Black Swan Green
A sensitive representation of the terrors and traumas as a teenage boy grows up. In rural/suburban England in 1982, against the background of Margaret Thatcher's England and the Falklands War, a young boy has to face all of the social pressures of adolescence and the turmoil of his family life. Gives you a real sense of the times. One of the most perceptive illuminations of a boy's passage into manhood I have found.