Jackdaw Cake: An Autobiography by Norman Lewis

By Norman Lewis

With dry, laconic wit, Norman Lewis recollects his transformation from stammering Welsh schoolboy to worldy clever, multilingual sergeant within the Intelligence Corps, at the cusp of turning into a author. With a relaxed, observant gaze from the beginning, the younger Norman strikes from Spiritualist mom and dad in Enfield to reside with supremely dotty aunts in Carmarthen, whose baking of a weekly cake to feed the jackdaws supplies the publication its name. Escaping his eccentric relations via marrying the daughter of a Sicilian affiliate of the Mafia, Norman made a residing as a marriage photographer and by means of dealing in cameras, whereas restoring and racing Bugattis for excitement. right here we see his first trips in Spain, Cuba and the Yemen and a wartime spent in Algeria, Sicily and Italy, all of which acted as an apprenticeship for his occupation as one of many 20th century's maximum shuttle writers.

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