There Is a Happy Land

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'[A]mong the few great writers of our time.' - Auberon Waugh, The Independent

'He gets into the mind of his eleven-year-old, sees the world from the height of three foot six . . . The book is vivid, accurate, perceptive . . . how brilliant - and how honestly - the author makes his original effect.' - The Observer

'An exceptionally talented novelist.' - The Sunday Times

'Remarkable for the deep and unwavering insight it gives into child ...

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Overview

'[A]mong the few great writers of our time.' - Auberon Waugh, The Independent

'He gets into the mind of his eleven-year-old, sees the world from the height of three foot six . . . The book is vivid, accurate, perceptive . . . how brilliant - and how honestly - the author makes his original effect.' - The Observer

'An exceptionally talented novelist.' - The Sunday Times

'Remarkable for the deep and unwavering insight it gives into child behaviour . . . the candour of his vision and the cunning of his art are such that he captures the very essence of the eleven-minus mind.' - The Times

Inspired by its author's own childhood experiences, this moving novel is the story of a fateful few weeks in the life of an eleven-year-old boy on a public housing estate. When an eccentric man who is unusually fond of children (they nickname him 'Uncle Mad') moves onto the estate, the wheels of tragedy are set in motion, a tragedy made especially poignant because we experience it through the eyes of the young narrator, who is incapable of fully understanding the significance of the terrible events unfolding around him . . .

Although Keith Waterhouse (1929-2009) is best known for his classic comic novel Billy Liar (1959), many critics believe his first novel, There is a Happy Land (1957), is his best. This edition is the first ever published in the United States and includes a new introduction by Bill Hagerty and the original jacket art by William Belcher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939140616
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Pages: 141
  • Sales rank: 1,332,606
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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