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Laugh! It's the British Raj (Book Review)

Laugh! It�s the British Raj − (Book review)
Wee Charlie�s World,
by Bryce McBryce
(Danpress adult fiction, 196pp, isbn 0959063048)

Review by Cathy Macleod

Long ago, when Britain ruled the world, its military families regularly confounded the War Office. And thereby lies a hilarious scenario, from which author Bryce McBryce has created the funniest fiction I�ve read since . . . well, since I can remember.

In one far fortress defending the Indian Ocean, the Commanding Officer declares a brat named Charlie to be a worse distraction than militant Japan. It�s the eve of WW2, the British Raj at its glorious peak.

The boy�s father is a lowly sergeant, his mum a long suffering army wife, and their blimpish Colonel ever seeks promotion to higher rank.

Wee Charlie, innocently battling Life�s monsters, has his own world where adults intrude in ways he can�t understand. On the troopship he ignites a �brat overboard� crisis, in the colony he pollutes the convent�s holy water, in the fort he�s haunted by Wellington�s ghost, as a Boy Scout, sworn to be helpful at all times, he helps an enemy spy. And so on. Such mirthful situations abound.

Charlie�s quest to understand the world provides chuckles, nostalgia and a bit of philosophy. As this kid puts it: �The hardest thing to learn is people.�

I particularly liked this book because there is purpose to the humour. When one isolates the human factors, as McBryce does, the world since then hasn�t really changed at all. This is a five-star delight. You�ll find extracts at www.amazon.co.uk and www.booktaste.com

Happy reading from cathy.macleod@optusnet.com.au

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Cathy Macleod

Cathy Macleod specialises in reviewing smallpress fiction and self-published authors. Her website is http://www.booktaste.com


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