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ID
b238
Title
"A Great Day for Bonzo."
Genre
Novella
Page Count
66
Word Count
17800
Publisher
Argosy
Publication Year
1957
Document Types
Film & Television
Topics
Death, Childhood, Pets

In a volume otherwise containing short nostalgic vignettes reflecting Bates's childhood, this novella-length piece is experimental in style. The narrator recalls a day-long adventure with two other children, in which they unintentionally find themselves involved in an ugly domestic conflict, with overtones of death and tragedy. A television adaptation (episode four in the 1974 series "Childhood") was directed by Michael Apted. In Argosy (October 1957), The Watercress Girl and Other Stories (1959), A Party for the Girls (1988).