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The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives
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on 9 March 2012
Sebastian Faulks is such a lovely writer - it's a joy to read whatever he writes! This little book of three short stories of young men who all died young is an absorbing read, each one different, but each one carrying the energy of the 'moth to the flame' in the way he lived his life.
I enjoyed it - particularly the astonishingly brave fighter pilot who stays in my memory after reading several more books.
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on 29 January 2014
Enjoyed Keith Richard's excellent autobiography? Read how they had fun in Villefranche before the Stones ever rolled; the foolishness of a Spitfire ace; and, best of all, the tragedy of young Wolfenden whose father's gay report was more relevant to his family than he might have guessed.
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on 16 January 2015
Struggled with this. So much so that I didn't read all the tales. The writing was dreary and just didn't capture my imagination. I've read a few other S> Faulks works and although hard going they were enjoyable. Not this one
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on 13 November 2014
Three very varied biographies, but written in the same way by Faulks, using his imagination, background knowledge of the eras and gift of writing to convey them in a novel way, but never crossing the line into pure fiction.
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on 28 April 2014
Three deep and meaningful narratives by a master novelist. I like historical novels and here Faulks offers us a trio to really enrich one's appreciation of our own times and lives as well as those of our past...
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on 14 March 2014
I read and enjoyed this book some years ago, and seized the chance when I saw it on Amazon to buy and enjoy again. I certainly did, as it portrays ways of life that are gone.
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on 3 July 2014
Three long essays. I felt that there was not enough good information for the length of book. Of interest to those alive in the middle of the last century.
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on 24 September 2014
Wonderful writing, the book leaves you feeling that you know the three men, and their strengths and flaws. A great book for holidays.
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on 16 November 2014
Read for our reader's group, amazing research, very dense book, interesting lives of three, previously unknown to me, men.
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on 25 July 2015
Fascinating and sympathetic mini-biographies of 3 exceptional men, beautifully written - as you'd expect from SF.
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