The Last Great Adventure for Boys
Paperback, 338 Pages
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Bob is a painter and decorator in south east London in the late seventies. He loves Charlton Athletic, old war films and listening to Radio Caroline, a pirate radio station in the North Sea. By pure chance, he gets a job decorating the flat of the station’s manager, the beautiful Olga. In the right bed at the right time, he is given the opportunity to leave the paint roller behind and pick up the headphones on the pirate ship. Avoiding arrest is just the beginning, avoiding death is somewhere in the middle and at the end, he faces the ultimate price. Based heavily on the author's real life experiences working on Radio Caroline, this is a tale of love, hate, fear, joy, betrayal, guns, sex, drugs and rock n roll; they all play a part in The Last Great Adventure for Boys.
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Jul 19, 2014Bob has very cleverly used the novel style to tell his story and thereby manages to avoid any legal challenges! I had great fun translating the names used into the book - There are some obvious ones. Then less obvious ones such as Pete who sounds remarkably similar to a well known Caroline character of the time. Others are described by their familiar names such as Robb Eden, Rusty and "the Old Man". Some are composite characters. There are also characters of authority such as Detective Sargents Andrew Stevenson and Colin Masters, Detective Constable Brian Harrison and Constable Kevin Wright as well as 'Osbourne' from the DTI. For those of you who came close to such figures of authority at the time you can work those out for yourself! Amusingly one of the tenders is called the "Fortunate Woman" a clear play on the name Lucky Lady that many will remember from trips to and from Brightlingsea in years gone by. It starts off as a very interesting read and if you know... More > the 'real' story you'll appreciate that Bob has told this very much as a representation of what actually happened. The plot develops and we can see much of the real background to the Radio Delmare and Radio Mi Amigo 272 episodes developing as twists in the tale. I very much enjoyed the book. It was a 'can't put down read' for me. The story came to an unexpected conclusion rather suddenly (I won't spoil the plot here) and that was, for me, a bit of a shame. Nonetheless please don't be put off. If you read this as if Bob is telling 'his' story (which I suspect is what he really intends), then it gives you a fascinating insight into his time on the Mi Amigo and how he saw things through his, then, much younger eyes. I have always been a fan of Bob's style and was an avid listener to Richard Thompson's programmes on Caroline so it's great to re-live that time. It is an interesting different angle from which to write the story and avoids some of the problems others may have had in wanting to tell what actually happened without getting themselves into deep water. No self respecting late 70's Caroline fan should be without this one - it certainly has a well deserved place on my bookshelf and as a pre-production signed copy perhaps it is now a collectors. Perhaps it also contains some things that won't appear in the final version! I look forward to further reviews.< Less
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- The Radio Production Company Limited (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- The Radio Production Company
- July 14, 2014
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.25 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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