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The Otterbury Incident (Puffin Books) Paperback – Illustrated, 27 Aug 1970

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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (27 Aug. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140301631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140301632
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read this book some 30 years ago, its memory lingered on. Then I had a chance to read it again to children, I enjoyed every word of it and so did they. The story is a good example of how books of yesteryear were written, the style of writing, the words used, description of the spivs accurately portrayed the post war years. Short easy read book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By welshdave on 10 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
An absolute classic, beats Harry Potter every day (I am a fan of Harry Potter and JK Rowling) but this was a book that I read in the late 70's, just after my Father died and as a young lad this was everything I wanted, old fashioned standards, good friendships, rallying against the bad guys. Although set in the post war period this story translates to the modern era and in the style of Harry P, sets the good guys against the bad and right will out at the end. I recently re-read this after I helped my Mother to move house and rediscovered my box of books in the attic, this in my early 40's and I have read it to my children who loved it.

If you haven't read it yet, do so. Well constructed, well paced and good old-fashioned adventure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
One of my favourite books of all time.
When comparing the sheer quality of the writing in this book - the style, the metre, the readability - with that of the most successful childrens authors of today, one cannot help but feel disappointed with current offerings.
Have a bash at this one, it won't take long to read but every page will be a pleasure.
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The Otterbury Incident really is a charming book. It begins strongly, with the two gangs of schoolboys from King's School doing battle over the Otterbury Incident, a bombsite in the middle of the town. The kids show wonderful camaraderie and imagination as they play their game of war, and I thought from the start that I was going to love it.

Shortly after that comes the matter of raising of the £4 14s. 6d for the broken window, and I didn't find that so thrilling. Fortunately that's not the focus of the plot, and as the blurb of my copy reads, "The plan went smoothly and soon the money had been collected. But that's just the beginning of the story. It's what happened after that that makes exciting - and surprising - reading." It's amazing what a group of boys can achieve if they work together and have some communication, and although most of their actions are probably unwelcome by the community they do make an entertaining story.

Imagination, camaraderie, mystery, distrust, and detection. As long as you don't mind (or especially if you enjoy...) the `jolly's and shillings of slightly dated English this book is definitely worth a read.
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This is a wonderful and charming book that is beautifully descriptive of post war Britain. The story is about two rival gangs who join together to help one of their number raise money to pay for a broken school window. The story is a simple yet interesting tale that illustrates the lives, values, hopes and dreams of young teenagers at the time. Lewis weaves the components together with rare skill - his writing is absolutely superb. His characters seem so real that you can only feel a natural and powerful empathy for them. He also injects real pace into the book which this builds into a crescendo of dramatic action when thieves steal the money that the boys have raised. The book isn't long, so is an easy read. It is somewhat dated now, but a worthwhile book that any young lad will enjoy. All in all, this a jewel in the crown of British literature, a simple tale, brilliantly told.
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This is the type of book I adore. It has pace, it has style and above all a story worth reading about. In fact its post war descriptions are great and give a flavour of the time and the characters of the era. I did not find it dated, given its time point. The kids loved it as much as anything newer. I read it as a child, but that being a very long time ago, it was enjoyed again!
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