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    Penguin Modern Classics: The Orchid Trilogy

    By: Jocelyn Brooke

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    'The Military Orchid', 'A Mine Of Serpents', 'The Goosecathedral'.

    Flowers and fireworks, botany and pyrotechny: these were the twin passions of a delicate, sensitive boy growing up before the Great War. Part memoir, part imaginative re-creation, these novels evoke a tranquil England where orchids grew wild and undiscovered and a young boy's dreams and disappointments were as simple and moving as a guinea box of fireworks.

    From the mellow Kentish villages of his boyhood, to the brusque masculinity of the army, by way of painful years at prep school and Oxford, Jocelyn Brooke beautifully captures the torment and the delight of being a constant outsider.

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