By Julian Mitchell
A hectic Influence used to be Julian Mitchell's moment novel, first released in 1962.
The atmosphere is the small, completely English city of Cartersfield, the place the very quietness of lifestyles reasons hassle. the old and young are preoccupied alike with their very own affairs, to the exclusion of the realm. Tetchy schoolmaster Mr Drysdale sums it up: 'We do not care a lot for switch in Cartersfield.' yet switch comes regardless, within the form of a rootless younger guy who reveals Cartersfield a very good position within which to get well after an disease, and a superb position, too, to indulge his urge for food for destruction.
In a desirable new preface to this reissue Julian Mitchell describes how he drew on his Cotswold youth and the city of Cirencester with a view to invent his fictional Cartersfield and populate it with a forged of characters.
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