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Hairs In The Palm Of The Hand

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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published December 31st 1981 by Viking Children's Books
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This was one of my favourite books as a kid. I re-read it thinking maybe I just liked it because the audiotape was narrated by Tony Robinson of Fat Tulip and he is the best. But also, so is this book.

Mark doesn't dumb down language for her audience, and there is so much wit and humour, especially in the first of the two stories "Time and the Hour", about a class in an all-boys' school that starts a betting pool on how much time will be wasted, or saved, during a week of school. This is my favour
a childhood favourite. a particularly british mixture of comprehensives, west ham and urban living that seems ineffably exotic when i was a child and is still historically rich and extremely entertaining. (now i really want to get my hands on a copy of Enough is Too Much Already.)
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British children's author and two time winner of the Carnegie Medal, Janet Marjorie Mark also taught art and English in Gravesend, Kent, was part of the faculty of Education at Oxford Polytechnic in the early 1980s and was a tutor and mentor to other writers before her death from meningitis-related septicaemia.

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