Letter: Some are monsters, many more are not

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Sir: After reading a novel of mine about one particular teenager (The Book of the Banshee), Angela Lambert must have presumed my views on this age-group are far harsher than they are. The words she chose to attribute to me (and which Claire Rayner (letter, 29 November), with justification, so resents) is a composite 'quotation' gleaned from the behaviour of one of the characters in one of my nine books for and about children of teen age.

So may I set the record straight. Some children may be any one (or more) of these things: monstrous, horrible, unrecognisably squalid, lazy, foul-mouthed and materialistic. Many more are not.

Yours faithfully,


Barnard Castle, County Durham

30 November