Anthem

Anthem In in London s last great fog a small boy Henry Armstrong is separated from his mother Thirty years later as a bandsman in the Royal Marines and bound for the Falklands he still has not fou

  • Title: Anthem
  • Author: Tim Binding
  • ISBN: 9780330427586
  • Page: 484
  • Format: None
  • In 1952, in London s last great fog, a small boy, Henry Armstrong, is separated from his mother Thirty years later, as a bandsman in the Royal Marines and bound for the Falklands, he still has not found her Meanwhile, the life of Henry s childhood friend, shoe salesman Richard Roach, is in crisis He is missing all of his targets his feckless and impotent teenage son deIn 1952, in London s last great fog, a small boy, Henry Armstrong, is separated from his mother Thirty years later, as a bandsman in the Royal Marines and bound for the Falklands, he still has not found her Meanwhile, the life of Henry s childhood friend, shoe salesman Richard Roach, is in crisis He is missing all of his targets his feckless and impotent teenage son despises him and his wife, Ellen, no longer bothers to mask her indifference when he returns each night to their home at the end of Anglefield Road Richard wants to make things better somehow, but he has little idea where to begin Richard s neighbour, Suzanne Plimsoll, on the other hand, just wants out out of her marriage, out of the accusing stares of her stepdaughter, out most of all of Anglefield Road For her, real life only exists onboard the ocean liner on which she works, her beloved Canberra When the ship is requisitioned to transport troops to the Falklands and she volunteers to go along, she finally glimpses a means of escape Freddie Millen s difficulties run, perhaps, less deep Still, his obsession with lawns, has caused no small measure of strain to his marriage Anthem is a novel fearless in the scale of its ambition, as the lives of four families are changed and in some cases overturned by a dispute over a group of small, barren islands at the bottom of the world It is a heartrending, also at times surprisingly amusing, story of the horrors of war at home and abroad and, finally, of a long delayed reunion that takes place in the most surprising of circumstances Tim Binding was born in Germany in 1947 He is the author of In the Kingdom of the Air, A Perfect Execution, Island Madness and On Ilkley Moor He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

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  • Tim Binding

    Novelist Tim Binding was born in Germany in 1947 A former editor at Penguin Books in London, he is a part time commissioning editor at London publishers Simon Schuster He is the author of the novels, In the Kingdom of Air 1993 , A Perfect Execution 1996 shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize , Island Madness 1998 , set on Guernsey during the Second World War, and Man Overboard 2005.He co wrote a comedy drama series for BBC television in 1998, entitled The Last Salute, working with Simon Nye, creator of the Men Behaving Badly comedy series On Ilkley Moor The Story of an English Town 2001 , is a memoir and history of the area where he grew up Anthem, a moving and entertaining story of the horror of war and its consequences, was published in 2003 His latest novel is Sylvie and the Songman 2008 and is illustrated by Angela Barrett.Tim Binding lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

  • 330 Comments

  • It was interesting to read a book set during the Falklands War, an event I remember, but as a teenager at the time, only in a superficial way. In this novel, the author puts us right aboard the HMS Canberra as it heads for the conflict zone. It's not a book totally about war; rather, the events are used as a catalyst to change the lives of some of the residents of a North London street. I liked the way the book started out by setting up some really compelling situations to hook the reader. I als [...]


  • This should be a four star book, a good story told by a good writer, but all those scene setting segues and time traveling traipses are just plain confusing to the plot. One minute you're sailing on the crest of an emotional wave and the next you're flicking back a page to see which time zone you're in or even which character he's referring to.A couple of minor points to end on, first, too many typo's and second, he should know the difference between a Union Jack and a Union flag, bah. ;-)


  • It needed a discerning editor to cut out the swathes of digression. I could skim a paragraph every two pages. There were some highlights and I got really engaged in the last chapter but aside from that a bit too slow. Having so many characters made me have to keep reminding myself who was who although towards the end all seemed to have their place in the book. Would not be rushing to read another of his books


  • Tim Binding uses the 1982 Falklands War as the backdrop in this engrossing novel that runs from daily suburban drama to the tension of the South Atlantic Ocean.The entwined lives of the characters intrigue and overlap to an unexpected denouement.


  • Tim Binding is such an accessible writer, and this story of ordinary people and the Faulklands War, is an exploration of the intertwined lives of 4 families on Anglefield Road. A story of coincidences, war, death, familial love and loss. A great read



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