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OGDEN, JOHN - Silken Dalliance

Faringdon, Thorntons. 2009. Buckram with dust jacket. Bound.Hardback. Miles Player the narrator is a young Englishman growing up in the British army of the 1950s, which in many ways were closer to the 1930s than 1960s. After nearly two years fighting in the Korean War (narrated in On Fire the first of the trilogy A Military Education) Miles and his regiment The Prince Regent's Light Infantry, find themselves on the frontier of the Cold War in West Germany. Battle-worn and oblivious to the outside world the officers set out to pursue a life of pleasure, comfort and fun. Their lives become complicated by a new commanding officer who turns out to be a paranoic martinet, the arrival of a clever and louche young officer, and - for Miles - a girl he still loves who is now married to a brother officer. We watch their lives unfold, sometimes hilariously and sometimes tragically, in the closed society of a regiment undermined by amorality and the abuse of power. ? The Author. John Ogden was first a professional soldier who helped give away the British Empire and then an advertising man who helped build and sustain commercial empires. In 1952 he was commissioned into The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, with whom he served in various parts of the world until he resigned his commission in 1964. He then joined J. Walter Thompson in London, moving, in the 1980s, to Ogilvy & Mather. He now lives in Oxfordshire. / Andrew Roberts writes: 'Ogden's ear for the dialogue of all ranks of the British Army protecting West Germany in the 1950s is at perfect pitch. The psychological insight into the motivation of his characters is equally superb. Just as its predecessor On Fire examined the concepts of comradeship and courage, so Silken Dalliance inquires perceptively into the nature of leadership. The A Military Education trilogy is shaping up well to become one of the great Cold War novel sequences.' / Praise for On Fire 'I enjoyed On Fire enormously. It presents a wonderfully vivid picture of the experience of Korea.' Sir Max Hastings 'An excellent read and a haunting evocation of a long vanished era.' Professor Gary Sheffield 'It is years since I enjoyed a novel quite so much and I recommend it unreservedly to readers.' The Tablet, Novel of the Week / 'A compulsively readable story, the Forgotten War comes vividly alive.' Country Life 2009, 302 pages, hardback in dust jacket PUBLISHED ON 12 JUNE 2009 BY THORNTON'S. As New/As New.
GBP 9.50 [Appr.: EURO 12 US$ 14.9 | JP¥ 1755] Book number F1207

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