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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.
Barry Faville writes with assurance and humour, vividly evoking his New Zealand setting and creating an intelligent and likeable first-person narrator. Robbie takes a gardening job for elderly Stanley, finding him at first fascinating and later repellant; when she finds out what he keeps in his aquarium and what he plans to do with them, the book takes on a thrillerish twist without losing its sharp insight into character and relationships. Unusual and compelling.