The Two-Pound Tram by William Newton

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The year is 1937, and Hitler has just walked into Austria. Wilfred and Duncan live in a big old house in Sussex, England; they spend their days catching butterflies, and only ever see their parents on Wednesdays for lunch. When their mother elopes and their father takes up with other ladies, they decide that enough is enough: they will leave home, go to London, and buy a tram they have seen in an advertisement. It costs two pounds sterling...The Two-Pound Tram is a classic wartime tale of adventure, and a bittersweet evocation of youth and its triumph over hardship. William Newton is a retired doctor who lives in Oxfordshire, England, with his wife. The Two-Pound Tram is his first book. "Enter the dreamlike, secluded novel of two brothers growing up in Sussex, England, in the 1930s...The Two Pound Tram is a necklace of miracles, each more beautiful and unbelievable than the last."—Los Angeles Times "Newton's first novel begins life as a classic...Two boys alone in wartime England, a horse, a dog and a childhood dream—what more does one need for enchantment?...This evocative, bittersweet story of childhood is a gem for the literary treasure chest."—Dallas Morning News "Very occasionally one comes across a book which, in its unexpected delights, inspires one to leap about wild with praise, and rush out to buy copies for friends. This first work by William Newton...will surely have this effect on many readers...It's my book of the year and I shall give it to everyone for Christmas."—Spectator
 

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DIV DIV William Newton is a retired doctor who lives in Oxfordshire, England, with his wife. The Two-Pound Tram is his first book.
 
Published October 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 196 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Delightful debut by retired physician Newton: a historical fantasy about two brothers who run away from home during WWII and buy an old streetcar that eventually helps England win the Battle of Britain.

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