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Showing the Flag

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Philip, twelve, is given a little union-jack to pin to his coat. At the Gare du Nord the Major who is to meet him will be wearing such another. It seems a foolproof arrangement, but during the short, solitary journey Philip's world somersaults towards chaos.

Most of the stories in this, Jane Gardam's third collection, are about flags, and why the English wave them now -- o
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Hardcover, 172 pages
Published 1989 by Hamish Hamilton
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Carlton
Feb 19, 2016 Carlton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent collection of exquisite short stories from Jane Gardam. Although all very English, they vary from hauntingly simple ghost stories like 'Bang, Bang - Who's Dead', to more complex stories set in the English Home Counties 'The Dixie Girls' and 'After the Strawberry Tea', which are nostalgic but uplifting, and more cosmopolitan stories still rooted in England like 'Damage' .
Sheila
Feb 01, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing short stories, some a bit opaque to me. Maybe they would be less so if I were English. the first story, about a boy being shipped off by his mother to other relatives, is fabulous. All beautifully written.
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Jane Mary Gardam OBE is a British author of children's and adult fiction. She also reviews for the Spectator and the Telegraph, and writes for BBC radio. She lives in Kent, Wimbledon and Yorkshire. She has won numerous literary awards including the Whitbread Award, twice. She is mother of Tim Gardam, Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford. Jane has been awarded the Heywood Hill Literary Prize for ...more
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