Glimpses of a Floating World

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1963, and panic about the spread of heroin addiction in London. While scandals like the Profumo and Challenor cases are exposing the dark underbelly of post-war Britain, a teenage heroin and cocaine addict undergoes a cold turkey. His escape from custody triggers a chain of events which ends in murder and mayhem.

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Published: Aug. 09, 2009
Words: 103,220
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452302119
About Larry Harrison

Larry Harrison started life as a cowman and yak keeper for the Tibetan Buddhist community at Karma Kagyu Samye Ling, in Dumfriesshire. After working his way up to the post of assistant dairyman on a commercial Ayrshire herd, he left Scotland in 1975 to work with disadvantaged children at London’s Clapham Junction. Larry became surprisingly good at persuading children not to stand on the railway tracks at Earlsfield Station, and he was able to talk them down from rooftops in Battersea, without them bombarding passers-by with slates. To this day, Larry is relieved that he was able to negotiate the release of everyone held hostage by Barry in the school unit. The Parks Department should not have left an axe unattended within sight of the building, and had Barry not been so amenable, the outcome could have been a good deal worse. (Thanks, Baz. What fun we had! Sorry to hear you were done last year for kidnapping that Assistant Governor on D Wing.) During Larry’s subsequent career, as a university researcher on alcohol and drug problems, he wrote Tobacco Battered, a BBC Radio 4 feature, and over fifty journal articles, academic books and book chapters. He was appointed Reader in Addiction Studies at the University of Hull, long a centre of excellence in problem drinking, before retiring to the East Yorkshire countryside to make cider and write fiction. Glimpses of a Floating World is his first novel.

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Review by: Marion Stein on Jan. 31, 2010 : star star star star star
Reads like a lost classic and puts to rest the myth that important literature is only available on store shelves.
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Review by: Marcella O'Connor on Nov. 09, 2009 : star star star star star
Finally, a book that strips the myth the from the '60s and tells the truth about a misunderstood decade.
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Review by: Anne Lyken-Garner on Sep. 06, 2009 : star star star star star
Just as addictive as the subject matter it covers. A compelling journey in the form of pages.
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Review by: Dan Holloway on Sep. 04, 2009 : star star star star star
This is a haunting, poetic account of subjecty matter that has no right to be this beautiful. Utterly wonderful
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