Tasting the Thunder
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The illustration on our cover is taken from Think of an Eel, Karen Wallace, ill. Mike Bostock, published by Walker (0 7445 2250 1, £6.99) - see the article 'Facts... With the Freshness of Fiction' for more about this book and others in the 'Read and Wonder' series. We are grateful to Walker Books for their help in using this illustration.
I'm glad I didn't overlook this short, fast, rites-of-passage novel that balances aggression and excitement with wisdom. There's a rough unedifying underbelly of cynical exploitation at the centre of the book's scrutiny where the 16-year-old runaway learns '...all about life and sex and what it is to be a man'. The tuition is painful in this very masculine read that deserves promotion.