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This month our cover features The Wheel of Surya (see Authorgraph for details), with artwork by Caroline Binch. The paperback of Jamila Gavin’s book was published by Mammoth in July 1994 and we’re most grateful to them for their help in using this illustration.
A bleakly satirical record of a family day out at the zoo. The text might have been written by an articulate 10-year-old recording the experience in school the following Monday morning; the impact of the book is, of course, in the juxtaposition of this dry and dutiful account with Browne's ultra realistic pictures, which reveal the oafishness, ugliness and asininity of the human observers, alongside the majestic despair of the caged beasts. A very sad book, but essential reading.