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- DescriptionA new vel by Laurence Fleming, whose award-winning first vel was published in 1959 to great acclaim by, among others, Nancy Mitford. It is a bleak but darkly comic description of an afteron session in a clinic for alcoholics, sharply observed and poignant. As the characters talk, we see glimpses of what has led them to this point, and through interior mologue their self-delusions and attitudes to their situation and the incongruous group of which they are a part - horror, shame, amusement, contempt. This is a powerful, controversial and unflinching book. Dudley is quite silent. Poor old boy. He must have been incredibly handsome when he was young. For a moment one could see it, the glorious young officer swinging through the trees of the Burmese jungle. Or whatever they did. Now he's just a tired and sad old man almost indistinguishable from his thick-knit oatmeal pullover. He must be boiled. And all because he told us something he has probably never told anyone before. I lay a moment to give all that air time to settle and then I ran. Stupidly sobbing. I could hear the train slowing. They must have seen me. And I ran as fast as I could realising that the one thing I was afraid of was being caught. I couldn't face the explanations. I found a gap, bigger than the other. There was an old moon, lying on its back. I ran through the wood. That was when I felt those ghosts. I was in the house before the train came back. I heard some talking but shouting. And everyone in Copsewood slumbered on as if thing had happened.
- Author BiographyThroughout his varied life - which has included the Cambridge Footlights, theatrical set design in Paris and landscape design all over the world - Laurence Fleming has been an author. His first novel won the Artemis Prize in 1959 (judged by Angus Wilson, Nancy Mitford and Penelope Mortimer). Since then, his credits include: the bestselling The English Garden (Michael Joseph, 1979), Old English Villages (Weidenfeld, 1986) and Roberto Burle Marx: a Portrait (Editora Index, 1996).
- Author(s)Laurence Fleming
- PublisherBlack Spring Press Ltd
- Date of Publication11/03/2005
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBlack Spring Press Ltd
- Weight283 g
- Width125 mm
- Height177 mm
- Spine22 mm
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