A book I love… Stig of the Dump

Clive KingTo my sadness, I haven’t got my original copy of this book. I read Stig of the Dump by Clive King it when I was about 9 or 10, I guess, and it opened up a new world of possibilities to me. That you could be free to live your own life, free of adults, free of rules, free to imagine, free to believe.  The writer Clive King grew up in a house near a chalk pit, so I’d like to think he did actually meet Stig. I re-read it recently and the story was just as fresh. It was published 40 years ago but it hasn’t aged at all.
‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King [UK: Puffin]

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  1. One of my faves from when I was a kid too. I still have my old copy. Ardizzone’s drawings are wonderful. As an Art student I remember seeing some artwork from Stig in Chris Beetles gallery (kids book art dealer) in London, but I didn’t have a spare £300 (!) then, and still don’t. . . There is or was a good audio version, read by Tony Robinson, that my kids used to love.