Frank Norman photographed by Duffy for Vogue with model Jennifer Hocking. The article titled “I don’t know fashion but I know what I like” was published in December 1960. The feature also included Lionel Bart, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern, and Ron Moody.
Born in Bristol in 1930, Norman was abandoned by his birth parents. He ended up in various children’s homes in London. After this, he became a petty criminal eventually landing him in Camp Hill Prison for 3 years. Upon his release in 1957, he began writing a memoir of the time he was incarcerated. This became his best-known work titled “Bang to Rights” (1958).
Norman is described in the article as “A Costermonger’s son who boosted the English musical with the book of ‘Fings ain’t wot they used t’be,’ speaks the language of Soho’s underworld fluently and has written two books – ‘Stand on Me’ and ‘Bang to Rights.” It also describes his latest novel which became “The Guntz” released in 1962.
This shot was taken early in his career which spanned another twenty years producing a total of nineteen novels and four plays before his unfortunate death in 1980.
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