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My Life as a Man [Hardcover]

Frederic Lindsay
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14 April 2009
When factory owner Bernard Morton fires him from his first job, Harry Glass protests by impulsively going off with Morton's car and the intriguing Mrs Morton. Shocked out of the life she has been living, Mrs Morton forms a bond with Harry as they are pursued from one city to another with the Morton brothers in pursuit. Bernard wants his wife back; Norman is more concerned with the contents of a briefcase left in the car boot. When Harry and Mrs Morton are given shelter in a remote house in the Highlands, it seems they have found refuge. But by the time the Morton brothers find them they have been caught up in a world of sexual perversity and fantasy. "My Life as a Man" begins with a nation in the grip of anti-war fever, and ends with an old man's discovery that life can still surprise him.
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  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (14 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312376391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312376390
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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'A fierce writer, devoting an equal ferocity to love as to depravity.' The Guardian 'There's an echo of Simenon in his best work, and I can't offer praise higher than that.' Allan Massie 'One of the most potent voices in contemporary Scottish fiction.' The Herald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Frederic Lindsay was born and brought up in Glasgow, and now lives in Edinburgh. After graduating with first class honours in English Literature and Language he worked as a library assistant, a teacher and a lecturer before becoming a full-time writer in 1979. He is the author of over ten novels, including Brond, Kissing Judas and Death Knock. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and atmospheric 6 Sep 2010
By MarkW
Unusual storyline set in 1950s(?), sandwiched in between related present day episodes, it tells the tale of a young lad who 'accidentally' drives off with a lady and a briefcase. It is very atmospheric, sometimes sinister, with some characters that made me uncomfortable, and there is often the feeling that something nasty is about to happen - particularly towards the end. I was engrossed for most of it, but motivations for me did not quite work out. I also was not convinced for the need of the present day parts - I think the story could have stood alone without that. So a good read, but if some of characters had been more likable and motivation more believeable this could have been even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling coming of age tale 17 April 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In Glasgow, working at a factory job for a week, eighteen year old Harry Glass is fired. That occurs after he is tossed out of the house by the hairy ex boyfriend of his runaway mother. Without giving it a second thought, Harry takes the car keys of his ex-boss Bernard Morton and drives away in the man's car. However, he is not alone as the boss' wife Eileen is also in the vehicle.

Eileen and Harry begin an affair though she is almost two decades older than him. As they drive to Edinburgh and Aberdeen, violent men chase after them though neither Harry nor Eileen know why. The thugs believe a valise containing a small fortune is hidden in the boot. The pair of runaways makes it to a farm owned by menacing August and Beate. A frightened Harry sneaks away returning to Glasgow to enlist the aid of Morton and his brother.

Though tension is high especially with thugs chasing the lead couple, the entertaining MY LIFE AS A MAN is more a coming of age character study than a straight thriller due to the opening chapter occurring in the future and Harry's first person point of view. The story line grips readers from the moment Harry has had it and takes the keys and the wife on a joy ride. This tale is driven by Harry who learns life is filled with errors and sometimes redemption and second chances, but not always. Fans will enjoy his first escapades as a man.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Every bargain has its price." 14 April 2009
By Luan Gaines - Published on
Beginning with an impulsive action, this unusual Scottish novel veers into dark territory, the unpredictable landscape of strangers and an unplanned future where menace lurks unabated. Leaving his factory job after being fired by his boss, Bernard Morton, nineteen-year-old Harry Glass gets into Morton's car and drives off. As Harry is aware, Morton's wife is sitting in that car, waiting for her husband as she does everyday. With few words exchanged, the impromptu road trip continues through winding and unfamiliar roads, far from the factory and Mr. Morton. The two have little money between them, Mrs. Morton acquiescing to Harry's leadership through the next day. When they spot a clumsy, hand-lettered sign advertising snacks on an obscure country road, they stop, at a dead end.

Mrs. Morton is ill. A couple at a house and the end of the road offers sandwiches, a bed for Mrs. Morton as well. Meanwhile, Harry makes an important discovery, one that ensures Bernard and his brother, Norman, will be on their trail. The story turns from simple runaway to a more sinister landscape, where the helpful couple, August and Beate absorb Harry and Mrs. Morton into their home, Harry helping with the chores, albeit with an uncomfortable sense that August is watching his every move. Bonding with Beate, Mrs. Morton is unavailable to Harry; and he is unwilling to share his recently discovered secret with anyone else around. It seems that Hansel and Gretel have found themselves lost in the forest, a friendly witch welcoming them, either a refuge or a trap. What appeared a happy coincidence, shelter from their pursuers may be danger in disguise.

Lindsay writes a deceptively simple tale fueled by vague menace, an analogy of love lost and redeemed, a final desperate action resulting in a deadly confrontation. A web of deceit unfolds, the easy evil of two men thwarted by one more clever and more sinister. Another story unfolds, a relationship born of circumstance and unexpected threat, of misplaced intentions and opportunity. With a subtle twist of fate and unerring plot, a bond bridges age and reason, a dark psychological study that skirts the realm of nightmare and of hope. Luan Gaines/2009.
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