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In Praise of Alistair MacLean and the Male Romance

Sunday 10:50 GMT

As soon as the daring rescue was done, I ransacked my brother’s room and discovered an entire cache of Alistair MacLean.

Years later, I understood that these were in fact romance novels for boys, which means very little romance and lots of danger, complicated weaponry and battle-forged camaraderie. In between bouts of wheezing, I devoured one after the other: “South by Java Head,” “When Eight Bells Toll,” “The Guns of Navarone,” “Night Without End,” “Ice Station Zebra” and, my favorite, “The Golden Rendezvous.”


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