Run for Your Life (Puffin Books) Paperback – 30 Apr 1970
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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.
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.
A definate recommendation.
What can I say? It's still a great story - gripping, atmospheric and powerful. It's rather like a "39 Steps" for kids, with two boys on the run around rural Norfolk, pursued by some very shady characters indeed. And, although it obviously pre-dates mobile phones, internet and all the other technology that we rely on today, the writing doesn't feel dated. I'm going to give it to my son to read and I'll be interested to see if a 21st century 11-year-old is as taken with the story as I was.
Years later I found it in a second-hand bookshop and having graduated as a teacher in a primary school thought I would try it out on my class.
They loved it - as has every class I have read it to in the last 25 years!
A fantastic tale of excitement and friedship - enjoyed equally by girls and boys.
No great message or social comment, just great story telling and high adventure. An absolute classic. (I am reading it to my 10 year old son at the moment - I never tire of it!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my daughter to use at school in her English lessons. Not heard her mention if it was a good read.Published on 20 May 2013 by J. S. Meakes
I ordered this because I couldn't find any other copies. It was only 1p and I had my doughts. It was dispatched the same day and arrived very quickly and I didn't have to pay much. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by sofia
Classic children's tale - timeless themes. Book arrived as described and in good condition. Currently out of print, so a good opportunity to buy.Published on 25 Sept. 2011 by Graham Robertson
it is very obviously by the condition an old book.the description led me to believe it was in a newer condition than it actually is.It is an old version copy. Read morePublished on 31 May 2009 by prestonian