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It's time, Mikey Cleary decides at the age of very nearly twelve, to put away childish things. He is a bright boy from a working class, Anglo-Irish family in nineteen-sixties London who wants to understand what's going on around him. But he lives in a confusion of worlds, each with its own senseless rules and bizarre inhabitants. Why does police constable 'Killer' Wells chas It's time, Mikey Cleary decides at the age of very nearly twelve, to put away childish things. He is a bright boy from a working class, Anglo-Irish family in nineteen-sixties London who wants to understand what's going on around him. But he lives in a confusion of worlds, each with its own senseless rules and bizarre inhabitants. Why does police constable 'Killer' Wells chase Jim the Bookie and never catch him? Why won't Mikey's father talk about the War? The streets around Mikey's house were flattened by the German bombers just twenty years before. Everyone else goes on about the War all the time, but Mikey's dad won't talk about it; he won't even tell his son how he won his gold medal. How should he react to the Paki family that's moved into the street, or the black man working with his brothers? Why is Mrs McCrossley, tone deaf, maybe stone deaf, and exuding old lady fumes, teaching Music Appreciation at the London Oratory School for Bewildered Boys? Mikey's most pressing problem is his lack of interest in girls. Everyone else he knows is obsessed with them, but Mikey hasn't the faintest glimmer of curiosity: he can take them or leave them, truth be told. Penny for the Guy Mr Olivier is a warm and humorous coming-of-age romp through the streets of South London, across the stage at the Old Vic theatre, over the River and up West to Mikey's snooty school in South Kensington. Mikey meets a cast of characters not only at the Old Vic, where Peter O'Toole plays a reluctant Hamlet in Laurence Olivier's production, but on the streets outside, as his friends and neighbours act out their dramas of everyday life and love. Mikey confronts issues of sexuality and racism, and he learns the value of family, loyalty and community. approx 90,000 words.


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It's time, Mikey Cleary decides at the age of very nearly twelve, to put away childish things. He is a bright boy from a working class, Anglo-Irish family in nineteen-sixties London who wants to understand what's going on around him. But he lives in a confusion of worlds, each with its own senseless rules and bizarre inhabitants. Why does police constable 'Killer' Wells chas It's time, Mikey Cleary decides at the age of very nearly twelve, to put away childish things. He is a bright boy from a working class, Anglo-Irish family in nineteen-sixties London who wants to understand what's going on around him. But he lives in a confusion of worlds, each with its own senseless rules and bizarre inhabitants. Why does police constable 'Killer' Wells chase Jim the Bookie and never catch him? Why won't Mikey's father talk about the War? The streets around Mikey's house were flattened by the German bombers just twenty years before. Everyone else goes on about the War all the time, but Mikey's dad won't talk about it; he won't even tell his son how he won his gold medal. How should he react to the Paki family that's moved into the street, or the black man working with his brothers? Why is Mrs McCrossley, tone deaf, maybe stone deaf, and exuding old lady fumes, teaching Music Appreciation at the London Oratory School for Bewildered Boys? Mikey's most pressing problem is his lack of interest in girls. Everyone else he knows is obsessed with them, but Mikey hasn't the faintest glimmer of curiosity: he can take them or leave them, truth be told. Penny for the Guy Mr Olivier is a warm and humorous coming-of-age romp through the streets of South London, across the stage at the Old Vic theatre, over the River and up West to Mikey's snooty school in South Kensington. Mikey meets a cast of characters not only at the Old Vic, where Peter O'Toole plays a reluctant Hamlet in Laurence Olivier's production, but on the streets outside, as his friends and neighbours act out their dramas of everyday life and love. Mikey confronts issues of sexuality and racism, and he learns the value of family, loyalty and community. approx 90,000 words.

18 review for Hamlet and Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This book had the best opening I have ever read. Plot, mechanics, etc., were good. I traveled London with Mikey Cleary for awhile. He and most of his family were scoundrels. Even one priest and a few cops gave a wink and a nod. Through Mikey I met Sir Lawrence Olivier and Peter O'Toole. Richard Burton was out of the country at the time. We were bookies and thieves. We roamed London picking pockets and receiving rewards for alerting good citizens whose pockets had just been picked by rival pickpo This book had the best opening I have ever read. Plot, mechanics, etc., were good. I traveled London with Mikey Cleary for awhile. He and most of his family were scoundrels. Even one priest and a few cops gave a wink and a nod. Through Mikey I met Sir Lawrence Olivier and Peter O'Toole. Richard Burton was out of the country at the time. We were bookies and thieves. We roamed London picking pockets and receiving rewards for alerting good citizens whose pockets had just been picked by rival pickpockets. We were altar boys, skit writers for Guy FawkesDay, runners, schemers and fast talkers. We even cut our long, curly eyelashes. Good read, Mr. Hogan 4-21-14 Did I miss something important in the title of this book that would involve William Faulkner, T. S. Eliot, Sir Lawrence Olivier and a Shakespear play? I think I mentioned the Guy Fawkes connection. 11-13-17. On re-read I rated the book five stars on Amazon. The words by Peter O'Toole to Mikey while they waited for O'Toole's HAMLET performance were some of the best I ever read. Thank you, Mr. Hogan, for giving them to me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Demetrius Sherman

    The book begins with a boy as typical as we all were—hiding nudie magazines under the bed and getting into trouble. The boy is a bright quick thinker—a trait that comes in handy when coppers appear. He’s worried about puberty, and happy with features the girls might like. This boy has a secret life in the world of gambling Mike Hogan does an excellent job of putting us into the boy’s world and creates a page turner in doing so. We ask ourselves; what will happen to this lad as the world and his The book begins with a boy as typical as we all were—hiding nudie magazines under the bed and getting into trouble. The boy is a bright quick thinker—a trait that comes in handy when coppers appear. He’s worried about puberty, and happy with features the girls might like. This boy has a secret life in the world of gambling Mike Hogan does an excellent job of putting us into the boy’s world and creates a page turner in doing so. We ask ourselves; what will happen to this lad as the world and his life changes? Reading A penny for the Guy Mr. Oliver will bring back your youth with all its wonderful and poignant experiences. .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Martyn

    I found this book to be a great fun read. It was also a wonderful trip down memory lane being set in 1960's London particularly the personalities who make appearances like Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Sid James and many more. The central character Mikey is very believable torn between his family, the church and lots of shady goings on with his mates. I highly recommend Penny for the Guy Mr Oliver and hope there is a sequel with further adventures of Mikey. I found this book to be a great fun read. It was also a wonderful trip down memory lane being set in 1960's London particularly the personalities who make appearances like Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Sid James and many more. The central character Mikey is very believable torn between his family, the church and lots of shady goings on with his mates. I highly recommend Penny for the Guy Mr Oliver and hope there is a sequel with further adventures of Mikey.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Laher.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

  6. 4 out of 5

    Richard Plaza II

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Ruffle

  8. 4 out of 5

    Henry

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kasane Teto

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hope Dee

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo Notary

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mike Hogan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bradshaw

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bill Koller Koller

  18. 4 out of 5

    June Jowers

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