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Life: An Unexploded Diagram.

Life: An Unexploded Diagram

Mal Peet Mal Peet is an English author born in North Norfolk, who writes novels mainly for young adults. He has written novels such as Keeper, and The Penalty. Biography
Early life
 

Walker Books, 2011

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 9781844281008

Paperback 7.99 [pounds sterling]

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If you want a book with plenty of sex and bad language, then this is the book for you. If you want a book that covers several periods of historical conflict (WW2, the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis and 9:11), then this is the book for you. If you want more than 400 pages written by a prize-winning author, then this is the book for you. A fairly typical line is: 'Someone in the back row farted, audibly au·di·ble  
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That is heard or that can be heard.

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, setting off a susurration of titters'. If that makes you laugh and want to look up 'susurration' then buy this book.

This book is written for the young adult fiction market; firmly placed at KS4 and above. The three-generational story covers all the aforementioned periods, following the lives of a family in rural Norfolk.

On a language level I enjoyed the actual writing, the wit and the humour. However, as one who sometimes finds dual narrative complicated, I found the book as a whole rather confusing. As it stands, I suspect the book will not be read by many in the 16-18 year age group unless they are committed readers or told to do so as part of a scheme of work. I agree with other reviewers that it could and should be read by a more adult audience.
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Author:Bamford, Ruth
Publication:NATE Classroom
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Date:Sep 22, 2011
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