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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.


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"A novelist who knows exactly what he's doing." - Peter Ackroyd

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Paperback Editions

June 1998 : UK Paperback

Title: The Scarlet Boy
Author(s): Tom Wakefield
ISBN: 1-85242-582-2 / 978-1-85242-582-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA