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A Place in England

A Place in England

Joseph Tallentire has hope and ambition, and like his father before him he is determined to make something of himself and improve his lot. But life is not easy for an uneducated young man in Cumberland before and during World War II. Suffering hardship and humiliation but eventually achieving a position of some independence, Joseph serves as a tribute to the many like him who lived through one of Britain’s periods of greatest social change.

Melvyn Bragg’s ability to bring both character and place to vivid life is fully realised in this moving tale of one man’s battle against the odds.

About the Author

Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg’s first novel, For Want of a Nail, was published in 1965 and since then his novels have included The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Credo and The Soldier’s Return, which won the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written several works of non-fiction including Speak for England, The Adventure of English, 12 Books that Changed the World and In Our Time.

He is Controller of Arts at LWT and President of the National Campaign for the Arts as well as of MIND, and in 1998 he was made a life peer. He lives in London and Cumbria.

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