- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 952 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957114974
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David A Smith; 1 edition (27 Oct. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OZ0SFSU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #950,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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‘The Pauline Conversion’ takes us back to St Paul’s College, Cambridge, the fictional college setting of Camber’s earlier novel ‘The Pink and the Grey’ (though the books could be read in either order). Before there were CCTV cameras hanging from the ceilings of St Paul’s there were disco balls (some of which you could sit in), and the college of the 1970s was a sanctuary from the harsh winters and frosty attitudes of the straight-laced world outside its walls. But how welcoming a place is it when faced with a boy who doesn’t fit with its established norms? The author cleverly uses the college setting to invert the heteronormative rules of society and ask questions about how far we’re prepared to go in the pursuit of acceptance.
Intelligent, surprising and funny to the end, this is well worth the read.
The miner's strike is bringing the nation to its shivering knees. Homosexuality is legal, but publicly hinting you might wish to do more than think about thinking about it is still considered a criminal offence. Tucked away in the quiet streets of Cambridge, permitted yet shunned, stands St Paul's College, founded to provide education and sanctuary to students and academics who might wish to do more than think about it.
A chance, or at least close enough to chance it can't be proved to be assault, throws Dennis, a Fellow of St Paul's, at the feet of Red, a young man more than usually unusual even for St Paul's. When Red turns out to be homeless, Dennis' offer of a cup of tea to his rescuer turns into charity, and then a crusade to leave his mark on college history.
While the disjunction between homosexuality being legal and suggesting homosexual acts still being an obscenity is at the heart of this novel, it is only one thread. Camber gives equal page time to the politics and absurdities of academic life. With a Master who never attends College and a Head Porter who would be happier if the Fellows would act like the dim-witted but socially superior officer-class he believes they are, the college will be instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with collegiate universities or indeed any hierarchical organisation.Read more ›
Anthony Camber has a very mischievous sense of humour, which really comes across in his latest work. As usual, he combines the laughs with moments of pathos, and subtly gives the reader a few 'issues' to mull over. It's extremely well written and you will find yourself being drawn into the story very quickly. In fact I was hooked from the very start of chapter one.
There are several surprises in the story, which I won't give away here. Suffice to say there were some "I didn't see THAT coming!" moments.
If you're looking for a fun, interesting and absorbing read, you have to buy this book. You'd be mad not to!
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