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Crossing the Lines [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Melvyn Bragg
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1 Jun 2004
The story of Joe from the end of A SON OF WAR, aged 16 (1955), through to the end of his first year at Oxford (1959), crossing the lines between childhood and adulthood as well as crossing from working class small town Wigton to cosmpolitan, rarified Oxford and all that promises for the future. The main thread is his relationship with Rachel, the 15 yr old schoolgirl he starts going out with in secret for fear of her father's fury and ends up engaged to while at Oxford until she breaks it off, knowing that they are on different paths in life and she belongs in the old, Wigton one. The dramas are the stuff of ordinary, family life, but Joe's rites of passage through adolescence will resonate with many, as will the example he sets of the new, post-war generation - the first 'teenagers', rock and roll and Teddy Boys.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print); Large type edition edition (1 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843953293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843953296
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enthralling, a joy to read ... immensely satisfying ... [it] is a novel to live in. By that I mean of course that it's one that enriches the reader's life. (Allan Massie, Scotsman)


'His masterpiece' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times' Books of the Year (Peter Kemp, Sunday Times' Books of the Year)

Unsentimental, truthful and wonderful (Beryl Bainbridge, Independent's Books of the Year)

An outstandingly good novel ... One of the best English novels of the last ten years ... utterly credible, utterly compelling and very enjoyable (Allan Massie, Scotsman)


A novel of remarkable power and grace ... his authenticity is astounding (Roy Hattersley, The Times)

Shot through with blazing integrity and authenticity (Val Hennessy, Daily Mail)

'He has laid the foundations for one of the finest literary sagas of post-war Britain.'

David Robson, Sunday Telegraph

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Crossing the Lines is both richly detailed and extraordinarily poignant (The Sunday Telegraph)

a remarkable portrait of post-war Britain...combining evocative and convincing period details with effortless and engrossing story-telling, it is a considerable achievement - and a wonderfully readable book. (SAGA) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third part in what is set to be a classic series begun in the bestselling THE SOLDIER'S RETURN and A SON OF WAR --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a modern classic 11 Feb 2005
Crossing the Lines sees the central character of Joe - perhaps largely modelled on the young Bragg - undergo the rites of passage into adulthood before going to Oxford University. For those who grew up in the 1950s, it is an evocative reminder of those times and what it was to be young. Bragg is an excellent novelist and this trilogy is a significant contribution to contemporary British literature.
My partner and I have loved all the books in the trilogy. Perhaps the highest compliment we can pay is that they are books we hope to read again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent Read 3 Dec 2006
This is an excellent book. I found this by mistake and haven't read the others in the series but I'm very impressed and will certainly be reading the other two. In fact they are on my Christmas List this year.

For some it may be hard going to start but, if you hang on it will reward.

I just couldn't put it down, whenever I get the chance I read a few pages which went into a chapter then a couple of chapters. I was actually late for work a couple of times because of it.

If you like a well presented book and are interested in our history and social upbringing then this is for you.

I look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crossing the Lines by Melvin Bragg 20 Aug 2012
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Set in the 1950s it tells a typical tale of the changes that have to be overcome in maturing in the aftermath of a major war.
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