Mum's Winning Streak
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On the front of BfK this month is the cover of On Christmas Eve by Peter Collington - see his accompanying piece in this issue. The book was published by Heinemann (the paperback version is now available) and the animated film will be shown on TV at Christmas - all details are given at the foot of Peter Collington's delightful double-page spread. We thank Heinemann for their help in using this illustration.
A cautionary tale about a compulsive competitor whose dreams of victory inflict a nightmare on her family. Angie's mum's obsession fills the house with tin cans stripped of their labels and mountains of useless prizes, but these irritations are as nothing compared to the catastrophe which hits the family when she wins an evening out with her favourite film star. This repulsively decrepit parasite infests their home like a disease, teaching ngie the attractions of ruthlessness. Much of the charm of this book derives from the cruelty which spikes its humour, though justice and compassion are nicely balanced at the conclusion.