Windows on the Moon [Dec]
By Alan Brownjohn
Published by Black Spring Press
London, 1947. No sense of victory, but just the beginnings of hope for the future. Maureen works in a cafÃ©â€¦her son sees his chance of escape from this parentsâ€™ humdrum lifeâ€¦Frenchman Pierre-Henri lies low, aware that the past may catch up with him, and with a bag packed just in case...
Alan Brownjohn is author of three previous novels. The Way You Tell Them won the Authorsâ€™ Club prize for most promising debut novel, 1990. The Long Shadows, 1997, was chosen by Jonathan Coe as a book of the year in the New Statesman. He is also a leading poet.
â€˜Wise, witty and steadfast, Alan Brownjohn is one of the most reliably enjoyable of writers.â€™
â€˜An extraordinarily intimate, pitch-perfect recreation of not only the very taste and smell of austerity Britain but the whole sensibility of an era.â€™
David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain
â€˜Without resort to impasto period colour Alan Brownjohn evokesâ€¦lower-middle-class suburban southeast Londonâ€¦of 1946â€“7â€¦The insular, timid post-war world he conjures is engrossingâ€¦delicately etched.