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Charley Is My Darling

(1940)
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"Splendid entertainment, a peep show and a vivid analysis, full of sympathy and abounding in madly logical ridiculousness."
The Observer

"To find a novelist who saw more deeply and conveyed more truly you have to go back to Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, Balzac and Goethe, Mann and Hesse."
Bernard Levin

"One of the best of our novelists, certainly one of the most original, in the great early tradition of Defoe and Fielding."
Elizabeth Bowen

"A patient and penetrating analysis of children's minds."
The Times

Among Charley Brown's first deeds as an evacuee to Longwater in the West Country was to let loose the local bull. Boys who one minute had taunted him with the refrain 'Ballocky baldy' (Charley's lice had been evacuated from London with him), were the next minute acknowledging him as their natural leader.

Charley Brown, one of Joyce Cary's most uproarious and memorable creations, is a love and a terror. He is a quivering jelly in the hands of girls and women of any age who show him kindness; through the wild force of his imagination he holds children rapt with tales of desperate gunmen with exquisite manners and a taste for the beautiful.

Delinquent and aesthete, he leads his gang into daring acts both grand and bad. As Charley's sweetheart Lizzy Galor rightly puts it, he's every bit as good as the movies...

    

Used availability for Joyce Cary's Charley Is My Darling

Hardback Editions

December 1951 : UK Hardback
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Title: Charley is My Darling
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7181-0061-1 / 978-0-7181-0061-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Charley is my Darling
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-910670-17-0 / 978-1-910670-17-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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August 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Charley is My Darling
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-571-25383-0 / 978-0-571-25383-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Charley is My Darling
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7474-0688-X / 978-0-7474-0688-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cardinal Books
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July 1968 : UK Paperback
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Title: Charley is My Darling (English library)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-08-012931-5 / 978-0-08-012931-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pergamon Press
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1963 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Charley is My Darling
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-451-02277-7 / 978-0-451-02277-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

July 1993 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Charley is My Darling: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-85695-655-5 / 978-1-85695-655-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Isis Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Charley is my Darling
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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