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Introduction by TG

Marine Ices is an ice cream parlour and Italian restaurant in Chalk Farm, London. Now under new management, for many years it was run by branches of the same family, its warm, unpretentious atmosphere attracting whole families, young lovers and impecunious students.

For generations it was, possibly still is, a neighbourhood institution.
For the characters in “Marine Ices” it is a setting for sexual attraction, breakups and family
celebrations.

The action begins in the 60s and moves to contemporary Britain. It is a study not so much of political movements but of personalities and why those personalities are drawn to particular political stances and movements. The Left is made up of people who talk past each other, not because their analysis is different, but because their temperaments collide. This complicates families and friendships.

All you need is love, according to The Beatles.
Is it?

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