- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (1 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478308915
- ISBN-13: 978-1478308911
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,580,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tom Fleck: A novel of Cleveland and Flodden Paperback – 1 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Harry Nicholson now lives in Eskdale in North Yorkshire. He grew up in Hartlepool, County Durham, from where his family have fished since the 16th C. He had a first career as a radio officer in the merchant navy. A second career followed in television studios. He now writes poetry and stories, and teaches meditation.
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The first three quarters of the novel makes a very fine read before it seems to get a touch cosy, in the wedding celebration for instance, and as the relationships wrap up.
This is nevertheless a good read and can heartily be recommended to historical novel buffs.
Getting to know Tom Fleck was an interesting, surprising and absorbing journey. I discovered what it was like to live in the 1500s. The story brings to life the tastes, smells, joys, sorrows and hardships of the ordinary people as well as the nobles. The beliefs and prejudices, the food and deprivations, the work they did and the soldier's lives in and out of battle were clearly recreated. I found the conclusion surprising and very satisfying too.
That far back in history has always seemed to me so unreal that I could almost think they were aliens, by today's ways of living. Tom Fleck's story made me feel I was there walking in the same 'shoes' as the characters. Harry Nicholson, the author, has also done an amazing job of describing the bird and plant life, the remedies and so much else that has created the world of Tom Fleck. I really enjoyed it. I don't know how the author has managed to discover so many clever details and used them so magically.
For anyone looking for a story that is intriguing, informative and with a wonderful atmosphere that lingers after reading it I recommend this book very highly.
I loved the way Tom - and of course the author - cared for Meg, and never once forgot she was there - for me she was as vital and essential a character as the human beings in the story. The characters themselves - those close to Tom and those he encounters on his journey - add to the sense of being there, in the raw everyday life of 16th century Britain, and the intensely filmic quality of this book.
Harry Nicholson's beautifully paced prose flows seemingly effortlessly from beginning to end, making Tom Fleck a joy to read for this alone. Neither will the story disappoint. The section describing Tom's experiences at Flodden Field carried me through the fear and horror of battle, yet the feeling was of being in the safe hands of an author whose research was sound. If history lessons had been more like this I might have learned something of it at school.
Happily however, battle, although essential to the story, does not take up a large part of it. The relationships Tom forms on his journey with both women and men make this a balanced and satisfying read. And there's even a surprise at the end...!
Harry Nicholson's writing makes you feel, see and smell C16th northern England so vividly that the reader almost feels part of the story. His research has obviously been thorough, providing a compelling authenticity which was educational as well as entertaining. The book is full of poetry and drama, passion and humanity. A thoroughly good read - much recommended!
It is set in 1513 in the North of England and in Scotland with descriptions that are believable and create a strong visual picture of the period. I could almost hear some of the background noise in places and the story line is very strong. There must have been a huge amount of background research gone on here because all the places and people were really credible. I didn't want to finish it so quickly that one night I put the book down and switched my light off.... then put the light back on and carried on reading right to the end! If you enjoy a well written and well structured story then I would really highly recommend this one.
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