At school Sylvia Hawk'sbee chose a mixture of Arts and Science subjects. But when told to make a choice, the author chose Science and specialized in Microbiology, but regretted the ignorance of her own language so returned to read English at Bedford College. After graduating, she taught at secondary level, had some success in writing short stories and articles, finally self-publishing a book for children. In this year she has a book for young adults, The Messengers, published by Cranthorpe Millner, now on sale.
The staircase in Dormec House, a Ministry building, is certainly elegant, but to Arthur Timkins, messenger, one of the quota of variously disabled employees, it is the scene of an encounter that changes his life miraculously.Selected as one of Professor Knowle's guinea-pigs in a pilot trial to e...