Far, Far the Mountain Peak

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  • Author Name: Arthur Clifford
  • Publication Date: 28/01/2016
  • Format: Paperback

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Rejected by his doctrinaire socialist mother and father while still a baby, John Denby is sent down south to live with his wealthy grandfather and grandmother. Educated at a private school and cosseted at home, all he knows is the leafy London suburb where he lives and his self-created world of steam train models and the Scripture Union.

Then a sudden tragedy strikes and he must return to the ‘desolate’, ‘proletarian’ North to live with his deeply unsympathetic parents and to attend an ‘experimental’ state school that his father has helped set up. A strange fish out of water, he quickly discovers that, to survive, he must live a double life – both sensitive ‘posh git’ and daredevil ‘hard lad’.

Part Dickensian Bildungsroman, part coruscating satire, Far, Far the Mountain Peak is an always engaging, and sometimes deeply moving, tale of an awkward boy struggling to find his place in the world.

2 reviews for Far, Far the Mountain Peak

  1. Daniel

  2. Chris Arthur

    Arthur Clifford’s ‘Far Far the Mountain Peak’ is a superb account of the working of a young boy’s mind from his early childhood to adulthood. Setting it against the disastrous utopianism of the Permissive Society gives it added poignancy as well as providing a devastating critique of the illusions of the time. The book has a strong narrative drive which makes it highly readable and it surely deserves serious literary attention.

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