Lost Empires: Being Richard Herncastle's Account of His Life on the Variety Stage from November 1913 to August 1914, Together with a Prologue and Epilogue
In 1913-1914 a young Yorkshire boy's uncle sweeps him away from a dreary office job into the nomadic, boozy, amorous life of Variety performers on tour.
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