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A novel of a young man's growth to maturity in post-war Yorkshire. Set in a Yorkshire town called Manningham in 1949, young Oliver Shaw begins a year of amorous adventure. One after another, he collects his dates from the local dance hall, as well as grimly pursuing a career as a schoolmaster.
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Higgins, author of many best-selling titles, the most recent being Night of the Fox (LJ 1/15/87), here reveals himself as the Julio Iglesias of thriller authors. This thinly disguised autobiographical novel is essentially a catalog of Higgins's remarkable number of sexual conquests in postwar England (were women then really this willing?). The author has been excused flimsy characterization in the past because his plots are so exciting, but here his weakness is glaringly obvious. However, this short memoir cum novel will be sought by the author's many fans to fulfill their curiosity. The casual browser will pass it over as yet another sophomoric reminiscence, barely above locker room conversation.
- Nora Rawlinson, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Aspiring writer Oliver Shaw, recently demobbed from the British army in 1949, decides to devote his time to the pursuit of women. "This slender yet interminable coming-of-age tale by immensely popular suspense novelist Higgins suggests only that the author shouldn't abandon his career in genre fiction just yet," noted PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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