Off the Road Paperback – 2 Mar 2000
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It is 2040. On the Outside, people have huge families and are proud that they "belong" as they live their basic, happy lives in the Wild Wood. On the Inside, everything is clean, safe and orderly. There is only one child per family, and when adults reach the age of 65 they are taken to Nostalgia Block 95 to be "looked after forever" .It is Gandy's 65th birthday and he escapes to the Outside, followed by his grandson Tom who has been taught only of the horrors of the Outside but as yet knows nothing of the joys to be found there.
Tender and, at times, heartbreaking, Nina Bawden's Off the Road is a fresh and compulsive read. A combination of futuristic thriller and touching, tear-jerking tale of family bonds, this is a stunning, pacey and perceptive novel which successfully parallels two very different worlds without making judgments on either. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Nina Bawden is foremost among twentieth-century writers of fiction for children. A reviewer in Publishers Weekly wrote: "I'll come right out and say it. For my money, Miss Bawden can so no wrong. Her stories area a perfect blend of humor and suspense, and that's a blend difficult to achieve." Ms. Bawden was born in London, England, and lived there until she was evacuated with her school during the Blitz in World War II. She later attended Somerville College, Oxford. She and her husband, Austin Kark, live in London, except in the spring and summer, when they go to their home in Nauplion, Greece. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.