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In Starlight Geoffrey Lewis tells a tale of schoolboy friendship set against the backdrop of the Oxford Canal in the days when the commercial trade was in decline, the canal itself threatened with closure. It is a story whose mood ranges from heartwarming humour to unbearable poignancy in which he conjures up the world of the 1950s as the outcast lock-keeper’s son takes the townie boy under his wing. The newcomer discovers the world of the canals as historical events and real characters flit past in the ...

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STARLIGHT

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Overview

In Starlight Geoffrey Lewis tells a tale of schoolboy friendship set against the backdrop of the Oxford Canal in the days when the commercial trade was in decline, the canal itself threatened with closure. It is a story whose mood ranges from heartwarming humour to unbearable poignancy in which he conjures up the world of the 1950s as the outcast lock-keeper’s son takes the townie boy under his wing. The newcomer discovers the world of the canals as historical events and real characters flit past in the background; the author leads the reader through the long heat-wave of the summer of 1955, as it was seen by an eleven-year-old boy living in a little North Oxfordshire village.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780956453679
  • Publisher: SGM Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 569,735
  • File size: 362 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen G. Miles was born in Oxford, in 1947, and educated at the City’s High School and Hatfield University (then a polytechnic). He has since followed a varied career, including spells as a research chemist, security guard and professional photographer. After many years in the motor trade, and eight years as the owner and captain of a canal-based passenger boat, he is now retired and concentrating upon writing. After a childhood spent close to the Oxford Canal, his love of the waterways led him to live aboard a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal for sixteen years. Now back on dry land, he lives in Milton Keynes, not far from the canal, and recently took on the duties of Captain on the historic pair Nutfield and Raymond which are to be seen at many waterways events through year.He has been writing seriously since the late 1990s, and has a number of novels in print under his well-known pen-name of Geoffrey Lewis. He is also a regular contributor to Classic American Magazine. Photographer, bell-ringer, real ale drinker and American car enthusiast, he is currently engaged upon a number of new writing projects, including a children’s fantasy adventure trilogy after the style of Tolkein, of which Thunderchild is the first volume; and of course more stories set in the working days of England’s canals!
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“Come on, Harry, give it a chance, you’ll love it there, you wait and see!”. It wasn’t that my father was an insensitive man, far from it. But by then he was in his late forties; he’d been running, expanding, the small engineering firm his father had started in Kidlington, for almost twenty-five years, and he’d forgotten what it was like to be eleven years old. He’d forgotten how small your world is at that age, a world which consists of family, school and friends – and now, he and my mother were proposing to cut me off from two of those three things, at a stroke, and without a thought for my feelings. Or at least, that was how it seemed to me: “But Dad – I won’t be able to see Nicky, or Max, or anyone!”. He put a comforting hand on my shoulder, gave me one of his easy smiles: “Don’t worry, Harry – once we get settled in, we can go back to Oxford to see them; or maybe you could have them over to stay, from time to time? And anyway, you’ll soon make new friends, you’ll see, especially once you start school again after the holiday!”. His cheerful words weren’t convincing – he meant what he said, I know, but I also knew from experience that his good intentions often disappeared under the weight of business. And the thought of having to start at another new school, after just two terms at St Peter’s College, depressed me even more. I wouldn’t miss St Peter’s, to be honest – I’d gone there having easily passed my eleven-plus exam, but the snobbish atmosphere and level of teasing which just stopped short of real bullying hadn’t endeared the place to me. But would my new school be any better? Or could it, horror of horrors, be even worse? I was to start at the County High School, in Banbury, at the end of the Easter holiday – we were moving then, so as to minimise the disruption to my education. Or rather to cause it, from my schoolboy point of view.

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