In his masterly survey, Written for Children, John Rowe Townsend describes A Game of Dark as 'ambitious and harrowing'. His outline can't be bettered. 'Donald Jackson, nearly fifteen, suffers the pain and guilt of not loving his dying, Methodist lay-preacher father; ha adopted as father-figure the Church of England clergyman who is indirectly responsible for his sister's death and his father's maiming; and, under unbearable pressure, retreats into a medieval chivalric world in which he has to kill the huge, preying Worm. This he achieves at length by unfair play, stabbing its under-belly from the protection of a hole in the ground; there is no honour in it; yet at last he can love his father, who now dies, and can accept reality.'
An admirer of this book is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. He has described it as 'very dark' but 'an extraordinary novel'
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001585799
Book Description Puffin Books, 1974. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere ALL ITEMS POSTED NEXT WORKING DAY. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000784861
Book Description Puffin, 1974. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Fairly Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Ring marks to covers 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003850
Book Description Puffin Books, Middlesex, England, 1974. Mass Market Paperback. First Puffin Edition. G+, Edgewear, creases, spine fade, spine lean, dealer sticker, ink name, browning. Children's drama. Cover illustration by George Adamson. Expanded condition report/digital photo on request. Bookseller Inventory # 030216
Book Description PUFFIN BOOKS, 1974. Book Condition: Good. New Ed. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP78813195