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The illustration on our cover this month is by GeorgeUnderwood. It is from Geoffrey Trease's latest book, Fire in the Wind, published by Pan Macmillan, to whom we are grateful for help in using this illustration. Details of the book are given in our Authorgraph.
Orfe is an odd mixture of fantasy and reality. The main character, a rock musician and latter-day Orpheus, must rescue her lover, Yuri, from returning to the drug-dependence he has fought to overcome. The story is told by a self-effacing narrator, Enny, whose uncritical admiration for Orfe is partly explained by a contrived accident in the last-but-one chapter. Although the 'druggies' and the threat they pose remain shadowy, as befits the 'Underworld' theme, Cynthia Voigt's main characters are always individuals; Orfe's and Yuri's love story is set against a background very different from those she usually chooses.