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The Centre of the Green

John Bowen
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571241866
Date Published
29.05.2008
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Summary

First published in 1959 The Centre of the Green is John Bowen’s third novel. The story centres around the Baker family: the father Justin is a retired Colonel; the mother, Teresa, is over-possessive and refuses to admit that her sons have grown-up; the sons Julian and Charles – one is a married advertising copywriter with a penchant for extra-marital affairs while the other is withdrawn and suicidal, desperately looking for human contact in the vast anonymity of London.

It is Julian’s involvement with a seventeen-year-old girl that sparks the chain of events that eventually encompasses the whole family. The scene shifts between Devonshire, London and Majorca as each member of the family searches for a resolution to the impasse into which they have drifted and struggle to regain the family ties that they once had.

A subtle, intelligent and compassionate novel The Centre of the Green was commended by the Observer for its ‘admirable vitality’, while the Spectator described it as ‘a series of expertly managed shocks’.

JohnBowen

John Bowen was born in India, sent “home” to England at the age of four and a half, and was reared by aunts. He served in the Indian Army from 1943-47, then went to Oxford to read Modern History. After graduating he spent a year in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar, much of it hitch-hiking. He worked for a…

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