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Flying with Cuckoos tells the true story of a journey of discovery, as a young and naïve Michael Clark leaves a desperately-unhappy adopted home, to join the armed forces, as a ‘boy apprentice’ before transferring into one of the most ill-disciplined and disreputable units in the British armed forces.

As the story unfolds, we follow his progress; from one-sided battles with
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Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 2012 by MDB Publishing
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Mirrani
Jan 13, 2013 Mirrani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was a little unsure about this book. The main character is adopted by a family that then emotionally pummels him. They don't want him, don't like him and it is all very clear to everyone except the child in question. When the boy finally figures it out I found myself so deeply frowning upon exactly how long it took that I worried I would completely ignore the more important war-time issues within the story. It turned out I didn't need to be worried.

This is a wonderful story, told with
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Lucinda
Jul 08, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
This novel by highly acclaimed author of ‘the folks at fifty-eight’ is another volume to add to an outstanding collection of fiction works that exceed all expectations. This thought-provoking tale takes you on a journey of discovery through the eyes of Michael Clark, who is swept into the world of the British armed forces as a naïve young lad. I was taken on the most incredible journey right across the globe, from humid jungles to war zones in Vietnam and to the lively overcrowded regions of ...more
Caffeinated Weka
I really enjoyed this memoir. It is, for the most part, well written and highly entertaining. I wasn't sure about the first chapter. It painted a dire woe-is-me tale of an boy whose adoptive parents never really loved him and could find nothing but fault in his actions. The hyperbole was golden but, thankfully, the narrative moves on and keeps the opening chapter as background fodder for the setting. A great read.
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Michael Patrick Clark was born on The Fourth of July 1950.

He spent the first few years of his life in an orphanage, before adoption brought a new home and a change of name.

Michael joined the armed forces as a boy apprentice. He trained in telecommunications, and subsequently transferred to a specialist mobile-communications unit.

Over the ensuing years he travelled the world; living and working in
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