Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk

by Arthur Harvey Boardman

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World War II has ravaged London and the Barrett family is deranged by the shadow cast over postwar life. They stick to their dreams and struggle to make them reality, helped but at the same time frustrated by a new social order. Perce Barrett, who fought in WWI, attempts to make a living as an entertainer. His daughter Lilly and her husband Bill fantasize a life of winning the football pools and becoming champion ballroom dancers. Dot capitalizes on her experiences of the Blitz to write a novel. Alice Barrett, Perce's wife, keeps the peace and quiet by making tea, being practical and keeping to herself her longing for a bathroom.

Larry Barrett, the youngest in the family, fails his Eleven-plus exam but learns to read and write, living through a crescendo of perplexities which materialize in the form of a ghost, the Great Smog of London, and the fascination of his enigmatic teacher of English. It is Larry, in spite of his limited linguistic resources, who writes the novel, struggling to find a means to express his experiences.

Honky Tonk is a powerful story of the way in which a working class family's attempts to rebuild their lives are aggravated by social conflict and mysterious underlying forces. Their drama plays out in a South East London setting rich in characters whose lives mingle with those of the Barrett family.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157180126
Publisher: Art Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 370 KB

About the Author

Roy Boardman started working life in 1953 as a Junior Librarian in London and has surrounded himself with books ever since. First published when he was sixteen, he has written stories and poetry all his life and, in his 57 years working as a teacher and teacher trainer, encouraged young people to relate literature to their lives and to use creative writing as a way to understand themselves and their relationships with others.

With Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, he has written a number of books for and about teaching English and English literature.

Roy lives in Naples, Italy, and is working on a new novel set in that city. The left valve of his heart is in Naples, the right valve in London, where Honky Tonk lives.

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