You Can't Do Both, Paperback Book

You Can't Do Both Paperback

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Robin Davies knows how to look after number one. Raised in a bland suburb of South London in the 1930s, Robin longs for the freedom to do what he wants.

When he escapes to study in Oxford, he meets Nancy Bennett, a young woman even less worldly than himself.

As Robin stumbles through his rites of passage to adulthood, involving rebellion, self-discovery, sex, war, seduction and the threat of commitment, we come to realise just how far he will go to have his cake and eat it.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099461029

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I found this a bit of a tedious read because of the unsympathetic protagonist, Robin Davies, who grows up in the thirties in a London suburb.<br/>It's a coming of age novel about someone who never really engages properly with anyone and always looks after himself.<br/>2.5 stars

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