Fear Week

Teenager Adrian Thorby is about to experience a week of embarrassing and comic incidents. He's scared: it's 1962, the week of the Cuban missile crisis, and nuclear war menaces the world. Adrian wonders if all adults are insane. He's a science-fiction fan who fears he won't live to see a futuristic world of high-technology, including space travel and robots. And he will never have a girlfriend. More

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Language: British English
ISBN: 9781301095780
About Andrew McBurnie

Andrew McBurnie was born in Hull, UK, and emigrated with his family to Australia in 1966. He lives in Sydney.

"Fear Week" is about the city where I grew up, Hull, in the Yorkshire East Riding. It was the second most bombed city after London, but this had always been kept secret during the war. Hull was only referred to as "a north-eastern city". To this day, this is not widely known. As children, we were accustomed to bombed-out ruins: in the way of children, we thought this was normal.

The early sixties was an era when all young people knew that at any moment, their lives might be ended by a nuclear war, a threat that was just called "The Bomb". The Cuban missile crisis was very nearly the end of the world.

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