Taking his inspiration from the powerful screen goddesses of the day, young Edward will stop at nothing in his single-minded pursuit of romance and stardom, cutting a swathe through his parents' mining community and the local grammar school. Harsh reality and his sharp-tongued mother, however, have a way of pricking his glorious balloon. Wakefield's sequel to Forties Child, The Scarlet Boy, left unfinished at his death, is a recreation of childhood. It has all the hallmarks of a Tom Wakefield novel - a vivid sense of place, empathy with his characters, and a playful desire to undermine sexual conventions.
Praise for this book
"A novelist who knows exactly what he's doing." - Peter Ackroyd
Used availability for Patrick Gale's The Scarlet Boy
June 1998 : UK Paperback