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Run for Your Life (New Windmills) Hardcover – 8 Sep 1975


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (8 Sep 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435122088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435122089
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
Without a doubt this was my favourite book when I was a lad, and I still treasure my tattered old copy. David Line was the psuedonym of Lionel Davidson, still a well respected novellist. It's the story of Soldier and Woolcott, two lads who witness a murder, and have to go on the run. I particularly liked the bit where they wander through the Norfolk countryside in the snow. It used to keep me on the edge of my seat. The story is so well written and fast moving, I'm sure it will be as popular today as it was in the 70's, when it was filmed for the BBC as Soldier and Me. There was a sequel, "Mike and Me" which was not as good but worth hunting out in the 2nd hand stores. If you can find a copy, "Under Plum Lake" by the same author is a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fish on Legs on 5 Aug 2004
Format: Hardcover
I've had this book since it was re-printed in 1976 (having originally been written in 1965), and actually re-read it last night.
I loved this book when I was in my early teens - I saw the TV series made from it - and was pleased to see when I looked it up out of curiosity that not only is it still in print but the cover illustration is the same! I won't precis the story (although some of the reviews listed seem to be for a book with the same title but a different plot to mine!), but it's a well-written book, the central characters are honest without being unrealistic or saintly and come from an era when the Iron Curtain and the Cold War were very real things; there were twelve pennies to a shilling, twenty shillings to a pound; small boys still wore school caps and shorts in winter - and collected car registration numbers (I remember my brother doing this)!
Reading it brought the 1960s back to me as they were rather than as a packaged TV "I love the 60s" mish which gives the impression that everyone wore loon pants and false eyelashes and rolled about on shagpile carpets.
And the message in it about good and bad being shades of grey is still as true forty years on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Louise Meakin on 25 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
i remeber this book vividly, when i was about 13 the beloved Mrs Francis read this out to the class, it was so good that i still remeber the excitement and fear i felt at the very mention of "smiler".
for years i had forgoten the name of the book, then once, while seeking careers advice from Mrs Francis i spotted the book on the table!
this is a perfect example of a book that transcends ages. When i read this it was at time when already everything was computer orientated. It just goes to show that 40 years after the story was written it is still entertaining and valuable to children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Price on 15 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. I read this so many times as a kid that I have lost count. The images it evokes and the genre are such that it is worthy of a read. I owned two copies of this book and have managed to lose them both over the years, so I have to buy yet another copy. I fully recommend this book to adults because they will be able to associate what is happening with the times of the early 80's in the UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
My Dad gave me this book to read about ten years ago. I have recently read it again asit is so good. The main characters are two lads in their teens, who get caught up with the wrong crowd and end up having to go on the run. Written in 1975, David Line has written a few more like this.
A definate recommendation.
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By Graham Robertson on 25 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Classic children's tale - timeless themes. Book arrived as described and in good condition. Currently out of print, so a good opportunity to buy.
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