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Silken Dalliance: The Sequel to 'on Fire' Hardcover – 12 Jun 2009

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Thornton's Bookshop; First Edition edition (12 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854550402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854550401
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,588,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Ogden was first a professional soldier who helped give away the British Empire and then an advertising man who helped build and sustain commercial empires. In 1952 he was commissioned into The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, with whom he served in various parts of the world until he resigned his commission in 1964. He then joined J. Walter Thompson in London, moving, in the 1980s, to Ogilvy & Mather. He now lives in Oxfordshire

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B E Openshaw on 19 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
'Silken Dalliance'is the sequel, not the continuation of 'On Fire', John Ogden's earlier book. Therein lies Ogden's brilliance, the central character is new, along with others, and he brings in his baggage a dark complexity of erroneously conceived convictions and imagined injustices. 'On Fire' could be viewed as a tale of 'deering-do ', 'Silken Dalliance' is a tale of 'who-to-do'.

Sequels sometimes suffer from comparison with their origins, not here. The characters are now matured and more roundly drawn, each has various complexities and noble as well as ignoble ambitions. Like or dislike the characters you have to believe in them and at times admit to a certain sympathy, surely the judgements handed to them need not be so black and white.

The broad plot is well woven enough to allow interesting sub-plots to depend from it. Ogden has obviously recalled incidents from real life. One aspect of the British Army Of the Rhine was the practice of carrying out training exercises only with officers and their immediate logistic and communication support. These are described with accuracy and telling humour. This extends to the priviledged retiring to a convenient Gaushoff leaving the lower ranks coping under the camouflage netting in the forest.

This story examines the tame life of an army away from the field of battle where the minor aspects of life are inflated to an importance beyond their value. It is an army which could not exist today and in recalling those times and activities Ogden provides a great service. To do so with accuracy and humour is a very positive bonus. I look forward to the third volume of his triology.
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