Dog Days, Glenn Miller Nights

Dog Days, Glenn Miller Nights

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 164 x 240 x 15mm | 263g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753164159
  • 9780753164150

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The estate is called 'The Fruit Bowl'. From Apple Bough where Birdie lives, you can look straight accross to Cherry Tree where disabled Clarice lives. Twice a day Birdie looks for a sign from Clarice to show that her helper has been and that she is still alive and kicking - 'That's how you have to carry on when your old'. Graham has created an interesting heroine in Birdie, the narrator of this tragicomic saga of life in an East End high rise estate. Through her robust streetwise eyes we see 'one of the worst estates in London', inhabited by gangs of marauding youths, sly girls and drug dealers. But also of grandmothers and an occasional grandchild whose parents have disappeared and who cling to the cosy safety of their 'nans' until the drug culture seduces them. Clark is one of these pathetic children, grandson of Blanche and close friend of Birdie. Together the old lady and little boy face the horror of a full scale riot that breaks out on the estate in the summer of 1995. The description of this hair raising event is bloodcurdling and totally convincing as is the suicide of another of the traumatized children of the Fruit Bowl. But it's not all tragedy. Birdie has an unquenchable lust for life, and the reappearance of her ex-husband looking for a temporary home for one of his greyhounds brings a sparkle to her old eyes and inspires recollections of her adventures as a dispatch rider in the fire service in World War II, braving the Blitz on a motorblike. There is nothing sentimental about Graham's East Enders - she has given her resident heroine such a gloriously caustic sense of humour that the whole hideous neighbourhood is flavoured with a sense of the ridiculous coupled with a poignant optimism that inspires Clark's firm belief that he will be able to make something of his life in spite of the surrounding chaos. Graham's view of the world has been compared to Alan Bennett's but Birdie's common sense and joie de vivre give her book a hopeful quality that is very much her own. (Kirkus UK)show more

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