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Careless Talk


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Careless Talk by Michael Richardson

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Young Morley Charles worries that he s just not clever enough for the city s art school. But the lies he tells to advance himself in the eyes of friends, family and the local priest bring all manner of trouble. Imagine if Michael Frayn s Spies had been set in Birmingham with the daftest, funniest, most self-deluding schoolboy at its heart. Well, here is Morley Charles again, the inventive and sexually curious hero of The Pig Bin, but now he has artistic ambitions and anxieties about links between his family and the Blackshirts. Careless Talk is a glorious comedy of misunderstandings set in a seemingly ordinary end-of-wartime suburb.

Author Biography

MICHAEL RICHARDSON spent his teaching career as head of art in Birmingham secondary schools. His short stories, poems and articles have appeared in the Sunday Times, Mayfair, Private Eye and London Magazine, and his paintings have been widely exhibited. He enjoys walking in areas supplied with old-fashioned pubs not too far from each other, inventing things and, like Morley Charles, masquerading as a foreigner when the occasion demands.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Tindal Street Press
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