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Setting accentuates story in Doris Lessing’s Through the Tunnel, explored by Helen M Walters

This month’s story is a tale of a boy pushing himself up to and beyond his limits. As Doris Lessing observes in the preface of To Room Nineteen, the collection in which Through The Tunnel appears, this story has been much anthologised for, and proven popular with, children and young people despite the fact that she did not set out to write it for that audience.

Let’s take a look at what works well about the story and gives it such resonance for old and young alike. As always, spoilers follow and you will benefit most from this article if you read the story yourself, at http://writ.rs/wmfeb18

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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