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The Centre of the Green John Bowen

The Centre of the Green

John Bowen

Published December 19th 2013
ISBN : 9780571305148
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First published in 1959 The Centre of the Green is John Bowens third novel. The story centres around the Baker family: the father Justin is a retired Colonel- the mother, Teresa, is over-possessive and refuses to admit that her sons have grown-up-MoreFirst published in 1959 The Centre of the Green is John Bowens third novel. The story centres around the Baker family: the father Justin is a retired Colonel- the mother, Teresa, is over-possessive and refuses to admit that her sons have grown-up- the sons Julian and Charles - one is a married advertising copywriter with a penchant for extra-marital affairs while the other is withdrawn and suicidal, desperately looking for human contact in the vast anonymity of London.It is Julians involvement with a seventeen-year-old girl that sparks the chain of events that eventually encompasses the whole family. The scene shifts between Devonshire, London and Majorca as each member of the family searches for a resolution to the impasse into which they have drifted and struggle to regain the family ties that they once had.A subtle, intelligent and compassionate novel The Centre of the Green was commended by the Observer for its admirable vitality, while the Spectator described it as a series of expertly managed shocks.