CHEAPJACK by Philip Allingham
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An aristocrat turns rebel and seeks adventure living by his wits. Allingham tells of his experiences reading palms for a living at various fairs in England and Wales, always attired in topper and evening clothes. Bit by bit he is accepted as a part of that world which makes a living at fairs and markets. His small successes grow into larger successes, and he adds to a fair income by taking on the demonstration of a hair curier. When a good conventional job in London materializes he finds himself with divided allegiance. Amusing -- entertaining adventures with village folk and fair people -- told with ingenuous delight in the novelty of his career and with likable British casualness. There is something of the humor and inconsequential flavor of Brazilian Adventure in a less glamorous setting.

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 1934
Publisher: Stokes