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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.