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COVER STORY Labor's vision for a transgender world

EDITORIAL Liddell closure: acid test for Turnbull

EUTHANASIA We risk turning our doctors into death dealers

DOCUMENTARY Harvested Alive: killing Falung Gong in China

AGENDA FOR AUSTRALIA Distorted jobless stats defeat planning efforts

ENVIRONMENT Hurricane Harvey: don't let a good disaster go to waste

AFL GRAND FINAL Bob Santamaria predicted the sunset of Aussie Rules

HISTORY After 500 years, is sugar going sour?

IDEOLOGY OF TRANSGENDERISM Reshaping our identities and relationships

MUSIC The Sequence: it's elementary

CINEMA The Hitman's Bodyguard: 'Eighties' action with popcorn

BOOK REVIEW One of globalisation's dwindling band

POETRY

HUMOUR

LETTERS

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Distant Prospect, by Annette Young

Annette Young

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Distant Prospect Publishing, Lorn, NSW, 2012
491 pages
Price: paperback $US19.95; hardback $US36.95
Available from Amazon and at www.adistantprospect.com

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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