London: Hamish Hamilton, 1976. Craig Dodd (jacket design). First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. Rare. Used - Very Good. Black cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. Binding tight and square. Corners sharp. Some toning from age but clean and unmarked. Slight close tear to rear inner hinge, repaired with book tape. 13 x 20.5 cm. 311 pp. / Good/Very Good. Some scuffing. Spine slightly faded. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #10629
The Family Arsenal is a darkly comic novel of warped morals and disillusionment in South London by the award-winning writer Paul Theroux.
In South London terrorists plot. . .
Hood, a renegade American diplomat, envisions a new urban order in the opium for of his room. He flirts with terrorists, hoping to win their trust and respect. Mayo, his sometime bedmate, has just made a political statement - stealing a Flemish painting and negotiating publicity over this act with The Times. Murf the bomb-maker leaves his mark in red, scrawling 'Arsenal Rule' across half the city's walls, whilst his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Brodie, bombs Euston and afterwards worries about her complexion.
A novel of London lowlife and the dispossessed, and a powerful and violent thriller of disenchanted people.