Arthur C(harles) Clarke (b 1917) was to become a leading science fiction writer, following a period of work in scientific research. Here, Arthur (top) is depicted with his mother, Mrs Nora Clarke (nee Willis), his sister Mary and his brothers Fred (left) and Michael. They are outdoors at Ballifants, the family farm in Somerset. At this time, the father was ailing from injuries sustained during the war. Mrs Clarke and her two eldest sons had to work hard on the farm to make ends meet. photograph by George James Sr, circa 1929

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