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The Small Back Room (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Paperback – 12 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; New edition edition (12 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304356948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304356942
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the hopes of British novel-writing . . . A writer of genius (John Betjeman)

The missing writer of the Forties . . . Balchin's professional skill gives a meaning to brilliance which the word doesn't usually possess (Clive James NEW REVIEW)

[An] inexplicably neglected author (THE TIMES)

Balchin writes about timeless things, the places in the heart (Ruth Rendell SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

A little masterpiece like Nigel Balchin's The Small Back Room speaks to our own time, but with so much literary experience behind it (Shirley Hazzard)

Balchin has been absurdly overlooked for too long (Julian Fellowes)

I'd place him up there with Graham Greene (Philippa Gregory)

A remarkable storyteller (DAILY MAIL)

A brilliant novelist . . . A writer of real skill (NEW STATESMAN)

He tells a story gloriously (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

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A twentieth century classic about the politics of weapons research and the horror of their actual use.

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