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White Blood

by James Fleming

White Blood
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    Jan 2007, 368 pages
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    Sep 2008, 368 pages

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James Fleming was born in London in 1944, the fourth in a family of nine children. His education began with a governess, Miss Malins, who "wielded power via a thick, blue oval crayon that would be jabbed into our ribs if ever we faltered." At the age of eight he was sent to boarding school at Abberley Hall. He got into Oxford "by a whisker" and gained a second in Modern History. On graduation, he became an articled clerk (trainee accountant) and went to work with Angus & Robertson, an Australian publisher with an office in London.

Since the age of 10 he had been interested in being a writer, and during his twenties had experimented with three...

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