25th May 2001 at 01:00
We now have a Children's Laureate in Anne Fine, who is pledged (page 23) to further the cause of books. Literary allusions turn up in the most unlikely places. Take te lad from West Lothian who, on a work placement, was asked to paint a fence.

"Who the f*** d'you think I am, Tom Sawyer?" he asked as he walked off.

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