Song for a Tattered Flag
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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.
Even such recent history as this may not be part of young readers' memories, but the images of the overthrow of the Ceausescus in Romania are still vivid in my mind and Trease skilfully shows the way fiction can get inside documentary fact in a way that gives it powerful new life. The brooding sense of fear, the enormous bravery of people resisting that fear and then the bullets, is very well conveyed. There's marvellous sense of relief and release as the Ceausescus are removed from power. Hindsight makes the happy ending of fiction seem shallow, but it's an excellent book.