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The Happiest Days [Kindle Edition]

Iain Manson

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Book Description

If Thomas Cardwell's schooldays are the happiest days of his life, God help him for the rest of it.

From the mid 1950s to the late 1960s he goes through all the traumas of childhood and adolescence, and then some. They are visited on him like the plagues of Egypt: the cane, acne, frustrated sexuality, dimly understood political theory . . . and so on and on.

The action takes place against the background of the times. The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Profumo Affair, mini-skirts and the Beatles are all part of Tom's bewildered world. Never really up to it, he staggers from crisis to crisis, unable to make real sense of what is going on, and lacking even the nous to pretend (like everyone else) that he does.

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About the Author

Having spent many years abroad teaching English as a foreign language, Iain Manson now lives in west London. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, and he is the author of three novels and one nonfiction book His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, and he is the author of three novels and one nonfiction book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Fountain; 1 edition (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNFC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #474,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Iain Manson's first book, The Lion and the Eagle, tells the story of the 1860 prize fight between British champion Tom Sayers and his American counterpart John Heenan. Published in 2008, it was well received by the critics.

Manson's journalism, mostly written under the pen name of Simon Craig, has appeared in many national publications on both sides of the Atlantic.

Having worked abroad for many years, he now lives in west London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The little engine that (almost) could... 5 Nov. 2011
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I really enjoyed most of this book and found myself laughing out-loud at the protagonist and his buddy as they bumbled their way through their childhoods and adolescence. The book takes place in Brittan in the 50s and 60s, but other than some British words and the names of some of the TV shows they watched or comic books they read, which were unfamiliar, this could have been "Anyplace USA". The squabbling between sister and brother was priceless. This really was a fun read although some may find the language appalling. The novel was very well written with few mistakes or editing errors, and all of the main characters were well developed. My only problem with it was that I felt like the last 15% of the book kind of ran out of steam (which was a bit disappointing), but overall it was a good read and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as such.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Choppy and disappointing 5 Nov. 2011
By Amy Heidner - Published on
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I was expecting to find threads of kinship with an adolescent who would now be about my age. However the book lurches from chapter to chapter with all the grace of an inebriated soul trying to walk in a circle. I found this so distracting that I had trouble finishing. I did enjoy some of the vignettes individually - perhaps this book would be better described as a collection of short stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Lover 11 Mar. 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the first book by Ianm Manson that I have read. I am sure I will read more of this books.
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