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Conventional Weapons

(1961)
A novel by

 
 
Brittle, effeminate and perennially untalented, Nigel Tuffnell-Greene has little in common with his high-achieving and ultra-masculine elder brother, Geoffrey, whom he worships and detests - hating him with a passion almost indistinguishable from love.

In Conventional Weapons the reader is introduced to a stratum of English middle-class society before and after World War II as the divergent paths of the two brothers unfold. Geoffrey joins the army, marries and sets up in business, but eventually ends up an exile in Malta; Nigel drifts into a seedy London life of drinking, parties and half-hearted gay liaisons, and finds some fame as an artist and novelist.

With an astonishing appreciation of their deeper character traits, which remain unspoken and barely revealed, Brooke explores the shared fragility beneath the surface of these seemingly polarised lives. Beautiful, subtle and immensely powerful, his impeccable prose is never better than in this late novel.

'One of the most interesting and talented of contemporary writers' - Anthony Powell

'He is subtle as the devil' - John Betjeman

'Mr Brooke has ploughed his English corner of The Waste Land between the two world wars with a dexterity that compels our harrowed admiration' - Harold Acton

    

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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Conventional Weapons
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 1-5098-5587-4 / 978-1-5098-5587-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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June 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Conventional Weapons
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
ISBN: 0-571-27109-X / 978-0-571-27109-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Conventional Weapons
Author(s): Jocelyn Brooke
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA