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A Song of Sixpence

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In the heat of late afternoon, a young boy waits at the station for his father. A plume of steam, white against the purple-heathered hills, marks the train. Beyond, blooming along the shoreline, the flowers of high summer, as a tall-funnelled paddle steamer beats and froths down the wide Clyde estuary . . .

A narrative in the great Cronin tradition, this is the stirring chr
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published June 11th 1996 by New English Library (first published 1964)
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This is the story of a teenage boy, Laurence Carroll. His father dies of tuberculosis or some type of lung disease that he has ignored for so long that his condition is beyond hope. Poor Laurence and his mother are left penniless. But a wonderful neighbor, Miss Greville takes them in as boarders in her home. She is quite a character. Lots of fun and teaches young Laurence alot about life, including how to play crickett very well. His life inproves dramaticly due to her.
But things don't always
Artemis Eclectica
Now this was a surprise, albeit it, pleasant. A ten penny purchase from a local hall, this book has been sitting on my shelf for a while. Being uninspired as to my next major read and wanting some bedtime reading, this was it. Well A.J. is a good writer and has a wonderful dry sense of humour. This is not a plot driven piece, like most modern fiction, just a beautifully written story of a man's life. At times I laughed out loud whilst sitting up in bed reading. An undemanding but pleasurable way ...more
It's many years since I've read an A.J. Cronin novel. I've missed him! Cronin draws from his own childhood. This is a coming-of-age story of a boy growing up poor in Scotland. Lawrence is appealingly gullible and believably selfish. The time he spends living with his miserly uncle is positively Dickensian! I look forward to reading the sequel, "Pocketful of Rye".
Probably excellent in its time, however even though it was written in 1964 the language is very old style and slow to read. I suppose in its day it might have been acceptable but is not a story one tends to remember or even learns from. Not recommended.
When i had read 50 terrible pages of this book i looked up the author in my records and i had read his THE GREEN YEARS in 2009 and wrote that i never wanted to read any more of his works. Well as i had started, i had to finish and am I glad i did. Ther several WONDERFUL characters and the narator was a youth. I do not usualy like such but it was almost as good a PIP IN GREAT EXPECTATIONS. A VERY PLEASANT AFTERNOON READ.
Terry Southard
This is that kind of old fashioned book that I just love every once in a while. The story of the narrator's young life, tragic in many ways, fascinating in others. Nothing much happens, but you enjoy it just the same. Not a plot driven story, it's more of a character study. Enjoyed it much, but wouldn't want a steady stream of this.
A re-read of a book and author I much enjoyed many, many years ago From Amazon: Laurence Carroll narrates the story of his life from his early childhood in the Scottish highlands to his graduation from medical school and the beginning of his practice of medicine.
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Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and non-fiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century. His best-known works are The Citadel and The Keys of the Kingdom, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films. He also created the Dr. Finlay character, the hero of a series of stories that served as the basis for the long-running BBC tel ...more
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