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Distant Prospect, by Annette Young

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Distant Prospect Publishing, Lorn, NSW, 2012
491 pages
Price: paperback $US19.95; hardback $US36.95
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Book description

Australia promised a fresh start for Lucy Straughan and her father when they fled war-torn Ireland. Instead, Lucy was stricken by polio.

Having mastered the cello during her prolonged confinement, Lucy is now fifteen, lonely and full of questions. Suddenly she is thrust into a string quartet and meets quixotic Della Sotheby, hot-headed Pim Connolly and precocious Phoebe Raye. The experience transforms each of their lives as they forge friendships and share not a few family secrets.

Set against the vivid backdrop of 1920s Sydney, A Distant Prospect is an intimate, hilarious and ultimately deeply moving coming-of-age adventure told with a touch of poetry by a quintessentially Irish narrator.

“A Distant Prospect is a splendid account, full of wisdom, insight into the minds of young people on the brink of adulthood, and with a command of the fine points of musical practice and performance as well as of art. … a marvellous premiere” – Christine McCarthy

“I have never read music described so vividly and with such understanding, nor have I empathised with a character so deeply. Lucy’s life is one we can all relate to, and Lucy’s journey to wholeness can heal a bit of brokenness in us all. Enjoy, for this book is a song of love – a music that you will never forget.” – Bookworm789

“So inventive that I wanted the book to be at least another 200 pages long.” – Susan Moore

About the author

Annette Young was born in Sydney and grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches and north shore. She studied music from an early age and it has remained a lifelong passion. Annette holds an honours degree in History from the University of Sydney and a Doctorate in English Literature from the University of New South Wales.

She currently lives in Maitland, New South Wales, with her husband, Francis, and their “quartet” of boys.

A Distant Prospect is her first novel.


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