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'A superb achievement: his prose has instant, lucid beauty and his narrative voice has a perfect poise and certainty. His account of deprivation and survival is marvellously sure, and the imaginative alignment of his story is exactly right' - Tom Paulin

In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves...

Reviews

Darkly impressive

The Times

Marvellously creates the atmosphere of youngsters given that instant adulthood they all crave, where the ordinary takes on a mysterious glow and the extraordinary seems rather commonplace. It is difficult to fault the writing or the construction of this eerie fable

Sunday Times

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  • EBook

    9781409090052

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    160 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099755111

    July 4, 1997

    Vintage

    144 pages

    RRP $28.99

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