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My Son, My Son

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The story of William Essex, who rose from humble beginnings to become a successful dramatist and novelist, and his friend Dermot O'Riordon, a fervent Irish patriot and founder of a great London furnishing house; and their sons, Oliver Essex and Rory O'Riordon. Plus some other assorted characters, from old Mr Moscrop and his daughter Nellie, and Maeve O'Riordon. Those boys ...more
Hardcover, 21st impression, 448 pages
Published April 1960 by Collins (first published February 1938)
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Susanne Mccarthy
One of my all-time favourite books. William Essex, the narrator and central figure of the story, is not a particularly sympathetic character, but you can't help but feel for him as he drags himself up by his boot-straps, achieves everything he thought he wanted, only to see it all crumble to dust - there's something of the inevitability of a Greek tragedy in it.

The closing sentence (I won't quote it, as it's a spoiler) must be one of the most poignant in literature
Susanne
One of my all-time favourite books. William Essex, the narrator and central figure of the story, is not a particularly sympathetic character, but you can't help but feel for him as he drags himself up by his boot-straps, achieves everything he thought he wanted, only to see it all crumble to dust - there's something of the inevitability of a Greek tragedy in it.

The closing sentence (I won't quote it, as it's a spoiler) must be one of the most poignant in literature.
Peter
I became obsessed with books popular during the Great Depression after I heard a story on NPR about books from then. I found this at the local library from the first edition.
I made my way though the yellowed pages that were falling off the binding. The book was just amazing! From the writing perspective I got lost in the time periods that the book covered. Howard Springs writings made me feel as if I was there, in England during WWI; made me feel as if I had lived before electric; made me feel a
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Keith
I cannot speak too highly of this wonderful novel, and I would urge any of my friends who have not discovered it to seek it out. This and Fame Is The Spur are Howard Spring's best two novels. I first read My Son, My Son when I was about 13 or 14, and the impact it made was such that I could not wait to track down all the other Spring novels then available. His books are very readable, and they capture the life and times of a particular generation so well. It was a different world, then, and we n ...more
Nick Duretta
Melodramatic tale of a successful British novelist and playwright whose errant son causes him a lifetime of anguish, all told against the backdrop of war--specifically, the Irish rebellion of the early 20th century. Heavy on coincidences to underscore the book's themes, and I'm not certain if the first-person protagonist novelist is supposed to be sympathetic, but he's not; he marries a woman he doesn't love just to get her father's money, and ignores the love of his life although she's right un ...more
Zoika Blat
read this when I was REALLY young, found it in my grandma's house, and though i cannot recall much stuff from it, i still remember the excitement while reading it. i guess it's worth a revision.
Cathy McGough
Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. If you like Howard Spring, then you'll love this one. His characters are very rich, and make sure you read it with a box of tissues handy!
Clare
Wonderful evocation of time and place. One of the most engrossing novels I have read.
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HOWARD SPRING was an immensely popular and successful writer, who enjoyed a large following of readers from the 1940s to the 1960s; and though, since his death in 1965, he has become rather neglected, his books are still worth seeking out for their terrific storytelling and the quality of the writing. He was certainly painstaking and professional in his approach. Every morning he would shut himsel ...more
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