Arthur C Clarke with family group, c 1929. Arthur Charles Clarke (b 1917) was to become a leading science fiction writer, following a period of work in scientific research. Here Arthur (top), is shown with his mother, Mrs Mary 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, Charles Wright Clarke, was ailing from war wounds. Mrs Clarke and her two eldest sons had to work hard on the farm to make ends meet. Photograph by George James Sr.
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