Teenager Adrian Thorby is about to experience a week of embarrassing but comic incidents. He’s having sexy thoughts and is in love with a girl from a posh school. And he's worried: it's 1962, the week of the Cuban missile crisis, and the world is threatened by nuclear war. He's a science-fiction fan who fears he won't live to see a futuristic world of space travel and robots, and will never live long enough to have a girlfriend.
The seven days of “Fear Week” narrate Adrian’s exploits, blunders and embarrassments during the nuclear crisis, and his yearnings for the girl of his dreams.
Adrian lives in Hull, a northeastern English city still half-flattened by WW2 bombing. Shattered ruins are everywhere. He expects that with the country’s experience of heavy bombing during the last war, there will be quick preparation of shelters, emergency medical services and even temporary housing out in the countryside. But nobody does anything. Everyone continues life as normal. Adrian begins to wonder if the grownups are all insane.
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Published January 3, 2014
by Andrew McBurnie.
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