Blood Of My Bone Simon Raven

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Published: July 17th 2013

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142 pages


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Blood Of My Bone  by  Simon Raven

Blood Of My Bone by Simon Raven
July 17th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 142 pages | ISBN: | 6.21 Mb

In this fifth volume of Simon Raven’s First Born of Egypt series, the death of the Provost of Lancaster College is a catalyst for a series of disgraceful doings in the continuing saga of the Canteloupes and their circle. Marius, under-age father ofMoreIn this fifth volume of Simon Raven’s First Born of Egypt series, the death of the Provost of Lancaster College is a catalyst for a series of disgraceful doings in the continuing saga of the Canteloupes and their circle. Marius, under-age father of the new lady Canteloupe’s dutifully produced heir to the family estate, is warned against the malign influence of Raisley Conyngham.

Classics teacher at Lancaster, Conyngham is well aware of the sway he has over Marius, who has already revealed himself a keen student of ‘the refinements of hell’. With fate intervening, the stage is set for another deliciously wicked instalment.‘Perhaps it’s time Raven’s books got a Government health warning’ – Daily Mail‘Raven is one of our best and funniest storytellers’ – Times Educational Supplement‘Raven’s world of upper- and upper-middle-class mores, or amores more like, is outrageous and funny, elegant and sharp’ – The TimesThe Author: Born in 1927 into a middle class household, Simon Raven became both an outrageous figure and an acclaimed writer and novelist.

His father inherited a hosiery business and did not have to work, his mother was an internationally successful athlete. The young Simon, however, viewed the household as respectable, prying, puritanical, penny-pinching, and joyless.Initial education was through attending Cordwalles Preparatory School, near Camberley, Surrey, where he later claimed to have been deftly and very agreeably seduced by the games master. From there he went on to Charterhouse, but was eventually expelled in 1945 for serial homosexuality. Nonetheless, he still managed to wangle his way into Kings College, Cambridge, to read classics, after a two year gap to complete his national service in the Parachute Regiment.Raven had loved classics from an early age and read daily in the original, often translating from Latin to Greek to English, or any combination thereof.At Cambridge, he probably felt completely at home for the first time in his life.

In his own words, nobody minded what you did in bed, or what you said about God. This was civilised to his mind and he was also later to write, in a somewhat fatalistic manner: we arent here for long, and when we do go, thats that. Finish. So, for Gods sake, enjoy yourself now - and sod anyone who tries to stop you. Despite revelling in Cambridge life, or perhaps because of it, Raven fell heavily into debt for the first time whilst there and also faced his first real responsibility.

Susan Kilner, a fellow undergraduate was expecting his child and in 1951 they married. He took little interest in the marriage, however, and they were divorced some six years later.He also failed to submit a thesis needed to support an offered fellowship, so fled both Cambridge and his marriage for the army, where he was commissioned into the Kings Own Shropshire Light Infantry. After service in Germany and Kenya, during which time he set up a brothel for his men to use, he was posted to regimental headquarters in Shropshire.

It was here that debt once again forced a change in direction after he lost considerable sums at the local racetrack.Resigning his commission so as to avoid being court-martialled, he turned to writing having won over a publisher who agreed to pay him weekly in cash, and also pick up bills for sustenance and drink.

Moving to Deal in Kent he embarked upon producing a prodigious array of works which over the years included novels, essays, reviews- film scripts, radio and television plays and the scripts for television series, notably The Pallisers and Edward and Mrs Simpson.



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