Julian embarks on a career as an aspiring actor and sometime novelist, supporting himself as a bartender in a seedy pub frequented by other bohemians in London of the 1950s. Through an old school friend, Julian meets Anne and they fall in love. However, things do not go smoothly.

A Bottle in the Smoke 1992, Penguin Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780140165814

New edition

Mass-market paperback

The Bottle in the Smoke 1991, Penguin Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780140131659

Trade paperback

A Bottle in the Smoke 1990, Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781856190190