New book by Art Cockerill, Lay Gently on the Coals,
published in September by AESOP Publications of Oxford under its Modern Fiction imprint.
The novel includes a couple of chapters dealing with a description of Dover and the Duke of York 's School in 1939 and 1940
(one chapter covering the return of the BEF from Dunkirk).
For the cover image, the publisher by permission has used
Stanley Spencer's 1937 Workmen in the house painting.
This colourful novel chronicles the fortunes of an English family during the 1930s and '40s when times were hard and the outlook grim - hard for working families and grim for the nation. Lay Gently on the Coals is destined to become a classic novel of working-class family life before, during and after the Second World War.
'Full of rollicking good humour and Dickensian characters ... A celebration of the comic grace of ordinary people during a time of hard knocks.'
Judge James Clarke, QC, author of How to Bribe a Judge
'As good any book I’ve read since the Good Soldier Svejk.'
Brian Marley, a veteran of the Australian Defence Force.
* ISBN 978-0-9569098-2-4
* Format: 258 pp. Demi 8vo, paperback
* Price: £9.99.
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