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A Son of War: A Novella and Stories (Soldier's Return, Book by Melvyn Bragg

By Melvyn Bragg

The second one quantity of a trilogy that all started with The Soldier's Return.

After the upheavals of the second one global conflict, the Richardson family members — Sam, Ellen and their younger son Joe — settle again to working-class lifestyles within the Cumbrian city of Wigton. but for them, as for therefore many, existence is absolutely not an analogous back. because the outdated order starts off to be challenged and new vistas open, Sam and Ellen forge their destiny including differing wishes and needs - and conflicting expectancies of Joe, who grows up along with his personal demons to confront.

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She must have put it somewhere safer. Then an awful suspicion came to me. What if Granny had taken the buckle and sold it? What if it was my buckle that had paid for the food and drink for the riotous night before? I dropped the idea at once. Granny was hard, she was always angry and often cruel, but she was never underhanded. A strain of honesty ran through her like a thread of gold through a dirty cloth. She might rant and curse and say the harshest things, she might strike out with her fists and send me out to do most of the work, but she could never lie and she would never steal.

Annie appeared that afternoon. She came tripping down from the farm, her shawl pinned under her chin just loosely enough to let the curls escape from it to frame her face. I suppose she thought it pretty that way. I thought her plain silly. She carried a basket on her arm, and I guessed she was on her way to ask for contributions from the neighboring farms for the christening feast. The christening feast. It occurred to me, as I saw Annie, how odd it was that no news of it had come to us. I remembered, too, that in the past few days Mr.

I stammered. " He wiped his nose on a snowy kerchief that he folded carefully and tucked inside his sleeve. "And I'm discovering things about some of them that sadden me. " I nodded warily. In my experience, mention of Granny usually involved severe disapproval. " I looked down. In truth, it had been more than a year since Granny and I had tramped the four miles to the kirk and back again. Once the old minister's coughing had started, he had been like a fire damped down. He'd lost the strength to chase after his lost flock, and Granny was certainly not going to go to him of her own accord.

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