Crossing The Lines Hardcover – 9 Jun 2003
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Enthralling, a joy to read ... immensely satisfying ... [it] is a novel to live in. By that I mean of course that it's one that enriches the reader's life. (Allan Massie, Scotsman)
Enthralling, a joy to read ... The range of characters... is evidence of the richness of Melvyn Bragg's imagination. He brings to life all sorts of people, and so deepens and extends our understanding ... It's a conventional story, and you may think you have read it often. So indeed you probably have. Yet Melvyn Bragg makes it new. He makes it new and he makes it matter. He has a rare gift for exploring the inability of people to express their feelings, while allowing the reader to understand just how intense and deep those feelings are ... There is humour in the novel. There is much pleasure to be had from its recapture of times, moods, attitudea which have now slipped away. But what I admire most is Bragg's ability to give dignity to all his characters, to treat the inarticulate, and those whose experience of life is narrow, with the same respect he gives to his young hero. And he does this without sliding into sentimentality ... [it] is immensely satisfying, written with honesty and imagination ... it's a book you can trust, written with the utmost integrity. Bragg's material has been a long time maturing, and is all the better for that. The result is a novel to live in. By that I mean of course that it's one that enriches the reader's life. (Allan Massie, Scotsman)
THE SOLDIER'S RETURN
'His masterpiece' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times' Books of the Year (Peter Kemp, Sunday Times' Books of the Year)
Unsentimental, truthful and wonderful (Beryl Bainbridge, Independent's Books of the Year)
An outstandingly good novel ... One of the best English novels of the last ten years ... utterly credible, utterly compelling and very enjoyable (Allan Massie, Scotsman)
A SON OF WAR
A novel of remarkable power and grace ... his authenticity is astounding (Roy Hattersley, The Times)
Shot through with blazing integrity and authenticity (Val Hennessy, Daily Mail)
'He has laid the foundations for one of the finest literary sagas of post-war Britain.'
David Robson, Sunday Telegraph
Crossing the Lines is both richly detailed and extraordinarily poignant (The Sunday Telegraph)
a remarkable portrait of post-war Britain...combining evocative and convincing period details with effortless and engrossing story-telling, it is a considerable achievement - and a wonderfully readable book. (SAGA)
The third part in what is set to be a classic series begun in the bestselling THE SOLDIER'S RETURN and A SON OF WARSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
My partner and I have loved all the books in the trilogy. Perhaps the highest compliment we can pay is that they are books we hope to read again.
For some it may be hard going to start but, if you hang on it will reward.
I just couldn't put it down, whenever I get the chance I read a few pages which went into a chapter then a couple of chapters. I was actually late for work a couple of times because of it.
If you like a well presented book and are interested in our history and social upbringing then this is for you.
I look forward to the next one.
It is no surprise that he acclaimed the merit of the Bible in a lengthy exposition published late in life.
The wonders and horrors of Oxford are dealt with honestly, while the mystique of that ancient house of learning is laid bare.
English society with all its class obsession is painted on a non judgemental canvas.
A book that rewards persistence in the reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read as part of the series and enjoyed, though disappointed by the rather abrupt and, to my mind, unfinished story. What about a sequel?Published 2 months ago by Dave Walsh
Bought as a gift. The person reading it says it is brilliant, she can't put it down!Published 6 months ago by MR D J SMITH