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Crossing The Lines [Kindle Edition]

Melvyn Bragg
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in Britain during the 1950s, this moving and evocative novel follows the intertwined fates of people crossing boundaries in their lives. As a teenager in the small northern town of Wigton, Joe Richardson falls in love with Rachel, just when her life is about to be uprooted. While his parents, Sam and Ellen, face the frontiers of middle age, Joe finds himself drawn by the intoxicating world outside home, and swept into situations that seem beyond his control. Vividly conveying the spirit of the mid-century and the profound social changes taking place at the time, this is a masterly successor to the award-winning THE SOLDIER'S RETURN and A SON OF WAR.

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Combining evocative and convincing period details with effortless and engrossing story-telling, it is a considerable achievement and a wonderfully readable book.

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New Ed edition (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TNY36I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars crossing the lines 7 Sept. 2009
Having read and enjoyed the two earlier books in the series about the life or young Joe Richardson and his progress through post war Britain I was eager to read Crossing the Lines as the story line and the time line to some degree matched my own. However this book did not match up to my expectations. I became increasing distanced from Joe's character. For me he seemed too preoccupied with his own narrow concerns whereas the earlier books seemed to provide a broader sweep of concerns of the time. This book was too focused Joe's personal odyssey. I began to see him too caught up with his own concerns and in the end mainly concerned with 'aping his betters' at Oxford. Having said that those who are not acquainted with the era and interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of the post-war expansion of opportunities for the bright working class children will find this novel an entertaining and instructive read.
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