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A Son of War

(2001)
(The second book in the Soldier's Return series)
A novel by

 
Melvyn Bragg's A Son of War begins where A Soldier's Return ended. The previous novel--a moving account of the struggles, social and psychological, faced by a Burma veteran returning to Cumbrian hometown life with his wife and six-year-old son--picked up the WH Smith 1999 Literary Award. But whereas A Soldier's Return was largely Sam's story, Bragg here gives equal weight to Ellen, with her wide-eyed adoration for a long-lost brother and her high hopes of life on the new edge-of-town estate, cruelly foiled by Sam's dreams of owning a pub. But central is the "son of war", the endearing Joe, torn between being "Sam's lad" and "Ellen's boy", the fledgling boxer or the budding pianist.

Bragg evokes well the petty yet momentous discoveries of a young boy, equally fixated on Disney's Snow White and girls doing handstands. While this is very much the personal story of one family, with heavy hints of autobiography, it's also the picture of Britain emerging from the war, throwing off Glenn Miller and Bing Crosby--a new Britain of rationing, the Big Freeze and strikes, talk of nuclear war, socialism, Joe Louis versus Jersey Joe Walcott. Once again, Bragg has succeeded in conjuring an epoch of unprecedented change, and capturing both its joys and its miseries.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-55970-686-4 / 978-1-55970-686-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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June 2002 : UK Hardback
Title: A Son of War (Charnwood Library)
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-7089-9334-6 / 978-0-7089-9334-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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June 2001 : UK Hardback
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-73415-9 / 978-0-340-73415-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Paperback Editions

February 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-62872-578-8 / 978-1-62872-578-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: A Son of War: A Novel
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-61145-105-1 / 978-1-61145-105-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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July 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: A Son of War: A Novel
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-55970-720-8 / 978-1-55970-720-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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December 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-81816-6 / 978-0-340-81816-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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March 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-82217-1 / 978-0-340-82217-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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March 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Crossing The Lines
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-86486-9 / 978-0-340-86486-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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March 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Son of War Poster
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-85298-4 / 978-0-340-85298-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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June 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-340-81865-4 / 978-0-340-81865-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Audio Editions

February 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: A Son of War: A Novel
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: A SON OF WAR: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 0-7540-0795-2 / 978-0-7540-0795-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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June 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
ISBN: 1-84032-487-2 / 978-1-84032-487-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA Kindle edition
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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April 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Sceptre
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April 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Son of War
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Sceptre
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2012 : USA Kindle edition
Title: A Son of War: A Novela and Stories
Author(s): Melvyn Bragg
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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