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The Two Pound Tram Audio CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753124629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753124628
  • Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 19 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The life of the author William Newton, the pen-name of Harley Street doctor Kenneth Newton, 1927-2010, would make a fascinating novel in its own right and his obituary is certainly worth reading.

This short whimsical book was written during his retirement and published in 2003. It is the literary equivalent of a naïve painting where the vitality and overall impression in the crafting overcomes limitations of dialogue, description, plot and authenticity. If, however, the reader suspends belief on almost every page then there is a freshness and innocence that is very refreshing.

The book is set in the years leading up to, and during WWII. The narrator, Wilfred Scrutton, and his elder brother, Duncan, live in a big house with their remote parents and the female staff. The boys are left on their own for long periods, collecting butterflies and stealing chickens; Duncan hunts small animals with his catapult and Wilfred cooks them, and so an inseparable closeness develops that survives Duncan’s severe illness and resulting dumbness.

Following their mother’s departure from the home, their relations with their father deteriorate and they decide to leave home taking their limited savings with them, spurred on by an advertisement selling old London trams for just £2. Their journey results in the purchase of a horse-drawn tram and an old horse along with whom comes a friendly mongrel.

The boys renovate the tram and carry passengers to and from Canterbury until they come to the attention of the police but are acquitted when a KC, related to one of their regular passengers, points out that horse-drawn trams do not come under the terms of the charge.
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Format: Paperback
what a wonderful story, beautifully told - this is a great book, short and easy to read but hugely uplifting and refreshing. the simplicity of the telling and the subject come breathing from the pages and you are sad to finish it.
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Format: Hardcover
The year was 1937 and Hitler had just walked into Austria. It was also a marvellous year for clouded yellow butterflies.

Duncan and Wilfred live in a large old house in Sussex, only ever see their parents on Wednesdays for lunch, and spend the days catching butterflies and dreaming of adventure. Then their mother elopes and their already distant father takes up with other ladies. Deciding that enough is enough, the brothers run away from home. They already have a plan -- to go to London and buy a tram they have seen in an advertisement. It costs two pounds.

And so as the Second World War hits England, Duncan and Wilfred, along with their tram, embark on an adventure of a lifetime -- from scrapes with the law in Canterbury, to an encounter with a German war plane in Worthing, and even a magical meeting with the King and Queen of England.

Utterly droll and captivating, The Two Pound Tram is a bitter-sweet testament to youth, its dreams, and its triumphs over adversity.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read this book about 10 times and absolutely love it. Ok so it isn't true to life but what books are? It was heartwarming, made me laugh, made me cry. What more could I ask for.
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Format: Paperback
The perfect book to read on a Sunday afternoon. I could not stop until I had finished it. The story moved at a great pace and worked on many levels. Some events taken in isolation might seem far fetched, however in the context of the story they were perfectly believable and often left me feeling that i had learnt something new. This is the best form of fiction, a good story that could be read by anyone of any age! I eagerly await the next book from Mr Newton. Thank you.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this in a day and night after receiving it as a Christmas gift and felt rather sad when I had finished. It trasnported me back to kinder times when values were important, the pace of life was slower and violence was more or less unheard of.
Nevertheless, it lifted me too. After all, as they say, they can't take the memories away.
Lovely!
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Very enjoyable - seems far-fetched in places until one reads it in the context of the year and the boys.
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The story of two brothers as it unfolds keep you rivited to the pages not knowing what to expect, but in a rather pleasant manner. Underneath, the two brothers exhibit an adventurous and fearless character for such youngsters that is reminiscent of the stoic temperament of the integrated adult. Their life events were a mixed blessing of mischievious fortune and ill-fated sad episodes, and overall a real light-hearted but fulfilling read. Truly enjoyable. I feel that the story seems to run parallel to some events in the author's own life experience. Well written.
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