Summer Season

Summer Season

Alan Clark

Memoir / History

Summer Season records several anxious days in the life of Kenneth Crane, unemployed graduate. Crane has taken a temporary post as tutor to the young son of a luminary in a small seaside town. Crane finds life difficult enough, but almost intolerably so when he finds himself number-one suspect on a possible murder charge. For the delectable Kitty du Chair, by even contemporary standards a remarkably advanced teen-ager, disappears. She has been seen consorting with Crane. The police close in and Crane's behaviour becomes more erratic (and hilarious). Summer Season is like a Jacques Tati film, having the same dream-like, almost surrealist quality. The humour is infectious and will be caught by very many readers
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Rory's Boys

Rory's Boys

Alan Clark

Memoir / History

Inheriting his grandmother's crumbling mansion, Rory Blaine creates Britain's first retirement home for gay men. Perceptive and moving, Rory's Boys is about one man's struggle to accept who he is and about the need most of us have to find some sort of family.
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Aces High

Aces High

Alan Clark

Memoir / History

They were forbidden to carry parachutes; they lived in dread of being shot down in flames; their life expectancy was measured in days... But these were the flyers who became legends in their own life-times - Albert Ball, Manfred von Richthofen, Mick Mannock, Rene Fonck, Georges Guynemer. There is something of a myth surrounding the war in the air from 1914 -1918. The myth suggests that while any semblance of chivalry or idealism might have died in the filth and gore of the trenches, in the air above, noble heroes battled in one-on-one dog fights like the knights of old. In Aces High, Clark shoots this myth down in flames. This book serves to remind the readers that while Clark may not have been an entirely scrupulous politician, he was an exemplary military historian. Aces High is his vivid chronicle of aerial warfare during five turbulent years.
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