Martin Longmate in "All Clear"

7: The Russian House (June '45), Killing Time (July '45), The Hide (August '45)

6: Plan of Attack (April '44); Broken Souls (October '44); All Clear (May '45)

5: Bleak Midwinter (Dec '42); Casualties of War (March '43)

4: Invasion (April '42); Bad Blood (Aug '42)

Martin Longmate in "All Clear"

Postby HarrietVane » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:20 am

I wonder if Martin Longmate, the baddie in "All Clear," was named after Norman Longmate, author of How We Lived Then: a History of Everyday Life during the Second World War. Specifically, I wonder if AH had a much-consulted copy of that book and wanted to say goodbye (or so he thought) to the period by giving the author's name to a murderer.
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Re: Martin Longmate in "All Clear"

Postby Samfan » Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:34 am

I wondered that myself--if He was named after Norman Longmate. AH did consult that book.

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Re: Martin Longmate in "All Clear"

Postby Anglophile » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:18 am

I bet you're right. AH has been known to use Dickensian naming methods...he must have been REALLY sick of that book.

A few of his secondary characters seemed to have been named after towns in Sussex: Edith Ashford, Elizabeth Lewes...
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