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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099499746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099499749
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Scenes rivalling the best of D. H. Lawrence'" (Daily Telegraph)

"'Truly exciting'" (Daily Mail)

"'Splendidly conveys...compassion, excitement, entertainment'" (Evening Standard)

"Vividly readable... Leslie Thomas is one of nature's life enchancers" (Sunday Express)

"A fine storyteller" (Sunday Telegraph)

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Leslie Thomas's classic autobiography, with a new introduction, reissued to coincide with his 75th year

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Rowell on 16 July 2008
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Ok, I'm biased. Leslie Thomas is probably my favourite British writer of any generation, bar none.But I'm not a fan of autobiographies as I find them often to be shrines to the author's ego and sense of their own importance.

Not so this one. Of course Thomas can't help but refer (and rightly so) to his many accomplishments against considerable adversity, but there's never a sense of him pushing out his chest and 'crowing'.

It's a beautifully written tale, as finely crafted as any of his fictional works and penned in Thomas' own inimitable style (which can have tears of laughter rolling down your cheeks in one paragraph whilst having you emotionally choked in the next).

Whatever price you pay, it's worth every single penny!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Mar. 2011
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A wonderful book, always pulls on the heart strings with the reality of what was. Leslie Thomas is a great author.
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The death of Welsh author Leslie Thomas recently prompted me to re-read his autobiography In My Wildest Dreams. My copy has an updated introduction written in 2006 where Leslie Thomas recalls how he met one of his childhood friends who said, 'I'm retiring next year and I'm going to finish my book then.' 'You're writing a book?' Leslie asked. 'No,' his friend replied, 'I'm reading one.'

Leslie's great sense of humour makes this a very readable book, even though I'm sure he makes light of his very challenging early life and years spent in children's homes. I was particularly interested in how his first novel (followed by twenty-nine more) became such a worldwide best seller. It seems he had several lucky breaks, starting with the title. Based on his far eastern national service in the Army Pay Corps, it was originally going to be called The Little Soldiers then someone suggested it should be changed to The Virgin Soldiers just before the books went to print. A nervous BBC review editor added 'Don't leave it around where children can pick it up.' An intrigued public rushed to buy it - and the rest is history.

Leslie modestly says of The Virgin Soldiers, 'It was a beginner's book, written from the heart.' The fact is he spent years learning his craft the hard way, writing for magazines and later as a reporter on the London Evening News. He also spotted an important niche when he realised no one had previously written a novel based on national service experiences.

I really enjoyed re-reading this life-affirming story of a resourceful but penniless orphan who, through his writing, became a much-loved celebrity, (dining with Princess Diana) and am sure I will return to it sometime. I should really leave the last word to Leslie: "I overheard two old ladies talking. 'This Leslie Thomas,' one said, 'They say he can write and he's funny and charming. I can't see it myself." Her friend replied: 'Nor can I.' "
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Downey on 27 Dec. 2012
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Very good read. This was enjoyed over the Christmas and as one of Dad's favourite authors will be re-read numerous times I'm sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patricia on 5 Dec. 2012
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thought i would give this author a go ,and wow his books are very good ,you can relate with somethings of your younger childhood
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By Jack on 13 July 2013
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I first found Leslie Thomas when I read 'This Time Next Week', his account of growing up in a Barnardo's home. This book draws heavily on TTNW; indeed, there are parts when you feel that you could be reading the other book. It does take the reader on to learn more about Thomas' life after Barnardo's and that is something I always wanted to find out about.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billy No Mates on 10 Nov. 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book. I read 'This time next week' first which was very good and gave more early back ground. After reading both books I can understand where the inspiration for his work comes from - real life experiences. This is recommended reading for Leslie Thomas fans.
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I love Leslie Thomas books and his life story was fascinating, funny and sad. I am now buying his Dangerous books on Kimble, even though I have read them before.
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