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This review is from: The Vale of Sad Banana (Linford Mystery) (Paperback)
The final novel by the author of "The Night of the Big Heat" is a uniquely British take on the end of the world. Summer comes to the country village of Rustum Magna. The days are glaringly bright and the animals look in vain for a bit of shade to nap in. The Men from the Ministry have lost contact with a secret new space weapon, a project upon which one of the residents of Rustum Magna works, aided in his mathematical calculations by a bright local boy who can do complex equations in his head and may not be completely human. Lazy threads of incident and connection bind the story to the village, and place the village at the very centre of the (perhaps) soon to end world. The dreamy atmosphere of high summer is superbly caught. As noted, this was the author's final work and this may go some way towards explaining the beautiful falling note of melancholy that sustains this wonderful book.