This Small Cloud by Harry Daley

This Small Cloud by Harry Daley


A secondhand book, first edition in an unclipped dust jacket in very good condition. From the inside cover: "Harry Daley was a London policeman. In twenty-five years of service, lasting until after the Second World War, he patrolled the streets of Hammersmith, soho and Wandsworth, dealing with petty crime, small scale corruption and the lawlessness of London life. Harry Daley was also a homosexual who had a friendship with the writer E.M. Forster and was accepted into his world of the Bloomsbury literary scene.

In This Small Cloud Daley tells the story of his life, a life lived to the full but always in the shadow of the small cloud of his sexuality, something which he was too honest, or too impatient, to keep secret. He gives a vivid and evocative account of his happy childhood as son of a deep sea fisherman in Lwestoft before the First World War, his early sexual encounters, and his long and eventful career in the Metropolitan Police.

This book provides a fascinating insight into the working relationships in the police -- the shifting trends of official policy, the petty corruptions and wide areas of liberality and decency, and the various police types; 'snatchers', 'rubber-heelers' and so on...."

  • Details

    Imprint: Weidenfeld and Nicolson

    Publication Date: 1986

    ISBN: 0297789996

    Pages: 241

    Format: Hardback

    Type: Second hand 

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