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Editorial Reviews

A prolific and prominent British writer, Melvyn Bragg is known for his introspective eye. The novel Crossing the Lines follows a cast of characters from all different walks of life as they navigate the changing landscape that is mid-century England. In Bragg's interwoven narratives, life and love are lost and found. Alan Robertson's authentic voice performance brings weight to these already dignified tales. Bragg's dynamic portraits of postwar Englishmen and women is an unflinching yet sympathetic treatment of a society in the midst of great transformation.

Publisher's Summary

Set in Britain during the 1950s, this moving and evocative novel follows the intertwined fates of people crossing boundaries in their lives - from growing older to growing up, from first love to leaving home. Vividly conveying the spirit of the mid-century and the profound social changes taking place at the time, this is an enthralling successor to the award-winning The Soldier's Return and A Son of War.

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Critic Reviews

"Marvellous...richly detailed and extraordinarily poignant" (David Robson, Sunday Telegraph)
"Bragg brilliantly conveys Joe's youthful idealism and the ultimate dislocation from family and community that will be experienced by the working-class lad (or lass) who manages to win a university education ...I, frankly, can't wait to read what happens next." )Val Hennessy, Daily Mail)
"If you want to know what Labour England after 1945 was really like, I cannot recommend [it] too highly...His three novels on the subject put even the historians in the shade." (Michael Foot, Guardian)

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