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Leslie Thomas's classic autobiography, with a new introduction, reissued to coincide with his 75th year

With a new introduction written especially for this edition, Arrow Books are proud to be reissuing Leslie Thomas's classic autobiography in time for his 75th year. An author whose booksales number in the millions, this is a funny, warm, bittersweet and moving memoir.
Beginning with his early childhood in South Wales, Thomas describes his early life, that of a Barnardos boy, with poetic warmth and humour. When then follow him through his hilarious antics as an apprentice on a local newspaper and his two years of National Service, which became the basis of his bestselling novel, THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS. Within these pages are poverty, affluence, a terrible murder, divorce, sadness and a great deal of laughter.
IN MY WILDEST DREAMS is a lyrical, human, tearful and sometimes uproarious book. And with the new introduction, bringing us up to date, this is a wonderful story of one of Britain's best-loved writers, and a classic autobiography.


'Truly exciting'

Daily Mail

'Splendidly conveys...compassion, excitement, entertainment'

Evening Standard

Vividly readable... Leslie Thomas is one of nature's life enchancers

Sunday Express

A fine storyteller

Sunday Telegraph

'Scenes rivalling the best of D. H. Lawrence'

Daily Telegraph

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    September 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

    544 pages

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    July 15, 2006


    544 pages

    RRP $19.99

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