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A Man of Good Abilities

Tony Parker
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571304325
Date Published
15.08.2013
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Summary

First published in 1967, A Man of Good Abilities was Tony Parker’s fifth book, and told the story of 65 year-old ‘Norman Edwards’, a compulsive swindler-embezzler for his whole adult life, one punctuated by numerous ineffective terms of imprisonment. Using journals, letters, and interview transcripts Parker drew a finessing portrait of a man and a seemingly intractable problem that he posed to society.

‘Tony Parker is a remarkably skilled and compassionate exponent of the documentary technique that he uses to illumine human character; with him, tape-recorded conversations are the stuff of art, not of mere photography.’ New Society

‘In his books the strength lies in the interpretive mind of the writer… He is a sociologist studying single cases in some depth and shows qualities of imagination shared by the historian and the biographer – a mixture of intelligence, sympathy and empathy.’ TLS

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Tony Parker was born in Stockport on June 25 1923, the son of a bookseller. His mother died when he was 4. He began to write poems and plays in his late teens. Called up to military service early in the Second World War he declared himself a conscientious objector and, in lieu, was sent to work at a coal-mine…

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