Iain Crichton Smith

The Last Summer

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A sensitively written and memorable novel of youth by one of Scotland's most distinguished twentieth century writers. Malcolm, studious, imaginative, footballing, shy, sexually aware but uncomfortably innocent, is in his last term at school on a Hebridean island during the Second World War. His awkward relationship with his teachers, his widowed mother and younger brother, his friends — and with Janet whom he loves from a distance and the less comely and warmer, but to him still enigmatic, Sheila, are marvellously realised. Above all, this is the story of a boy, on his own, trying to discover himself and through himself to find his way in life.
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191 printed pages
Original publication
Birlinn, Polygon

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