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Children of the Archbishop by [Collins, Norman]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1385 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (16 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008M6XAKQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Peter Howley VINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2014
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This is an utterly engrossing read. Funny and touching in turns, full of engaging characters and beautifully written. Norman Collins was an excellent story-teller who took his time to tell his tale and entertains from page one to the end. "Children of the Archbishop" actually comes pretty close to his master work "London Belongs To Me" in quality and sheer enjoyment. It would not be too much of a stretch to compare Collins to Dickens, simply for his mastery at telling the story of ordinary folk living their extraordinary (and at the same time mundane) lives. Highly recommended.
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I have been a Norman Collins fan for ever. How I wish he had lived to write more books of this kind. He has been described as the modern Dickens. I could not agree more. This book set in the 20s and 30s is for one of his best. The insight into the various different characters from Bishops, titled ladies to kitchen maids is brilliant,. His understanding of children brought up in the environment of an Children's Home is quite touching at times
.In my opinion this together with" London belongs to me" is his best work
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I read and very much enjoyed "London belongs to me" so I progressed on to " Children of the Archbishop" by the same author.

Having been totally captivated by the characters and lives of "London...." I fully expected this second book to be a bit of an anti-climax . Imagine my surprise to find myself loving " Children..." even more.

It was simply one of those reads which I did not want to end. I even found myself rationing myself to a couple of chapters per session to make it last longer! Silly I know - but when you read it you will understand.
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I first read this book by Norman Collins when I was a teenager and having rediscovered his magnum opus, London Belongs to Me, I downloaded this book. It has some lovely pearls of wisdom, good..not great..writing and lots of humour. More than once I laughed out loud. But what I like best is that the author has insight into his characters personalities, especially children. It is a nice, easy read, but with sentences and philosophies that still ring true today.
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Just couldn't get into this book. Not the fault of the author - I just loved Norman's 'London Belongs to Me' but this I found heavy going.
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I read this book many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read many books by Norman Collins and have never been disappointed.
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