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It’s about a boy, his sick baby brother and a conspiracy by a sinister queen wasp to create a changeling, a perfect version of the flawed infant. I was persuaded to give it a go because of the illustrations by Jon Klassen, The hero’s father fishes corpses from the river for decent burial and expects his 15-year-old son to do the same famous for his deadpan picture books for young children, but it seems he does suggestive and sinister too (an example is reprinted on p. 4 of this magazine). There’s something Hitchcockian and creepy about the story, but it’s actually heartwarming: we’re all flawed, is the gist.

And, right in the middle, Riverkeep. Pff, you think: they wish! But you know what? Having read the book, there are elements of all these authors in it: Moby-Dick for the quest for a great sea monster; The Wizard of Oz for a homunculus who retains his self, even when he loses his stuffing; Ursula Le Guin for the creation of a coherent other world where magic is part and parcel of things; and perhaps Dickens for a dank, watery atmosphere. Riverkeep is what the hero’s father does; he fishes corpses from the river for decent burial and expects his 15-year-old son to do the same.

The UK state can do nothing. This is not the benign progress that McCloskey describes, and nothing like it has happened before. The Financial Times reported recently that at the end of Feb- Liberty has played no part in the Great Enrichment of the Chinese – the fastest enrichment there has ever been ruary there were $267 trillion dollars in exchange traded derivatives — and that’s just one class of asset. For comparison, the gross domestic product of the USA is a mere $17 trillion. The world today produces 70 times more goods and services worldwide than in 1800.

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