The Otterbury Incident

By Cecil Day-Lewis

Vintage children's tale first released in 1948. the unconventional is decided within the quick post-World battle II interval within the fictional English small provincial city of Otterbury. town used to be mostly untouched by way of the battle except one unintended hit from a mis-targeted bomb which destroyed a number of constructions close to the centre of the city; schoolboy Nick Yates was once pulled from the ruins and his mom and dad have been killed. The bombsite is understood in the community because the "Incident" of the book's name, and is used as a website for war-games by means of rival gangs of boys from the neighborhood King's institution: Ted's corporation, led by means of 13-year-old Edward Marshall, whose second-in-command is George, the narrator, and inclusive of Nick, Charlie Muswell and younger Wakeley, and the 'enemy' Toppy's corporation, led through William Toppingham (also thirteen) and his sidekick Peter Butts, and together with the ghastly Prune.

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