Page 31. " he must have been dying, walking along the sea front to Hove, dying "


Hove sea front
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The scene of Hale's final minutes is a peaceful promenade, leading away from the crowded, garish tourist attractions of central Brighton towards the relative tranquility of Hove Lawns and the Lagoon.

Page 34. " she thought someone had turned on the National Programme "
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The BBC National Programme was a radio station which broadcast up until the beginning of World War 2 in 1939. It covered news and current affairs across the whole of the United Kingdom.


Page 35. " the leap of the heart when the outsider you have backed passes the post and the colours go bobbing up "

Page 36. " the negroes were hanging round the public house doors in tight natty suitings "

Zoot suit
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The word negro was fairly commonplace in 1930s Britain, and was seen as a neutral term rather than a slur. However, racial prejudice was widespread at the time.

The 'tight natty suiting' is most likely to be a zoot suit, a style of dress that originated in Harlem jazz culture, tapered at the ankles whilst billowing at the cuffs.

Page 41. " an Edgar Wallace, a Netta Syrett from a second-hand stall, some sheets of music, The Good Companions "

Edgar Wallace was a prolific writer of crime thrillers, Netta Syrett a novelist and avid supporter of the New Woman feminist ideal.

The Good Companions is the story of a travelling music hall troupe, immensely popular amongst the public but not well-received by critics.



Page 48. " 'Vitriol', the boy said "

Sulfuric acid
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Vitriol is the 'household name' for sulfuric acid, a highly corrosive, controlled substance. Acid attacks, also known as vitriolage, are a form of violent assault resulting is severe burns to the victim, usually on the face.

Page 49. " Sherry's? I don't care "
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The dance hall was the predecessor of nightclubs and discotheques, and promised live music in a variety of popular styles.

Built in 1919, Sherry's dominated Brighton nightlife until 1949 when it was turned into a rollerskating rink.