John Bemrose - The Island Walkers (2nd Hand Paperback)
John Bemrose’s highly acclaimed national bestseller tells the story of a family who slips from fortune’s favour in a southwestern Ontario mill town during the mid-1960's.
Like his father before him, Alf Walker is a fixer in the local textile mill. When a labour dispute forces him to choose between loyalty to his friends and his own advancement, Alf’s actions inadvertently set in motion a series of events that will reverberate far into the future.
Meanwhile, Alf’s wife, Margaret, must reconcile her middle-class upbringing with her blue-collar reality, as her marriage is undermined by forces she cannot name. And after their eldest son, Joe, falls headlong for a girl he first glimpses on a bridge, the boy finds his world overturned by the passion and uncertainty of young love.
At once intimate and epic in scope, The Island Walkers follows the Walker family to the very bottom of their night, only to confirm, in the end, life’s regenerative power.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Families & Sagas
- Published : 2003 (This Edition 2005 - John Murray Books)
- ISBN : 9780719566707
- SKU : B002844
- PPC : SP400gm
- RRP : £7.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"This is the kind of story you can really sink into. After reading it, I felt as if I had lived with the Walker family; I got to know them and understand their hopes and fears."
"Loved, loved, loved this book. I am coming to it late but someone recommended. It reminded me of my childhood and teenage years. The language was the perfect amount of description mixed with plot. I could see his settings in my mind's eye." - Library Thing Reviews.
"Astonishingly self-possessed . . . Bemrose lingers over domestic details, but this Hardian sense of doom is only reinforced by the sinister still lifes that he sketches so well. The Island Walkers is so momentously bound with its backdrop that its reach feels epic." - Observer.
"The book casts an irresistible spell." - Northern Woman.
'Lyrical, sensual prose permeates John Bemrose's moving debut novel'. - Waterstone's Books Quarterly.
'An exceptionally well-drawn family drama . . . His style is compelling.' - Town & Village Times.
"Highly readable and shot through with a warmth that never quite bubbles over into sentimentality." - The Independent on Sunday.
"Bemrose's novel, while not short on incident, keeps its well-drawn characters firmly to the fore, marking its author as a noteworthy observer of human frailty." - The Times.
John Bemrose is a Canadian arts journalist, novelist, poet and playwright. His arts reviews have appeared in Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, the National Post and on CBC Radio.
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