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The Small Back Room

The Small Back Room

A true modern classic, THE SMALL BACK ROOM is a towering novel of the Second World War.

Sammy Rice is a weapons scientist, one of the ‘back room boys’ of the Second World War. A crippling disability has left him cynical and disillusioned – he struggles with a drink problem at home, and politics and petty pride at work. Worse still, he fears he is not good enough for the woman he loves.

The stakes are raised when the enemy begin to drop a new type of booby-trapped bomb, causing many casualties. Only Sammy has the know-how to diffuse it – but as he comes face to face with real danger, all his old inadequacies return to haunt him.

Can he, at last, prove his worth and put his demons to rest?
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Adventure / War & Combat Fiction

On Sale: 10th September 2015

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781474601177

Reviews

Probably no other novelist of Mr. Balchin's value is so eminently and enjoyably readable . . . [He] never lets the reader down
Elizabeth Bowen, TATLER
I'd place him up there with Graham Greene
Philippa Gregory
Balchin has the rare magnetic power that draws the human eye from one sentence to the next
EVENING STANDARD
One of the hopes of British novel-writing . . . A writer of genius
John Betjeman
Balchin can tell an exciting story as well as any novelist alive
SUNDAY CHRONICLE
A little masterpiece like Nigel Balchin's The Small Back Room speaks to our own time, but with so much literary experience behind it
Shirley Hazzard
He can always be relied on to give us the set-up magnificently
BBC
A superb storyteller
SUNDAY TIMES
The novelist of men at work
GUARDIAN
He tells a story gloriously
DAILY TELEGRAPH
A brilliant novelist . . . A writer of real skill
NEW STATESMAN
A remarkable storyteller
DAILY MAIL
[An] inexplicably neglected author
THE TIMES
The missing writer of the Forties . . . Balchin's professional skill gives a meaning to brilliance which the word doesn't usually possess
Clive James, NEW REVIEW
One of the best writers, and certainly one of the best stylists, to come out of the war years
Michael Powell
Balchin has been absurdly overlooked for too long
Julian Fellowes
Balchin writes about timeless things, the places in the heart
Ruth Rendell, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Balchin has done so much to raise the standard of the popular novel
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Perhaps the most successful British author to emerge during the war
SATURDAY EVENING POST