desmond elliott 2017 before the fall tudor queens series eligible curtis sittenfeld debuts of the month
Search our site
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce Read the opening extract of the brand new Rachel Joyce book before its publication on 13/07/2017

The Breaking of Bumbo by Andrew Sinclair
  

The Breaking of Bumbo

RRP £13.00

Synopsis

The Breaking of Bumbo by Andrew Sinclair

The Breaking of Bumbo was first published fifty years ago when the author was twenty-two. It was an immense success and caused something of stir. To quote from the original blurb, 'Bumbo Bailey is a coward and a bit of a hero; a martyr, an egoist, a clown, a debs' delight and a Suez mutineer; a non-conformist Old Etonian Guardee. Partly his own victim, and partly the victim of his own small world, he is Made, and has his Season; and is Broken. Bumbo pursues his career from Caterham to an Officers' Training School; from the Officers' Training School to Wellington Barracks; and, from Wellington Barracks to any number of wildly assorted parties. He learns a lot about Sex and Love and Discipline - and a little about himself; in the end he behaves very oddly indeed; and faces, in his own way, the consequences'. This however is more than a period piece, the social milieu it describes may have vanished, but the novel's satirical brio lifts it above its immediate provenance; it continues to read freshly. 'This bitter, ironical and very clever first novel paints a devastating portrait of an upper-class misfit, half clown, half Hamlet ...' - Evening Standard . 'Gruesomely funny ...a violent virility that is infectious' - Tatler .

About the Author

Andrew Sinclair (born 1935) is a novelist, historian, critic and film-maker. He was a founding member of Churchill College, Cambridge. From his rich, varied and extensive bibliography Faber Finds is reissuing his first two novels, The Breaking of Bumbo and My Friend Judas, both published in 1959, his history of Prohibition in America, Prohibition: The Era of Excess and his cultural history of Britain in the 1940s, War Like a Wasp: The Lost Decade of the Forties.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

16th April 2009

Author

Andrew Sinclair

More books by Andrew Sinclair
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
200 pages

Categories

Religious & spiritual fiction

ISBN

9780571251162

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools