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The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - YOUNG ADULT AN­GELA KIVERSTEIN

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1 An­glo-Jewish star of the movie ‘Room At The Top’ and ‘The Manchurian Can­di­date’ (1928-1973) (8,6)

9 Pi­rate, ‘old your tongue for the Bless­ing over The Wine (He­brew) (7)

10 Kids had dif­fi­culty say­ing the Mourner’s Prayer glo­ri­fy­ing God (He­brew) (7)

11 One most likely to suc­ceed (4)

12 Heav­enly crea­ture, part changeling (5)

13 Prophet’s de­ri­sive smile, name­drop­ping (4)

16 Im­pro­vised Jewish re­li­gious songs, some­times hummed (He­brew) (7)

17 The shab­bat prayer of ‘Bless­ing The Bread’ (He­brew) (7)

18 Re­sults from clay pigeon shoot­ing? (7)

21 In po­lice depart­ment a lot are back­wards, yet full of en­ergy (7)

23 How Beethoven fin­ished a set of four notes (4)

24 The nu­meral ‘one’ - fe­male (He­brew) (5)

25 Re­quest quiet, want­ing heavy metal cur­tailed (4)

28 In France, we mostly have veal? That’s novel! (7)

29 Oliver per­haps is calm, re­vis­ing out­side univer­sity (7)

30 Is­rael’s found­ing Prime Min­is­ter - one with fan­tas­tic abound­ing drive (5,3,6)

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1 Jewish noo­dle dish - do dunk help­ings in a pickle (7,7)

2 Ger­man joiner in­tend­ing head­ing off ruin (7)

3 Month Is­raeli air­line passes over

Lon­don is a bombed­out ruin. St Pan­cras and the Bri­tish Li­brary are heaps of bricks, West­min­ster Abbey is in­tact — but just one wall of the Houses of Par­lia­ment re­mains. From Cam­den to Cam­ber­well, a three­mile area is closed off, con­trolled by check­points. It is known as The Strip and the re­sis­tance smug­gles in sup­plies through the Brix­ton Tun­nels.

This is the land­scape of Wil­liam Sut­cliffe’s new novel, We See Ev­ery­thing.

A com­pan­ion to his novel of 2013, The Wall, it puts an un­set­tlingly fa­mil­iar fil­ter over the for­mer’s not quite ex­plicit West Bank sce­nario. Aus­tria for Uruguay (4)

4 Mem­bers of the Jewish ‘priestly class’ (He­brew) (7)

5 A big mess (He­brew/Yid­dish) (7)

6 Theme park at­trac­tion - for some, a hor­rid ex­pe­ri­ence! (4)

7 Hap­pen­ing to be around, I’d made it clear (7)

“One of the most im­por­tant tasks for fic­tion is to ex­pand the em­pa­thy of read­ers,” says Sut­cliffe. “By imag­in­ing a war like that hap­pen­ing in Lon­don, even young peo­ple can read it and think ‘what if it was me?’.”

In The Wall, teenage set­tler David goes through a tun­nel and be­comes in­volved with the life of a fam­ily on the other side of the wall. We See Ev­ery­thing feels more fo­cused on the in­di­vid­ual hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence of war — es­pe­cially for Lex, son of a re­sis­tance leader and Alan, whose mis­sion is to kill Lex’s fa­ther.

The Wall repo­si­tioned Sut­cliffe as a Young Adult writer, al­most ac­ci­den­tally. For the plot’s sake, its pro­tag­o­nist had to be of bar­mitz­vah age, rel­a­tively naive. It was pub­lished in adult and YA edi­tions but the YA ver­sion at­tracted at­ten­tion and a Carnegie Medal short­list­ing. Sut­cliffe’s pre­vi­ous books, for adults, had been come­dies (Philip Roth was a strong in­flu­ence); his Cir­cus of Thieves se­ries for younger chil­dren are zany but the move to YA has co­in­cided with more se­ri­ous sub­ject mat­ter.

“I wanted to write about in­jus­tice and stick­ing up for the un­der­dog,” he says. “There is a real thirst in YA read- 8 Daily cov­ers story - cler­gy­man knocks out a Jewish co­me­dian (7,7)

14 Where Sa­muel was brought up? (1 Sam. 28:7) (2-3)

15 Gulf cit­i­zen re­turn­ing very shortly (5) 19 Part of the shoul­der up­turned in Ital­ian oper­atic cen­tre (7)

20 Hav­ing en­snared male, she-devil ers for that. When I go into schools, the first thing I al­ways talk about are other walls in his­tory – Hadrian’s wall, the wall on the Mex­i­can border — then move on to metaphor­i­cal or ad­min­is­tra­tive walls, like the one that keeps refugees out of the EU… I didn’t want The Wall to be about ‘the nasty set­tlers’ — there’s some of that in all of us.” Later he emails to ex­pand on the “some of that”, defin­ing it as “liv­ing in a priv­i­leged en­clave, choos­ing to ig­nore the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers.”

Drone war­fare puts up its own kind of wall — “it’s a re­flec­tion of that sense of de­tach­ment — hav­ing wars but keep­ing our dis­tance from them… Peo­ple talk a lot about the refugee cri­sis but not about the war cri­sis, the ac­tual re­al­ity of sit­ting in a house and hav­ing 21st cen­tury war vis­ited on you.”

Of Lithua­nian (and York­shire) des­cent, Sut­cliffe aban­dons Amer­i­can to die (7)

21 He makes lo­cal de­liv­er­ies, ser­vant fol­low­ing three feet back (7)

22 Some an­i­mal a child found in the nevi’im (7)

26 Jewish food shop in In­dian city Henry ig­nored (4)

27 Re­bekah’s other son - a hairy man (4) had a “sec­u­lar Jewish up­bring­ing” in Har­row, at­tend­ing Hab­er­dash­ers’ Aske’s School in El­stree. “I didn’t feel very Jewish un­til I left Lon­don [for Em­manuel Col­lege, Cambridge]. Sud­denly, I re­alised I had been liv­ing in a Jewish en­clave,” he says.

Now based in Ed­in­burgh, he is mar­ried to nov­el­ist Mag­gie O’Far­rell, with three chil­dren aged five to 14.

His next YA book will, he prom­ises, be “funny.” He hopes read­ers of We See Ev­ery­thing will not feel down­cast but will be gripped by the thriller el­e­ment and moved by the love story at its heart.

“I wanted to get across the amaz­ing power of be­ing in love for the first time as a teenager,” he says.

“I re­mem­ber very clearly the in­ten­sity of the emo­tion and the thrill of push­ing back the bound­aries of what you have done be­fore. For ev­ery sin­gle per­son it feels like the dis­cov­ery of a new land.” HOW TO PLAY: Use the let­ter tiles from the game of Scrab­ble to spell out the an­swers to the clues be­low. Do not use the two blank tiles. Place the tiles on the Scrab­ble board ac­cord­ing to the grid ref­er­ences given with the clues. If you suc­cess­fully com­plete the puz­zle, you will have used all 98 tiles. ACROSS

1D A tax levied on wheels. (4)

2J Want what they have next door. (5) 2M Told the cor­rect way to write. (5) 3B Night at­tire. (7)

4H Used to stuff a quilt. (9)

5F Care free talk in a she­been. (5- 4) 7D Dis­charge us in a quiet man­ner. (7) 8J New French food. (7)

‘We See Ev­ery­thing’ is pub­lished next week by Blooms­bury (£12.99)

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Wil­liam Sut­cliffe

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