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Tunes of Glory Household Ghosts Silence Introduced by Gavin Wallace. This volume collects three of the very best works by James Kennaway, the brilliant young novelist and screenwriter who tragically died in a car crash at the early age of forty. Memorably filmed with Alec Guinness and John Mills, Tunes of Glory is a grippingly dramatic exploration of the glamour and the brutality of post-war army life as the tensions and conflicts in the officers’ mess of a Highland regiment lead to shame and tragedy. Household Ghosts is a claustrophobic tale of family tension, love triangles and the persistence of the past—one of Kennaway’s favourite themes. Set in a country house in Scotland the book is haunted, like the privileged family it describes, by the ghosts of Scotland’s own turbulent history. Taken from completed drafts on the author’s desk, Silence tells of the accidental meeting and the complex union between a white man and a black woman in times of racial tension and sexual violence. Set in a North American city in midwinter Kennaway’s last and brilliantly succinct novel expands into a universal allegory of suffering and death. ‘[Tunes of Glory is] . . . a beautifully executed tragedy of continuing relevance.’ Marshall Walker ‘A restless, extraordinary talent...’ F.R. Hart in The Scottish Novel ‘A major writer.’ Magnus Magnusson

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