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Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve by Dannie Abse – Sharp, sad and romantic, Dannie Abse’s reminisces tell of the private fortunes of a Jewish family in Cardiff amid the troubled tapestry of the times. Abse’s famous autobiographical novel captures the enchantment of childhood and the first poignant problems of adolesence.

Abse skillfully interweaves public and private themes so that the fortunes of a Jewish family in Wales are set against the backcloth of the period – unemployment, the rise of Hitler and Mussolini and the Spanish civil war.

“‘Mr Abse writes beautifully and tenderly of the things he has seen and felt ‘ The Times ‘ Acutely remembered, imaginatively told.  Any but the youngest reader will be fascinated to catch the true ring of the thirties in a setting so different from his own. It is a clever, moving account“.  – Angus Wilson, Observer.

“Funny, Moving and Idiosyncratic.” – New Statesman

“A loving, accurate and funny book.” – Financial Times

About the author:
Dannie Abse was born in Cardiff in 1923. He began his medical studies at the Welsh National School of Medicine and qualified as a doctor from Westminster Hospital, London in 1950. While still a student his first book of poems was published and his first play performed. Further poetry volumes followed over the decades, culminating in his New & Collected Poems (2003) and Running Late (2006). His first novel, Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve appeared in 1954 and his most recent, the Booker long-listed The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds and Dr Glas in 2002. His three prize-winning plays were collected in The View from Row G (1990) and his autobiography, Goodbye, Twentieth Century, was published in 2001. He is president of the Welsh Academy and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

This special enhanced iPad version contains the following features:

  • Choice of text size
  • Chapter selection
  • Remembers last viewed chapter
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iPad Only

Category: Books
Released: May 07, 2010
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Price: $7.99 (buy app)

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