When David's mother is killed in the Blitz he moves to a new life in Lancashire with his young aunt Jean. As he watches the adult world around him, a fighter pilot wakes to discover his brutal disfigurement in a world he neither recognises nor remembers. The fragile link between the man and the boy as each experiences his own painful rite of passage is movely described in this powerful and evocative novel.
This short intense study of character and identity is, as one has come to expect from this fine poet, studded with precise but magical notations of the everyday world
It's his Golding-esque way with males stuck in and fighting their way out of tight corners that grants this rite-of-passage novel its special magnetism
Superb...a novel of special quality