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For Want of a Nail

For Want of a Nail

Growing up in an isolated cottage in the hills of Cumberland, Tom knows the bitter cold of shooting expeditions with his grandfather and long evenings spent with his father and mother. But taken away from the hills to live in the small town of Thornton, Tom experiences a tumult of conflicting emotions which he must master before he can come to terms with his identity.

First published in 1965, FOR WANT OF A NAIL was acclaimed as the debut of a distinctive and talented new writer.

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 4th July 1991

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780340431016


The impression is one of striking individuality - the sort of originality an author achieves when he has really meditated hard about his characters, loved them, watched them, and let them grow
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
A novel well worth returning to...a vivid and totally original imagination...tableau after tableau is spotlit into brilliant life
Fine, tense writing derived not from books but from passionate observation of particular landscapes and people
A very good novel...sparkles with a keen awareness of both local landscape and character
<i>Cumberland Evening News</i>