Fib, The Swap, The Trick and Other Stories, The by George Layton (group set, 7 books)

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In The Fib, The Swap and The Trick George Layton's collections of short stories evoke a nostalgic, atmospheric view of growing up in the 1950s.


  • short story collection
  • modern classic
  • Different stories could be selected for different groups
  • 480 pages

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The Fib discussion guide

Author: George Layton

Publisher: Macmillan

Synopsis and Reasons for Selection

George Layton’s collection of bittersweet short stories set in the 1950s is brilliantly funny and moving. Each story follows a working-class young boy and chronicles his adventures and an escapade as he navigates the pressures and changes of growing up, including: bullying, lying, sadistic teachers, playground warfare, girls, friends and, of course, football. Layton writes with warmth and a keen eye for detail – he really seems to be able to climb inside a child’s mind and understand what is important to them. Indeed, many of the comic sequences will have child and adult listeners chucking for more. A pleasurable read, full of colourful characters and engaging storylines!

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