Not only does ST 17 look great-it is great,opening with a wonderful ghost story in the grand tradition.The Tunnel has a lot going for it-multiple layers of narrative,an expert in esoterica( in this case trains) and some sly humor( Thelma Kemp's crack about Roman Catholics).But to really make it tasty, Peter Bell has added a generous dollop of the class struggle.The animus between urban evacuees and their country hosts during the Blitz becomes the focal point of this story.Lady Wyke's treatment of the Wood children would be called child abuse today.All in all, a rich , wonderful story.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Praise for Peter
Peter Bell's story 'The Tunnel' is one of the most popular ever published. It's in ST17, if you haven't already bought a copy. Here's one fulsome reaction from a reader: