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Life by Mal Peet
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Jun 30, 12

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A riveting tale that starts out slow and then shifts and becomes more interesting as it focuses on the teenage children, Clem Akroyd and Frankie Mortimer. After WW2 the world shifts, and the bright son of a peasant finds friendship and love with the grand-daughter of the manor, Frankie. The story is inextricably entwined with the Cuban Missile Crises in the United States Mal Peet brings us the history through his own peculiar lens and owns up to his main character being an unreliable historian, but certainly an interesting one.

Clems parents George and Ruth are both very much products of their upbringing in another time in England when those at the bottom of the social ladder knew their place. The world shifts and the lives of their son with it.

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