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Asking for trouble : a novel, by Peter Timms

Label
Asking for trouble : a novel
Title
Asking for trouble
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
by Peter Timms
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There are things in his past that Harry Bascombe definitely doesn't want to remember. But when a nosy journalist with a taste for scandal turns up out of the blue, he is forced to confront his memories...An uncertain and diffident boy, Harry struggles to survive a suburban upbringing in the 1950s - the era of Menzies and the menace of Reds under the bed, the excitement of the Melbourne Olympics and the arrival of television in Australia. Family life is complicated, with an ineffectual father, a highly strung mother who is leading a double life, and an older brother who is 'not quite himself'. School is no easier. Harry is tormented by embittered sports master, Mr van Enst, and his thuggish classmate Derek Knowles. However hard young Harry tries to stay out of trouble, it seems he is always 'asking for it' - Mr van Enst and Derek Knowles certainly think so. Unwittingly, Harry becomes trapped in a spiral of murderous violence and intimidation that he can neither understand nor resist. Darkly funny and brutally frank, Asking for Trouble is a surprisingly tender and moving novel about the corrosive power of secrets and the consequences of standing up to bullies
Summary
There are things in his past that Harry Bascombe definitely doesn't want to remember. But when a nosy journalist with a taste for scandal turns up out of the blue, he is forced to confront his memories ... An uncertain and diffident boy, Harry struggles to survive a suburban upbringing in the 1950s -- the era of Menzies and the menace of Reds under the bed, the excitement of the Melbourne Olympics and the arrival of television in Australia. Family life is complicated, with an ineffectual father, a highly strung mother who is leading a double life, and an older brother who is 'not quite himself'. School is no easier. Harry is tormented by embittered sports master, Mr van Enst, and his thuggish classmate Derek Knowles. However hard young Harry tries to stay out of trouble, it seems he is always 'asking for it' -- Mr van Enst and Derek Knowles certainly think so. Unwittingly, Harry becomes trapped in a spiral of murderous violence and intimidation that he can neither understand nor resist. Darkly funny and brutally frank, Asking for Trouble is a surprisingly tender and moving novel about the corrosive power of secrets and the consequences of standing up to bullies.
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10319849
Cataloging source
ANL
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1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Timms, Peter
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Secrecy
  • Coming of age
Target audience
adult
Label
Asking for trouble : a novel, by Peter Timms
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"The story of a childhood best forgotten"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051749178
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
327 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780732298432
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)853448945
Label
Asking for trouble : a novel, by Peter Timms
Publication
Copyright
Note
"The story of a childhood best forgotten"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051749178
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
327 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780732298432
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)853448945

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