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When David's mother is killed in the Blitz he moves to a new life in Lancashire with his young aunt Jean. As he watches the adult world around him, a fighter pilot wakes to discover his brutal disfigurement in a world he neither recognises nor remembers. The fragile link between the man and the boy as each experiences his own painful rite of passage is movely described in this powerful and evocative novel.

Reviews

This short intense study of character and identity is, as one has come to expect from this fine poet, studded with precise but magical notations of the everyday world

Sunday Times

It's his Golding-esque way with males stuck in and fighting their way out of tight corners that grants this rite-of-passage novel its special magnetism

Observer

Superb...a novel of special quality

Evening Standard

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  • Paperback

    9780099748502

    March 4, 1991

    Vintage

    128 pages

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