A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson (Paperback)
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A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 01/08/2013
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Modest, handsome and a fine poet, eccentric Englishman Frank Thompson made an unlikely soldier. Brother of E. P. Thompson and lover of Iris Murdoch, Frank was an intellectual idealist, a rare combination of brilliant mind and enormous heart. Of his wartime experiences, Frank wrote prodigiously. His letters, diaries and poetry still read fresh and intimate today - and it is from these that Peter J. Conradi brings vividly to life a brilliantly attractive and courageous personality. Aged just twenty-three, Frank was captured, tortured and executed in Bulgaria. A soldier of principle and integrity, he fought a poet's war; a very English hero from a very different era.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408830925
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 301 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A very moving account of the all-too-brief life of a warrior-poet * Antony Beevor *
An elegy for a lost generation, and a fascinating social and political history of a peculiar period in our recent past ... it's impossible to put down Conradi's impressive and moving account of Thompson's life without a feeling of regret. **** * Simon Griffith, Mail on Sunday *
Inspiring ... Intensely absorbing, steeped in human interest and peppered with outlandish characters * Sunday Times *
[An] excellent, absorbing biography ... Mr Conradi tells the true story, movingly and well ... He convincingly portrays an attractive, brilliant and courageous personality, an intellectual with a heart who loved laughter, an idealist who merits the title of this book * Economist *
[A] magnificent and tragic biography * Anne Sebba, Jewish Chronicle *
Impeccably researched ... A fine description of the biographer's role, and generous quotations from Frank Thompson's letter and poems recreate his bulky, restless, energetic presence. But it is Conradi's own more subtle presence that locks the reader into the narrative ... A pensive, moving and very personal book * Frances Wilson, Observer *
Moving and gripping, told with great lucidity and sympathy ... a story of heroic times and hopes * Margaret Drabble *
Superb * Times Literary Supplement *

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