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The Virgin Soldiers (Virgin Soldiers Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leslie Thomas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'It rained a lot and steamed when the sun shone. It was always hot. But it was safe...'



One way or another the Communist guerrilla war in Malaya kept a whole British army occupied from 1948 until 1952. They were the virgin soldiers. Idle, homesick, afraid, bored, oversexed and unsatisfied.



A young virgin like Brigg had to grab his fun while and where he could - in the Liberty Club, in Juicy Lucy's flat or up in Phillipa's room - in one frantic attempt at living before he died or got demobbed...



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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

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Leslie Thomas's best-known and most enduring novel, published for the first time in Arrow Books and repackaged in a beautiful new look for a new audience.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 009949003X
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EYSXOS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Virgin Soldiers 20 Jun. 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've never read any of Leslie Thomas' works before, but came across a reference to them on an Amazon forum, and was intrigued.

1948-1952, and life on Panglin, while the war on the Malaya mainland raged, was wet and hot, but safe. "Men arrived at Panglin who had been mislaid by the army." In between clerical duties and morning musters, Brigg spends his time thinking of sex, and how to get it. Philippa, daughter of Regimental Sergeant-Major Raskin, thinks of ways to avoid her father. Sergeant Driscoll practices trying to shut his left eye so that he can sight his rifle and get back to a decent regiment. Colonel Bromley Pickering tries to keep his lads out of trouble. While they count down the days till they can go home again, occasionally the war touches their little corner of the world. Even amidst the sometimes funny, and sometimes rather macabre humour, death still remains a real threat to these poor lads, fifty-two out of the one hundred and sixty of whom wear glasses, men with fingers or toes missing, psychiatric cases, and two members of the unit who only have vision in one eye. This ragtag bunch, and their adventures make up the story in this book. Great stuff; sad, funny, but always `real'. I shall be looking out for more of this author's works.
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Cover. I have the nice design depicting a soldier in the body of a green jungle woman. Very neat.

Contents

Made a start and chuckling already. I read on .... Quite a contrast to Garden of Evening Mists which takes place in the same period.

Finished. I am glad I read but I cannot say the book did too much for me. Perhaps more wartime action might have helped and historic background to why British troops were in Malaya.

Alexander of Allrighters and Ywnwab!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Virgin SOLDIERS 18 Jun. 2014
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Very good, DIFFICULT to put down but easy to lock up where you left of. On to the next in the trilogy
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 27 May 2014
By EJN
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After Leslie Thomas's recent passing, I thought I would re-read the work that made him famous. It hasn't lost any of its humour through the passage of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 25 May 2014
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This was a true reflection of National Service life as told by my late elder brother who was stationed in Gibraltar
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4.0 out of 5 stars going back 25 May 2014
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bemoaning the lack of humorous books and authors, was sad to hear of Lesley thomas' death and decided to re-aquaint myself with his work. I was not disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mbknees 19 May 2014
By mbknees
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Very readable. I have read this in paperback some years ago, so I thought a reminder was in order on the Kindle.
I suspect there was a lot of truth in the story, more like a diary of someone who was there. I just missed national service due to age, for which I am forever grateful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected... 18 Mar. 2014
By JC
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My memory of the Virgin Soldiers was of Carry On-type films. Moving to Singapore, and looking for a locally set read, I tried the free sample and then the full book and am glad I did: tender, gentle and sad as well as comic, impressively well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
entertaining
Published 4 months ago by daniel gillies
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as I hoped
Published 5 months ago by Jeremy Cronshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 5 months ago by C.M. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars This is possibly the best that Leslie Thomas ever wrote
This is possibly the best that Leslie Thomas ever wrote, plenty of action and interesting relationships, what more do you want !
Published 6 months ago by Brian Tattersall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great read
Published 6 months ago by B. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book as I grew up with the 18 ...
I enjoyed this book as I grew up with the 18 yrs old boys going of to do their compulsory national service, can imagine a lot were afraid of going overseas to fight in the wars.
Published 7 months ago by B MB
5.0 out of 5 stars is a lovely writer who conveys a sense of being there while keeping...
Lesley Thomas, RIP, is a lovely writer who conveys a sense of being there while keeping his deep sense of fun - a great read!
Published 8 months ago by John Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Tp Bridgman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reminder of what national service was like
Published 8 months ago by D W Mattin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Funny But Interesting
Heard about this book on BBC Good Read as one of the finalists of Funniest Book. Didn't find it very funny but interesting.
Published 9 months ago by International Nomad
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