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King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher
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Dec 02, 11

Read in August, 2011

This is a good & thought provoking book. Set in a small town in Devon where a young girl goes missing from a nearby Council Estate. The disappearance of the child is not the focus of the story but provides a backdrop to some excellent character studies as the town goes about it's business with this event swirling around in the background - much like real life. Great writing with some quite poignant interactions between characters and some quite confronting ones. Teenager Hettie with her creepy doll collection is almost worth a story in her own right! The other background theme is the mysterious John Calvin, driver of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme and fixated on security cameras which represent the increasing incursion of the authorities into the private domain. I'd totally recommend having a read of this.
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