I decided to read through some of the newest books published by Bloomsbury Group, and A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz was one I was able to get from the library firsts. Unfortunately, it was probably the one I liked least, but so it goes.
The story focuses on a kid growing up in a rough part of London, where he makes friends with a tailor and other businesspeople in the neighborhood. His father is posted to Africa, and he wants to find a way to bring him home. When the tailor tells him stories about unicorns making wishes comes true, he figures this is his chance, and when he finds a one-horned goat in the market, he thinks he’s found a real unicorn.
There’s a sub-plot about the tailor’s assistant boxing to win some money, and between the two, I just sort of got bored with the story. I finished the book, but I sort of wish I’d quit earlier. Ok, but not really a book I’d recommend.