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Although it is set in the 1940's and 1950's, "The Betrayal" is not a story about history. It is much more than that. It is about what happens to people, to strong people and good people when they find that all they believed in has no real purpose, their ambitions, no real goal, their capacities, in the world that exists, no real meaning.

For myself, and much to my Dad's bewilderment, who had fought a protracted War against the Japanese in Burma, I joined the British Army.

Away from the mills, away from the factories, away from the boredom, I plunged head first into the Mediterranean Sea, and came ashore in Benghazi, my first posting abroad. It changed my world forever.

'Dover Beach'
By Matthew Arnold 1822-1888

"For the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land in dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight
When ignorant armies clash by night."

favourite books

"Dispatches" by Michael Herr
"The Road to Wigan Pier & 1984" George Orwell
"Going To Meet The Man" James Baldwin
"Under The Volcano & October Ferry to Gabriola" Malcolm Lowry
"Brave New World" Aldus Huxley
"For Whom The Bell Tolls" Ernest Hemingway
"East of Eden & The Grapes of Wrath" John Steinbeck
"And Quiet Flows The Don" Mikhail Sholkhov
"On The Road & The Dharma Bums" Jack Kerouac
"Tropic of Cancer" Henry Miller
"Brighton Rock" Graham Greene
"A Clock Work Orange" Anthony Burgess
"The Gulag Archipelago & Cancer Ward" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"Darkness at Noon" Arthur Koestler
"Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & The Catcher in The Rye" JD Salinger
"A Passage To India" E.M.Forster
"The Lord Of The Flies" William Golding
"A Bend In The River" V.S.Niapaul
"The Great Gatsby" F.Scott Fitzgerald
"The Diary of Anne Frank" Anne Frank
"Don Quixote" Miguel De Cervantes
"Birdsong" Sebastian Faulks
"Moby Dick" Herman Melville
"Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad
"The Outsider" Albert Camus
"The War of the Worlds" H.G.Wells
"Huckleberry Finn" Mark Twaine
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Ken Kesey
"Catch 22" Joseph Heller
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" Oscar Wilde
"Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" Lewis Carrol
"The Wind In The Willows" Kenneth Grahame
"Life of Pi" Yann Martel
"Gulliver's Travels" Johnathan Swift
"Robinson Crusoe" Daniel Defoe
"Christmas Carol" Charles Dickins
"The Count of Monte Cristo" Alexandre Dumas
"This Sporting Life" David Storey
"If I Should Die In A Combat Zone" Tim O' Brien
"The Pioneers" James Fenimore Cooper
"An Ice Cream War" William Boyd
"One Hundred Years Of Solitude" Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The Betrayal

Max Bradford

Charlie is to hang in the morning. When the church bell strikes eight, Pierrepoint will pull the lever. Only the Home Secretary can save him.

At its heart is a hard-edged bitter litany of working class resentment and anger at the injustices and betrayals of the world coupled with an earnest longing to experience more of life than the daily grind. Charlie is a man who sees much further beyond his own bleak horizons than most of those around him.

Then National Service intervenes, and he is summoned to Kent to serve in the army. He joyously leaves behind the dirty, old, town, and sets off on what he thinks will be an adventure, which eventually leads him into the deserts of North Africa. It is here that his feelings and values change. The well-balanced youth pitched into the tribulations of war, is soon stripped of his feelings when faced with death and mutilation.

On the cold-sweat solitary nights, memories of the betrayal return, pushing him into the wilderness of psychosis and murder.


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Branestawm's cat wrote 14 days ago

Thanks, Mick (Max?). Pleased you like Jack.

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I wrote 15 days ago

The manner in which you use the English language is extraordinarily outstanding. It is many things that I feel when I read it. Many things come to mind. Vibrancy, Old English, the swirl of madness and deep beauty, yet at times, a well, brimming with shadowy reflection that beholds a 'soul of truth' ... view book

I wrote 117 days ago

Like a number of people that have gone before me, it doesn't do you any credit to write what is seemingly the narrator's words in italics. Firstly, I found it irritating. Secondly, Why not use indents and quotation marks and let the story flow. The use of italics means other things. "...used especia... view book

I wrote 145 days ago

Dear Mick I have read the first Chapter of 'Solitary Man' and I got to a point where I had to stop. It is something I need to read in small doses. Very powerful and compelling; timeless. Will still be read a 'hundred years from now I'm sure. I would think that any reader could not help but think ... view book

I wrote 281 days ago

I don't quite understand what you mean? It is a Jewish family called Bernstein where the father has been killed. In Matriarchal societies is it not common for the lineage to pass from female to female? Ok have made note of Alexander not the city of Alexandra - with regards to whether the world ... view book

I wrote 296 days ago

Accents in dialogue are difficult to convey. To be perfectly honest I wasn't overly convinced by one or two of the characters, because having married into a London family that came from the Billingsgate area I found some of your terminology a little "West Country" Firstly, I assume that everyon... view book

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