THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH – don’t miss reading this book!
Ingenu/e magazine – Spring edition 2017
Told from the viewpoint of young Harry Beere, The Kid on Slapton Beach opens in the midst of the confusion of a small Devon community faced with the prospect of leaving their homes and the security of their village life just before Christmas.
From the opening lines the tension and upset of their forced exodus is tangible, but the disruption of their departure is overshadowed by a greater tragedy, one that was covered up for fifty years, and one that is gradually revealed, menacingly, unbelievably as the story unfolds.
With the lyrical economy of a poet, Felicity Fair Thompson paints a vivid picture of this rural idyll shattered by conflict; she captures the sense of wartime Britain in a way that feels almost familiar. Her attention to detail indicates an acute observer of human behaviour, fleshing out the key characters and capturing the essence of youth in the idiosyncrasies of boyhood – the eponymous kid a mixture of callow bravado and childlike fragility as he investigates the often challenging encounters with those around him.
A potent combination of war story, rite of passage and the angst of stressful family relationships, set against a factual backdrop – no less extraordinary for being factual – The Kid on Slapton Beach is a captivating read. Work lay untouched, phones went unanswered, meals were late… I couldn’t put it down! The Kid on Slapton Beach is available from bookshops, or direct from www.wightdiamondpress.com and is also available as an e-book from Amazon and Smashwords.
Editor Gill Kaye
Ingenu/e is distributed in the High Weald and South Down