About this book
The multi-award-winning Mal Peet returns with a powerful coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The story is told in flashback by Clem Ackroyd, now living and working in New York City, looking back at his teenage years living in a claustrophobic home with his parents and grandmother in the bleak Norfolk countryside. Not only the threat of explosions, but real ones as well feature throughout. Ages: 14+
Clem Ackroyd lives with his parents and grandmother in a claustrophobic home too small to accommodate their larger-than-life characters in the bleak Norlfolk countryside. Clem's life changes irrevocably when he meets Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, and experiences first love, in all its pain and glory.