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    Leslie Thomas(Author)

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From Barnardo boy to original virgin soldier; from apprentice journalist in London's Fleet Street to famous novelist...

At times funny, at times sad, but always honest and utterly compulsive, Leslie Thomas's story is straight out of fiction. As an orphan, he picked his way through the rubble of post-war Britain and was sent on national service to the Far East. Later he became a Fleet Street reporter, with hilarious experiences to relate, and then became the bestselling author of The Virgin Soldiers - the novel that, although scandalous in its day, is now recognised as a classic of its kind. He is also the creator of Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective, which has been adapted into a popular television series. In 2005, Leslie Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

With a new introduction for this edition, this is an amazing story, and Leslie Thomas's magic touch brings it crackling to life with warmth, wit and humour.

"'Scenes rivalling the best of D. H. Lawrence'" (Daily Telegraph)"'Truly exciting'" (Daily Mail)"'Splendidly conveys...compassion, excitement, entertainment'" (Evening Standard)"Vividly readable... Leslie Thomas is one of nature's life enchancers" (Sunday Express)"A fine storyteller" (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • PDF | 544 pages
  • Leslie Thomas(Author)
  • Arrow; New Ed edition (6 July 2006)
  • English
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  • By thesaint on 2 April 2017

    I loved this autobiography. A wonderful depiction of World War II: Riotously funny on one page, tragically sad in the next. A triumph.

  • By o on 31 March 2011

    A wonderful book, always pulls on the heart strings with the reality of what was. Leslie Thomas is a great author.

  • By C. Rowell on 16 July 2008

    Ok, I'm biased. Leslie Thomas is probably my favourite British writer of any generation, bar none.But I'm not a fan of autobiographies as I find them often to be shrines to the author's ego and sense of their own importance.Not so this one. Of course Thomas can't help but refer (and rightly so) to his many accomplishments against considerable adversity, but there's never a sense of him pushing out his chest and 'crowing'.It's a beautifully written tale, as finely crafted as any of his fictional works and penned in Thomas' own inimitable style (which can have tears of laughter rolling down your cheeks in one paragraph whilst having you emotionally choked in the next).Whatever price you pay, it's worth every single penny!

  • By Tony on 22 June 2014

    The death of Welsh author Leslie Thomas recently prompted me to re-read his autobiography In My Wildest Dreams. My copy has an updated introduction written in 2006 where Leslie Thomas recalls how he met one of his childhood friends who said, 'I'm retiring next year and I'm going to finish my book then.' 'You're writing a book?' Leslie asked. 'No,' his friend replied, 'I'm reading one.'Leslie's great sense of humour makes this a very readable book, even though I'm sure he makes light of his very challenging early life and years spent in children's homes. I was particularly interested in how his first novel (followed by twenty-nine more) became such a worldwide best seller. It seems he had several lucky breaks, starting with the title. Based on his far eastern national service in the Army Pay Corps, it was originally going to be called The Little Soldiers then someone suggested it should be changed to The Virgin Soldiers just before the books went to print. A nervous BBC review editor added 'Don't leave it around where children can pick it up.' An intrigued public rushed to buy it - and the rest is history.Leslie modestly says of The Virgin Soldiers, 'It was a beginner's book, written from the heart.' The fact is he spent years learning his craft the hard way, writing for magazines and later as a reporter on the London Evening News. He also spotted an important niche when he realised no one had previously written a novel based on national service experiences.I really enjoyed re-reading this life-affirming story of a resourceful but penniless orphan who, through his writing, became a much-loved celebrity, (dining with Princess Diana) and am sure I will return to it sometime. I should really leave the last word to Leslie: "I overheard two old ladies talking. 'This Leslie Thomas,' one said, 'They say he can write and he's funny and charming. I can't see it myself." Her friend replied: 'Nor can I.' "

  • By Jack on 13 July 2013

    I first found Leslie Thomas when I read 'This Time Next Week', his account of growing up in a Barnardo's home. This book draws heavily on TTNW; indeed, there are parts when you feel that you could be reading the other book. It does take the reader on to learn more about Thomas' life after Barnardo's and that is something I always wanted to find out about.Highly recommended.

  • By Wendy Downey on 27 December 2012

    Very good read. This was enjoyed over the Christmas and as one of Dad's favourite authors will be re-read numerous times I'm sure.

  • By patricia on 5 December 2012

    thought i would give this author a go ,and wow his books are very good ,you can relate with somethings of your younger childhood

  • By Billy No Mates on 10 November 2011

    I enjoyed reading this book. I read 'This time next week' first which was very good and gave more early back ground. After reading both books I can understand where the inspiration for his work comes from - real life experiences. This is recommended reading for Leslie Thomas fans.


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