Simon Raven Alms for Oblivion, Vol. III

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Alms for Oblivion, Vol. III

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A dazzling sequence of novels about the English misbehaving at home and abroad.
 
Alms for Oblivion is a series of ten novels, all telling separate stories but at the same time linked together by the characters they have in common: solidiers and dons, men of business, politician and writers. Full of hearty rancour, they form a scathing chronicle of the upper echelons of postwar English society. This final volume contains Bring Forth the Body and The Survivors.

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Author SIMON RAVEN was perhaps known as much for his controversial behaviour as for his writing. He grew up reading and studying the classics, translating them from Greek and Latin into English and vice-versa. He was expelled from Charterhouse School in 1945 for homosexual activities and went on to join the army. Following his National Service, Raven attended King's College, Cambridge to read English. Raven returned to the army but was asked to resign rather than face a court-martial for 'conduct unbecoming.' It was at this point that he turned his focus to writing. The publisher Anthony Blond paid Raven to write and to move away from London to Deal, Kent. His works span a multitude of genres including fiction, drama, essays, memoirs and screenplays. Simon Raven died in May 2001.

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"Majestic, scurrilous and scabrous...Raven's novels are joyous in their characterisation, wit and erudition... truffling in the fertile fields of soldiery, academia, business, politics and publishing. Raven's world -- the upper middle class and upper class -- is peopled by some of the vilest, funniest characters in English literature."
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