Learn how and when to remove this template message Thomas was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. He was orphaned at the age of 12, when his mariner father was lost at sea and his mother died only a few months later from cancer. While there he was briefly involved with the military action against communist rebels in the Malayan emergency. He also began to write short articles for publication in English newspapers. Career[ edit ] This section relies largely or entirely on a single source.
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Start your review of Tropic Of Ruislip Write a review Shelves: favorites There is always a danger that when you revisit something from the past that you loved it will disappoint. Films look cheap, games are tacky, food doesnt taste the same and books can leaving you wondering what was I thinking.. Nevertheless I have recently bought a couple of books that I felt deserved another look, one of them this old Leslie Thomas classic from One thing re-reading this book has made me realise is just how much of his time Leslie Thomas was.
Whilst much of the humour is There is always a danger that when you revisit something from the past that you loved it will disappoint. Tropic of Ruislip, which was also made into a TV drama, centres around the residents of a new housing estate, Plummers Park, somewhere on the outskirts of London.
On one side of the railway track there is the council estate with its church, shops and launderette; on the other side is the executive housing populated by the aspiring middle class professionals. The story centres around Andrew Maiby and his wife and daughter.
The spark has gone from his marriage and his career is going nowhere. It is whilst reporting on events at the local magistrates court that he meets Bessie White, the year old grand-daughter of one of the defendant. Told with great humour and more than a touch of cynicism, I loved the interplay between the characters, particularly when residents from the different sides of the track came together.
For me, it was not so much the thrust of the story itself that kept me interested but the smaller events and witty asides that kept me chuckling.
Leslie Thomas was one of the most popular writers of the time. Whilst I enjoyed reading this book again, I did feel it was dated. But that said, it is a great story and one that would be a good introduction for anyone who has not read his books before.
Tropic of Ruislip
Tropic Of Ruislip
Books by Leslie Thomas