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The Soldier's Return

(1999)
(The first book in the Soldier's Return series)
A novel by

 
The end of World War II has to be one of Britain's most dewy-eyed, rose-tinted memories. Yearned for years in advance--Dame Vera Lynn built an entire career on such yearning--it spelled the end of the anguishing waiting, the terrible deprivations overseas, and Johnny asleep in his own little bed again. It takes a good novel to make new all the hackneyed emotion of the moment, and a great one to reveal, without sensationalising, the doubts behind the smiles. In that case, this may be a great novel.

By the time corporal Sam Richardson returns from Burma to his Cumbrian hometown of Wigton, the bunting's long gone, and Sam, like every body else, wants to get back to normal. But his plans to return to family life with Ellen and six- year-old son Joe don't run smooth. The war has taken away his old job, while Ellen holds down two; Joe's been raised with other men as father-figures; and Sam struggles to repress what he's witnessed out east. In The Soldier's Return Bragg explores that most unsettling of experiences: returning to a normality that's no longer normal. In Sam, with his undemonstrative reserve and irrational suspicions, he creates a man who cannot heal the mental scars of active service. While Bragg affectingly evokes forties Cumbria, with a sure- footed sense of that time and place's idiom, this is no exercise in nostalgia, but a book whose concerns--how to deal with the happy ending of war--are only too resonant today. --Alan Stewart

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: The Soldier's Return: A Novel
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-55970-639-2 / 978-1-55970-639-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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February 2001 : UK Hardback
Title: The Soldier's Return (Charnwood Library)
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-7089-9220-X / 978-0-7089-9220-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print)
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August 1999 : UK Hardback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-75100-2 / 978-0-340-75100-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-62872-526-5 / 978-1-62872-526-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-61145-273-2 / 978-1-61145-273-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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December 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return (Sceptre 21's)
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-93630-4 / 978-0-340-93630-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-75101-0 / 978-0-340-75101-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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1999 : UK Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-75251-3 / 978-0-340-75251-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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July 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-55970-685-6 / 978-1-55970-685-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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June 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-77717-6 / 978-0-340-77717-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Stoughton
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-76727-8 / 978-0-340-76727-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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August 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-75102-9 / 978-0-340-75102-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-5318-7319-7 / 978-1-5318-7319-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2005 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2005 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2003 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-7540-8774-3 / 978-0-7540-8774-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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January 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Soldier's Return: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-7540-0419-8 / 978-0-7540-0419-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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August 1999 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-84032-154-7 / 978-1-84032-154-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Sceptre
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May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2011 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Soldier's Return
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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