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Collision Course (Puffin Books) Paperback – 27 Mar 1980

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (27 Mar. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140311696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140311693
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,499,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stunning and brilliant moving book" Selina Hastings, The Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nigel Hinton was born in London and educated at Dulwich College. He is the author of over twenty books and short stories and has written for TV, film, radio and theatre. Prior to his career as a writer, he worked in advertising and as a teacher, during which time he wrote his first novel for teenagers. Aside from writing, Nigel’s interests include playing the guitar and the ukulele, walking, bird watching, cycling, music, movies, drawing and supporting Charlton Athletic Football Club through thick and thin. He is married and lives in East Sussex. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I have read this book so many times, that it seems that it really happened to me. When you finish the book you always ask your self what you would have done in his position. It is a gripping read and a book you just can't put down untill you've finished.
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This is the second time I read Collision Course. To my disappointment a lot of the references to the 1970s that were in previous editions were removed (X films, cheap bus fares (by today's standards), vinyl records, cassettes, £1 notes and payphones) leaving a mismatch of past and present times. I think the 70s references add spice to it and future generations might be interested in every day things people took for granted in the past. The Kindle edition uses the 2009 version published by Back to Front (this is obvious from the cover) although the Kindle version was published by CB Creative Books and does not mention when it was first published (1976).

The first edition I read was the 1995 version published by Penguin under their Puffin brand I loaned from a library and that said it was slightly edited. I later learned that Penguin toned down the language with most of the profanity removed or replaced with euphemisms which was not so bad compared with modernizing it. Penguin otherwise remained mostly faithful to the first edition. I am speaking as someone too young to remember the 1970s. This is probably like the colourisation of black and white films or the editing of popular films such as Star Wars and ET. Buddy (1982) which is from the same author remains un edited to my knowledge and I think modernizing it would be controversial. What you feel about modernization of old books might depend on whether you read the old or new versions first.

Another possible flaw was a lack of proofreading I have also found in other Kindle books that are not in the paper editions such as spaces missing. In the Kindle edition there are spaces missing, wrong figures used and Mr. Raines is incorrectly labeled as the RE teacher instead of the PE teacher.

On the other hand it was good to see Collision Course on Kindle.
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