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Digging to Australia Paperback – 21 Jan 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (21 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747540047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747540045
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An outstanding novel with confirms Glaister's command of the domestic and the bizarre' -- Independent

'Glaister's novels always appear to be as effortless for her to writer as they are for us to read' -- The Times

'Not just dark and mysterious but also emotionally satisfying' -- Times Literary Supplement

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Format: Paperback
This was my first lesley Glaister novel and I was unprepared for the marvellous, easy style of her honeyed prose. Evocations of England in the late 1950's combined with a disparate cast of characters make this a charming book of humour, poignancy and bleak reality. I am now preparing to read everything else she has ever written!
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In 'Digging to Australia' a traumatic year in the life of 13 year old Jennifer unfolds through her own eyes. She grapples with the ususal teenage stuff of awakening independence, sexuality and dread of unpopularity. In her case these are compounded by the shock of discovering the truth about her unconventional family and beng drawn towards a strange loner.
The unprepossessing setting for this is the suburbs of the late 1960's. Although this world of Jennifer's is circumscribed, it is vividly real. We are drawn into its curious events and Jennifer's intense emotional life. Glaister captures with real accuracy the teenager's perspective -the disturbing sense of having new and sometimes far from innocent feelings and that of the things now happening seeming overwhelmingly important.
'Digging to Australia' is subtle. The ambiguities in its ending -with questions surrounding a disturbing final plot twist left unanswered -suggests a possibility that the events of adolescence, so cataclysmic at the time, may turn out to be less so in retrospect.
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I've read a couple of Lesley Glaister's books before this, and I've enjoyed them all. The author seems to excel in describing the strangeness and cruelty of getting old; however, this only serves to make her novels seem all the more chilling. In no way can this be described as a horror story, but whilst reading it, you become filled with a kind of absurd dread, not quite knowing where the story is leading to. As in her other novels, this one is an angle on the truth, whether you want to admit to it or not!
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An authentic adolescent voice and emotions in an unusual domestic situation. This is the first work I have read by Glaister and I will read another of her imaginative novels.
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