Paul  Hoffman

Paul Hoffman

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Possibly the only novelist of his generation to be born by the light of a paraffin lamp, Paul Hoffman spent much of his childhood on airfields all around the world watching his father – a pioneer of sports parachuting and European Champion – jumping out of aeroplanes. After a long battle with the English educational system which involved avoiding school whenever possible he was offered a place to read English at New College, Oxford when no other university would interview him. After graduating he worked in over twenty different jobs, including boardman in a betting shop, messenger boy to a City merchant bank and teacher. He was also senior film censor at the British Board of Film Classification.

His first novel, The Wisdom of Crocodiles took

Average rating: 3.62 · 16,340 ratings · 1,304 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
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The Last Four Things (The L...
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The Beating of His Wings (T...
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The Wisdom of Crocodiles
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The Golden Age of Censorship
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“Where have you come from boy?'
He looked at her again.
'From hell, to take you away in the night and eat you.”
Paul Hoffman, The Left Hand of God
tags: hell

“To be sociable is a risky thing—even fatal—because it means being in contact with people, most of whom are dull, perverse and ignorant and are really with you only because they cannot bear their own company. Most people bore themselves and greet you not as a true friend but as a distraction—like a dancing dog or some half-wit actor
with a fund of amusing stories.”
Paul Hoffman, The Left Hand of God

“Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary”
Paul Hoffman, The Left Hand of God


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