Self-discovery and self-delusion are what make up Robin Davies. But for Robin there is always a separation between his inner self and his public self; until one day someone forces him to make both a choice and a commitment. It turns out to be a most uncomfortable moment for Robin, for he believes that he really can have the best of all worlds...
"Acutely and poignantly observed...there is still fire in the old devil's belly". - Daily Telegraph
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A strongly autobiographical novel which follows Robin Davies from school to Oxford. With him we live through all of the pangs of a pre-war adolescence in South London, and on through his rites of passage to adulthood involving rebellion, self-discovery, sex, seduction and commitment.Review:
"Acutely and poignantly observed-there is still fire in the old devil's belly" ( Daily Telegraph)
"As finely judged, as exactly observed, as vividly conceived as anything he has written" ( The Times)
"Funny, touching, well-constructed, sharply evocative of time and place and written with characteristic Amisian aplomb. It is a first class addition to his oeuvre" ( Spectator)
"Will have you whooping with delight" (John Osborne Literary Review)
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