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Elvis Over England [Hardcover]

Barry Hines
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30 April 1998
Eddie blows all his redundancy money on a 1950s pink Cadillac, and after the inevitable row with his wife, he dons his recently re-discovered teddy boy suit, combs back his thinning hair, and sets off on a journey north to Prestwich Airport in Scotland where Elvis once briefly touched down.

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  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st edition (30 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718141180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718141189
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
He did it with ' A Kestrel for a Knave '(Kes), and now he's done it again with 'Elvis over England'.
I am the sort of person who will read one book, move on to the next, and never usually re-read the same book twice. However, with 'Elvis over England', I could read it again, again, again and again!
The character in the novel is Eddie. Over 50, overweight, and very jobless. The strain is taking its toll, and haunted by the memories of the sudden death of his friend Jedd when they were teenagers, he decides to buy a car just like Elvis's, and takes to the road, on a pilgrimage to Prestwick Airport, the only place in Britain where Elvis Presley walked on British soil.
The book is very funny, but at the same time, also very sad, and you just cant help but feel sorry for Eddie, and also for his long suffering wife. With violent tendencys, matters come to a head when his noisy neighbour plays one to many loud record in the middle of the night.
Buy this book now, read it, and I promise you, one day, you will want to read it again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic! 8 May 2013
By Lucy007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I re-read Kes recently and fell in love with it all over again. I wanted to read another Barry Hines book. Elvis Over England is not a great read. It doesn't have the same brilliant characterisation and attention to detail. The storyline is pretty weak.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different 30 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've said before that I find it hard to enjoy a book when I don't like the central character, and I didn't like this one. His poor wife! And yet the author made me sympathize with the way he was. There were even moments when I wished I had the nerve to deal with things the way he did...all I'm going to say is "sledgehammer".
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