‘The Wall offers a fresh look at one of the worst conflicts of the modern day and allows the reader to understand how there are always two sides to every story’Writing about a current conflict in the world today, from an apparently apolitical approach, and especially if you yourself are not in that situation, is a difficult task, no doubt, for any author. Yet I think William Sutcliffe here has managed to pull it off: set against the backdrop of the Israeli occupation in the fictional town of Amarias, The Wall takes the persepective of Joshua, a thirteen year old football-mad boy, whose ball one day ends up being kicked over, near to the other side of the ominous Wall. Ever since he has lived in Amarias, Joshua has been taught that beyond this high wall, guarded by many soldiers, lies a dangerous enemy – only the Wall can keep the town safe.Joshua discovers a tunnel whilst searching for his lost football; it is a passageway to the forbidden territory: the other side of the Wall. Compelled by a sense of adventure and intrigue, Joshua knows he may never get another chance to witness what truly lies beyond and so …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books