The Julian Stories
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The illustration on our cover for this issue is by Gary Chalk and is taken from the cover of Flight from the Dark the first book in the new Lone Wolf fantasy role-playing adventure by Joe Dever. (Sparrow, 0 09 935890 5, £l.50). We are most grateful to Sparrow Books for help in using this illustration.
A delightful collection: six finely-written stories which tell of the lives of two little black boys. Homely events are caught perfectly and the writer's special gift is in showing how the fantastic and the magical are rooted in the ordinary workaday. The boys' relationship with each other, with their father, with their friends are unfolded with care. The very titles of the episodes. 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and 'Because of Figs' (a miniature masterpiece) give you the flavour of the lilting, poetic style of the writing. Lovely pictures, too: one not to be missed.