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Philip Ardagh reviews Jackdaw Summer by David Almond

David Almond is one of the finest writers of children's novels today. Endlessly inventive, his books resonate with an honesty and truth transmitted through deceptively "simple", beautifully crafted prose. His latest offering is again set in Northumbria, this time in the recent past: the days of Bush, Blair and the Iraq war. This is a landscape steeped in the bloody history of bygone savagery, still echoing with the sound of weapons: not just from boyhood war games, but from army training in preparation for real combat on foreign soil. Timeless links are forged between current conflicts and the ancient battles of the north which have informed the landscape. The boys with their bows and arrows don't cover their ears to the low-flying jets roaring overhead. They yell, "Bomb them right back to the Stone Age!" PHILIP ARDAGH

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