Fanfare for a Teenage Warrior in Love
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The poem on our front cover is taken from Figgie Hobbin by Charles Causley, with illustrations by Gerald Rose, re-issued by Macmillan (0 333 12078 7, £7.50) in May 1990. Figgie Hobbin was first published in 1970 and has remained in print ever since. We are grateful to Macmillan for help in using this illustration.
When Tom becomes involved in an Inter-School Discussion Group, his unscrupulous friend Taff sees an opportunity for money-making by taking bets on the outcome. Tom, however, finds that the discussions provoke consideration of his attitudes to life, love, the Universe and Everything. Although his pantheistic awakening at the end of the book is somewhat laboured, Tom's characterisation as a thoughtful boy who wants to keep up with his mates will strike chords with many teenagers.