The motives for writing “Beyond the Last Hill”

I set “Beyond the Last Hill” in the 1960s for two reasons. One – it was essential to the plot that the characters often were out of communication with each other, e.g. they had to rely on public phone kiosks, which may or may not be in working order. Secondly, and this was my bigger motive, I wanted to take today’s generation back to the fabled 60s and show that yes, it was a time of great social revolution as we all know, but the decade had its ugly side: the overwhelming threat of nuclear war; extreme social division; rampant racism; economic and industrial chaos; all in a United Kingdom still not recovered from World War II. And then there was that other ominous fear – the one that is the basis of the story…

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