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Set in Camberwell in the 1950s, this is the story of Ralph Hicks, of his restrictive working class background and his search for something better - only to find that he can't find love, and finally of his resultant breakdown.

About the Author

Paul Bailey

Paul Bailey was born in February 1937.  He originally worked as an actor before becoming a full time writer in 1967.  

He won the E. M. Forster Award in 1974, and the George Orwell Prize in 1978.  His works include At the Jerusalem which won the Somerset Maugham Award, Peter Smart’s Confessions, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Old Soldiers, Gabriel’s Lament, also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Sugar Cane.

He was the first recipient of the E.M. Forster Award and won a George Orwell Prize for his essay The Limitations of Despair.