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Crossing The Lines Hardcover – 9 Jun 2003


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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; 1st edition (9 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340829656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340829653
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 24.2 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,839,020 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)

Enthralling, a joy to read ... The range of characters... is evidence of the richness of Melvyn Bragg's imagination. He brings to life all sorts of people, and so deepens and extends our understanding ... It's a conventional story, and you may think you have read it often. So indeed you probably have. Yet Melvyn Bragg makes it new. He makes it new and he makes it matter. He has a rare gift for exploring the inability of people to express their feelings, while allowing the reader to understand just how intense and deep those feelings are ... There is humour in the novel. There is much pleasure to be had from its recapture of times, moods, attitudea which have now slipped away. But what I admire most is Bragg's ability to give dignity to all his characters, to treat the inarticulate, and those whose experience of life is narrow, with the same respect he gives to his young hero. And he does this without sliding into sentimentality ... [it] is immensely satisfying, written with honesty and imagination ... it's a book you can trust, written with the utmost integrity. Bragg's material has been a long time maturing, and is all the better for that. The result 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)

THE SOLDIER'S RETURN

'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 SON OF WAR

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

(David Robson, Sunday Telegraph)

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)

Book Description

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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "dayalclarke" on 11 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By D. Allgood on 3 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. M. Ashley on 20 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Lyons on 7 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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