Ian Parson – 2nd novel ‘The East End Beckons’

Ian Parson at the book launch, East London, 1st August, 2015

Ian Parson at the book launch, East London, 1st August, 2015

The author Ian Parson has published his second book:

‘The East End Beckons’


the 2nd novel by Ian Parson is ‘The East End Beckons’ Flyer from book reading in Polperro, Cornwall


The perception that the World is spinning out of control is nothing new. England in 1840, at the start of Victoria’s reign, saw change on an unprecedented level. Cornwall, England’s Southern tip was though isolated, difficult to get to. The Cornish still did things their own way. Smuggling helped whole communities struggle from one year to the next. If London wanted them to buy into the industrial revolution, working longer hours under electric lighting for the good of Queen and country, they were prepared to. However they wanted something in return. They wanted the right to vote. Meanwhile, pianos were being mass-produced for the first time. Joff Owens didn’t want to follow into the family smuggling business, nor did he care about politics. He just wanted to play music. By the 1860’s London was the nerve centre of the new musical theatre. It was then the most tolerant capital in Europe, and men came from the USA, Russia, Poland, Italy and the Empire.They kept on coming, often straight into the mean streets of the East End. Joff Owens played piano for them all. Twenty years later, Victoria had been in power for nearly fifty years when Jack the Ripper prowled Whitechapel. West End theatres were producing the very first working class heroes. Stars of the stage rose from rags to riches. The world was changing fast and one man played the soundtrack as it did so; Joff played for them all. 150 years later there is still a perception of a world spinning out of control. Although there is a choice, there is hope. There is always hope!

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