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A novel written for adults, but best understood for children
on 23 August 2000
A masterpiece in which Susan Hill tells a story that has always been a reality for so many young people. Reflecting back on my time studying this book at GCSE level over five years ago, I'm overcome with emotion every time I flick throughout the pages and remember the emotional torture that each of the two boys are subjected to by parents that are too wrapped up in self-interest to foresee that inevitable tragedy that occurs as Kingshaw escapes the cruelty of circumstance.
A masterpiece comparable to 'Lord of the Flies' and perhaps even 'Catcher in the Rye'. As an adult, understood fully, this book will serve to remind you, or make you more aware of the despair that is felt by children when love is subtly overshadowed by selfish intentions.
Children might relate to the trauma experienced by the young characters and be comforted by the fact that more often than not, they are right in perceiving that parents don't understand.
My thanks to Susan Hill for showing me how a novel is more than words and paper, and giving me the gift of literature.