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ISBN: 9780857042477
AUTHOR: Andrew Norman
Lawrence of Arabia's Cloud Hill
Lawrence of Arabia's Cloud Hill
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When T.E. Lawrence joined the Royal Tank Corps at Bovington in Dorset in spring 1923, he was a disillusioned and damaged individual and anxious to discard his previous persona of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.

By chance, he came across a former woodman’s cottage, then in disrepair, and set about making it a home.

At first he regarded ‘Clouds Hill’ merely as a pied-à-terre, but subsequently described it as ‘an earthly paradise’. It was here that he slowly recovered his health and strength (though his recovery was not without incident), made enduring friendships with Thomas and Florence Hardy, fellow ‘tankies’ from Bovington, and artists and men of letters who travelled to Dorset to seek him out.

At Clouds Hill he recaptured the joy of living, established his library of books, listened to the music of Sir Edward Elgar on his gramophone, and sped along the lanes on his now famous motorcycle ‘Boanerges’, until the day on which he made his last, fateful journey.

Andrew Norman explores the personality of this endlessly fascinating figure – a giant of history yet a significantly flawed man – and the impact that this peaceful corner of England had on his unquiet soul.

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Midsomer Norton Grammar School, Somerset, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary.

He has two children, Bridget and Thomas, by his first wife. From 1972-83, Andrew worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career.

He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Francis Drake, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Charles Darwin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Mugabe. Andrew was remarried to Rachel in 2005.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 247 7, hardback, 210x148mm, 128 pages. Published October 2014. Reprinted August 2019.

A Brummie Boy Goes to WarA Brummie Boy Goes to War - £12.99
Andrew Norman's remarkable biography of Thomas Waldin, a 19-year-old from a working class area of Birmingham, blinded in the first months of the First World War, who became an early patient at St Dunstan's and his ultimate battle to achieve "victory over blindness". A journey through the unimaginable horror of the trenches to a poignant contrast in the supreme courage and determination of one who survived it.
Thomas Hardy: Behind the Inscrutable SmileThomas Hardy: Behind the Inscrutable Smile - £7.95
The purpose of this deeply insightful book by Andrew Norman is to pierce the veil of secrecy which Hardy drew deliberately over his private life. Through a careful investigation of Hardy's psychology and his writings, his novels and his poetry, and his sometimes traumatic relationships, Andrew Norman discovers the true Thomas Hardy - the man behind the inscrutable smile!
Purbeck PersonalitiesPurbeck Personalities - £12.99
Each of the personalities highlighted helped to create, in his or her unique way, the threads, of which the colourful tapestry of Purbeck is woven. In recounting their varied lives, Dorset author Andrew Norman conjours up a fascinating galaxy of personalities to illuminate the history of this most characterful corner of England.
By Swords DividedBy Swords Divided - £5.95
Andrew Norman recounts a thrilling story of the siege of Corfe Castle during the English Civil War.
DunshayDunshay - £6.95
Every old house has a story to tell, but Dunshay Manor in South Dorset has a more fascinating one than most as this fascinating book by Andrew Norman reveals.
Thomas Hardy Christmas CarollingsThomas Hardy Christmas Carollings - £6.95
This is the story of Thomas Hardy and of Christmas; of what that greatest of all Christian festivals meant to him, and of how his beliefs changed as the years progressed. A fascinating book by Andrew Norman.
Tyneham A Tribute (h/b)Tyneham A Tribute (h/b) - £12.99
Andrew Norman has gathered the recollections one of the tyneham evacuees, HelenTaylor - a seamstress at Tyneham House - to help present a vivid portrait of what had been a thriving community, which now lives in the hearts of those who sacrificed their homes for their country.
The Story of George LovelessThe Story of George Loveless - £12.99
Andrew Norman has delved deep to reveal the truth about this important historical figure, the acknowledged leader of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. By painstaking research, not only in the United Kingdom but also in Canada and Australia, it is now possible to reveal many, hitherto, unpublished details about George Loveless’s life.
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