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Set in an England some ten years after a nuclear explosion, widow Rachel Verney and her two children live in an isolated valley that has remained unaffected by the war or its subsequent contamination. They have had no contact with the outside world until one day a group of Americans arrive. The family’s initial delight and gratitude soon gives way to concern.

Written at the height of the Cold War, a time when many people in Britain feared being in the middle of a potentially catastrophic action, the story rings true today, although with different protagonists.


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