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Gulf

Robert Westall

1992

Methuen Children's Books






Review by Peter Young in The White Notebooks #17 (April 2020).


An English boy forms a telepathic connection with an Iraqi child soldier in Kuwait during the Gulf War. This was a short read, and benefits from a) having no attempt at explanation of how it happened, and b) how Westall gets around the show-don’t-tell problem when there is actually little on show, as it is all related from the English boy’s side. And the gulf of differences in the lives of both kids is sympathetically done.


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