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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Ordeal by fire

Sonya Hartnett won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2002 for Thursday's Child. Her subsequent novel, What the Birds See, explored childhood but did not address children. Surrender does not address children, but the fastidiously visceral narrative examines the infantile preoccupation with the wholly physical. It is a demanding experience but it can be hardly be called a crossover book. Adults who unblushingly read Harry Potter in public would never be able to cope with it. JAN MARK

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