A Very English Hero by Peter J. Conradi

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A Very English Hero is a pensive, moving and very personal book.
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Modest, handsome and a fine poet, eccentric Englishman Frank Thompson made an unlikely soldier. Brother of E. P. Thompson and lover of Iris Murdoch, Frank was an intellectual idealist, a rare combination of brilliant mind and enormous heart. Of his wartime experiences, Frank wrote prodigiously. His letters, diaries and poetry still read fresh and intimate today - and it is from these that Peter J. Conradi brings vividly to life a brilliantly attractive and courageous personality. Aged just twenty-three, Frank was captured, tortured and executed in Bulgaria. A soldier of principle and integrity, he fought a poet's war; a very English hero from a very different era.
 

About Peter J. Conradi

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Peter J. Conradi, honorary research fellow and biographer, is the author of critical studies of Dostoevsky, Angus Wilson, and John Fowles. He was a friend of Dame Iris Murdoch's and produced a study of her novels and thoughts. He lives in England.
 
Published August 13, 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing. 433 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by WB Gooderham on Jul 26 2013

In this exhaustive account of Thompson's all-too-brief life, Conradi presents a portrait of the second world war from the perspective of England's leftwing bohemian intelligentsia...

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Reviewed by Frances Wilson on Jul 28 2012

A Very English Hero is a pensive, moving and very personal book.

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