About the Book
He grows up in a safe, colourless suburb, a sterile environment of identical houses and factories. Being a workingclass kid, for him school was educationally useless and directed only at punctuality, obedience, brutality and submission to mediocrity.
Barry Klemm enjoyed an array of abandoned careers before resorting to literature. He was a crane jockey, insurance clerk, combat soldier, advertising officer, computer programmer, cleaner, stagehand, postman, sports ground manager, builder's labourer, taxi-driver, film and TV scriptwriter and radio dramatist. He has published two novels for teen-age readers, The Tenth Hero, in 1997, and Last Voyage of the Albatross in 1998 through Addison Wesley Longman and Running Dogs, a novel of the Vietnam War by Black Pepper in 2000.