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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (7 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330487485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330487481
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Such an arresting subject for a novel that one wonders why no one ever thought of it before . . . Binding fashions a convincing picture of a restless postwar world . . . a consistently entertaining and resourceful novel’ D. J. Taylor, Guardian

‘His triumph is to have created a marvellous, anachronistic hero in a novel which not only tries to explain a famous mystery, but takes a hard look at what Britain lost when the war was won’ Daily Mail

‘The dialogue is always a comic delight . . . Man Overboard is one half James Bond story (except more soulful), and one half Ealing Comedy. As such, it is pretty irresistible’ Daily Express

‘Tim Binding has written a historical novel which with a very light touch dramatizes the faint but inescapable foreignness of the past without turning it into a costume drama; its poignancy is the product of conviction. Binding wields a range of linguistic fire-power often missing from contemporary fiction, as much at ease with the visionary set piece as with bar-room banter . . . [Man Overboard] is a remarkable feat of compression, representing a significant artistic advance’ Sean O’Brien, TLS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The extraordinary and unlikely story of a real-life English war hero - a deeply imaginative, gently funny and profoundly stirring exploration of the idea of Englishness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harry Callahan on 13 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
Haven't enjoyed a book as much in ages. Tim Binding gets right inside the mind of an Englishman of a certain time and background and produces a highly entertaining and scintillatingly well written portrait of such a man, how he'd cope with war, how he'd respond to his country's call and how his relationships would take a back seat when he did. Some of the reviewers quoted on the cover seem to think the underlying thesis of the book is the author's own work, and it isn't (the book "Frogman Spy" got there first), but other than that all the praise this book gets is fully merited. Simply delightful.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gerardpeter on 20 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A fictional retelling of the mystery of the diver Buster Crabbe who disappeared when spying on Soviet ships in Portsmouth harbour in 1956. His body was never found. Tim Binding suggests he was taken back to the USSR and helped their development of submarine warfare. He lies dying in a Czech sanatorium and reminisces on his life. The narrator reveals a lost type of Englishman -all stiff upper lip and unthinking patriotism. The book was just boring.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVID LILLO on 15 Nov. 2014
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EXCELLENT
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Dead frog in the Pond" 22 Jun. 2007
By Joseph R. Calamia - Published on Amazon.com
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"MAN OVERBOARD" by Tim Binding is a rather interesting novel based on the 1956 mysterious disapearance of Britain's Naval Commander,Lionel Crabb, aka: "Buster Crabb." Several months after the Commander's disapearance, a "headless" and "handless" body was found in a frogman's wet suit floating just off the English channel...like a dead frog in the pond.
It was assumed that the body was that of Commander Crabb however, to my knowledge, that could never be proven. Updated DNA testing of those body remains (if they still exist), would be worthy of a book in itself.

Author, Tim Binding weaves a tale worthy of any James Bond adventure!
It makes the reader wonder if, "the frog really did die in the pond."
I thought the story line,and caricature development were extremely well done, as was the author's descriptive writting technique.

For some reason, the more I read of Crabb's dialogue, the more familiar it sounded. Suddenly, I realized that "Crabb" sounded a great deal like the persona of "Charlie Allnut" played by the actor, Humphrey Bogart in the 1951(?) movie, "African Queen" also staring Katharine Hepburn.

The book is a good read and I salute the author for his on-going interest in such a mysterious topic that has always pulled at me as well.
The author is of course, "very British" and many of the terms used in the book are not as quickly understood at first glance (if your not from Britain that is).

Like many writers, Mr. Binding skips from one time sequence to another very quickly. The reader gets used to this style but, had the author added "time-line" notes at the start of each change, it would have made the read smoother for the average reader.

All in all...a good book, a good read, and a great subject from which to spin a tale. Perhaps, Mr. Binding has more insight into that "frog in the pond" than we really know.
Exraordinary Tale, Deftly Told 7 Mar. 2013
By James B. Sitrick Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book masterfully tells a fictionalized version of the disappearance of a British diver in the 1950s, with flair, suspense and an incredible twist.
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