People thought nothing could disturb the even tenor of Alan's family life. But they didn't know about his sister Madge's forbidden passion or his mother's disappearances. This novel was first published in 1976.
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Beryl Bainbridge is the author of such critically acclaimed novels as the bestselling The Birthday Boys, Every Man for Himself, and, most recently, Master Georgie. Five times a nominee for the Booker Prize, she is twice a recipient of the Whitbread Prize for fiction. She lives in London.
It doesn't seem to be working for 17-year-old Alan. His mother, living in a romantic world of her own, has grown to despise his ineffectual father, who barely manages to keep food on the table, while his 15-year-old sister sneaks off nights to visit her German soldier before he is sent back. Nothing makes sense, and Alan can't even concentrate on his own studies. The glue that keeps the family from disintegrating, however, is the intense love and faith that Alan lavishes on each of its members. Mark McGann's reading is alive with their myriad voices--shrill, gruff, and petulant by turns--and Alan's world takes life from McGann. But most of all the reading resonates with the narrator's deep affection. It is the earnest cockney voice of a schoolboy pained at his family's collapse but helpless to prevent it. Bainbridge has created a quiet life that moves the heart. P.E.F. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140234179
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140234179