just a matter of time before the tiny bump on the unicorn's head becomes the magic horn to grant his every wish. For in the embattled working-class community of 1950s East End London, there are plenty of people in need of good fortune. The only thing Mr Kandinsky wants is a steam press for his shop; his assistant Shmule, a wrestler, just needs to buy a ring for his girl; and all Joe and his mother wish for, more than anything, is to join his father in Africa. But maybe, just maybe, Joe's unicorn can sprinkle enough luck on all his friends for their humble dreams to come true. A Kid for Two Farthings is part of The Bloomsbury Group, a new library of books from the early twentieth-century chosen by readers for readers.


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Carol Reed directed the 1955 feature film starring Celia Johnson, Diana Dors and Sid James Bringing all the sights, sounds and savours of 1950s Whitechapel to life, A Kid for Two Farthings reveals the hardships and dreams of a vibrant post-war immigrant community First published in 1953, A Kid for Two Farthings received fantastic reviews and remains a much-loved classic

'Wolf Mankowitz possesed the now largely vanished gift of being able to write about romance and sentiment without being ever sentimental' Dennis Norden 'A small miracle. He writes of the teeming streets round the Whitechapel Road with such glowing warmth and love that they come triumphantly alive. Wolf Mankowitz, you are not a star. You are a planet' Daily Express 'A most touching little story' Punch 'Combines affecting tenderness with sharply funny observation' The Times

Wolf Mankowitz was born in 1924 in the East End of London, the heart of London's Jewish community. This background provided him with the material for three famous novels A Kid for Two Farthings, Make me an Offer, and My Old Man's a Dustman. A Kid for Two Farthings was adapted as a film by the director Carol Reed in 1955. Make me an Offer was filmed the year before. In 1958 he wrote the book for the hit West End musical Expresso Bongo. Mankowitz's remarkable output has included novels, plays, historical studies and the screenplays for many successful films which have received awards including the Oscar, Bafta and the Cannes Grand Prix. Mankowitz was hired as one of the screenwriters for the first Bond film, Doctor No. He later also collaborated on the screenplay for Casino Royale.Mankowitz died of cancer in 1998, in County Cork, Ireland.

General Fields

  • : 9781408802946
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.124
  • : November 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 9mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Wolf Mankowitz
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 144