MacInnes is an impressive figure because he wrote about race issues and being an incredible observer of those eras' political, art, and pop world. He was born in 1914 and died in 1976. His father, James Campbell McInnes, was a classical singer, and his mother, Angela Thirkell, was a novelist. MacInnes was very much a professional essayist who wrote about British politics, colonialism, crime/law, sexuality (he was an out bi-sexual), the visual arts, and the cancer that eventually killed him. He also observed the difference between high and low art and recognized that they came from the same pool. MacInnes also realizes that there is not a massive difference between the 'Coppers' and criminals. He breaks down the jail system and what happens when one gets arrested.
A collection of essays ( most from daily newspapers and magazines like The Spectator - orgainsed thematically - essays on Art & :Literary Criticism, Race and Colonialism, Crime and the Law, popular Culture, and a host of other topics - his own cancer diagnosis, thoughts on the ( then EEC) and many more.