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BACKWARD TO THE FRONT OF THE DAY by James Robson. 144 pages. Doubleday. $4.50.

Budgie Bill is not one of your ordinary English tramps. Wearing a fawn-colored overcoat with wing collars and an ancient trilby that looks like "a burst concertina," he haunts villages in the daytime and cities at night. More startling, he always walks backward and, if he pauses in his perambulations, he lies down instead of sitting.

In this grim little first novel by a 23-year-old Yorkshireman, Budgie is befriended by a 14-year-old boy and his dog Nightpoodle, by a girl who...

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