Alan Robertshaw

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Foundation graduate, (Eng/Ed) of the University of York. English teacher at The Manchester Grammar School - then a variety of secondary school positions, ending up as Headteacher of the Foulstone School in Barnsley.
Now, in retirement, I divide my life between England and France - Margaret and I have a little village house in the Vendée. And I write - as I have done all my life. I have only five published volumes - re-writes of three classics (Take of Two Cities, King Solomon's Mines, Last f the Mohicans) done for Edward Blishen's Piccolo Adventure library in the 1970's - and my own novels, The Edge of Things, and Slow Furies.

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The Boy and the Mountain

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013
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Slow Furies

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The Edge of Things

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Waiting for Sunrise by William  Boyd
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Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
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Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Haven't read this book for fifty years! It was well worth revisiting. It is a sensitive document of the shift in fortunes of the couple at the story's centre - strong, benign male figure slowly leached of that power by deeply vulnerable female: vulne ...more
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The Brethren by H. Rider Haggard
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Not at all like other Rider Haggards I have read. This is a bold excursion into fictionalised history, linking together the worlds of Saracen incursion and post-conquest England in a bold and engaging way. Surging, complex narrative and a convincing ...more
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This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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I cam back to Fitzgerald after a half century without reading him, and found that I must, as a young man, have passed by this work as mere juvenilia. It is not! It is certainly del-indulgent and quirky - but it also sparkles with the jewels of genuin ...more
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Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr.
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Great to come to this literate, energetic, first-hand account of sailing round the Horn. It sheds light not only on the life of the common sailor in the C19, but on the whole development of California. Simple, pelucid, enlightening.
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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
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Not his best, alas. Julian Barnes is always intelligent and often challenging - but this time he just tipped over the edge into obscurity, for me.
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A History Of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr
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