A Son of War by Melvyn Bragg

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The second volume of a trilogy that began with The Soldier's Return.

 

About Melvyn Bragg

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Melvyn Bragg has written several works of non-fiction (as well as his bestselling novels) including "Speak for England", an oral history of the twentieth century; "Rich", a biography of Richard Burton; and "On Giants Shoulders", a history of science based on his BBC radio series. He was born in 1939 and educated at Oxford where he read history. He is controller of Arts at LWT and presi- dent of the National Campaign for the Arts. In 1998 he was made a life peer. He lives in London and Cumbria.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Sceptre. 432 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Bragg manages to evoke well the strange, schizophrenic atmosphere of postwar Britain—a time that was at once unremittingly grim and impossibly hopeful for the future—in the person of Sam, who was quiet and dutiful in the classic English style but full of secret enthusiasm and ambitions beneath th...

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As the 11+ maths paper of 1950 might have put it: "A novelist, aged 60, writes a novel every two years covering seven years in sequence of his life.

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The Guardian

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A Son of War Melvyn Bragg Sceptre £16.99, pp426 Almost every emotion can be found within family life - love, hate, jealousy, rage, power, powerlessness, resentment, pity, anguish, boredom, too much closeness and too much distance.

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Sam Richardson, a thoughtful working man whose life has been enlarged by his war experience in Burma, continues to find it difficult to settle back into Wigton, and eventually finds independence in taking over an old pub and bringing it back to life.

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