McNair House is a charitable institution, set up to care for ?cathypnic? children. With their incredibly low metabolism, cathypnic kids are irresistibly plump little dumplings, inspiring a near-obsessive devotion in their caretakers. Jimmy Pibble, newly laid off from Scotland Yard, has dropped by the McNair purely in a private capacity, but if he?s surprised to find his own passions being stirred by the children, he?s even more surprised at the signals he?s getting from his old detective instincts. He knows that the disorder has a dark side; he?s slowly coming to understand that devotion does as well.
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Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of"Punch", and since then has earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for children and adults. His books have been published in several languages throughout the world. The recipient of many awards, Dickinson has been shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children s literature and was the first author to win it twice.The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was also the first to win the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers Association for two books running: "The Glass-Sided Ants Nest" (1968) and"The Old English Peepshow" (1969). A collection of Dickinson s poetry, "The Weir", was published in 2007.His latest book, "In the Palace of the Khans", was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Dickinson has served as chairman of the Society of Authors and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature.
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Book Description Harper & Row, 1971. Unknown Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060110392
Book Description Harper & Row, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0060110392