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The Gift of Speed

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In 1960 the West Indies arrive in Australia and Michael, who is sixteen, is enthralled. If, like his heroes, he has the gift of speed, he will move beyond his suburb into the great world ... As his summer unfolds, Michael realises that there are other ways to live. When the calypso chorus accompanying Frank Worrell and his team fades, Michael has leartn many things ... about his parents, a girl called Kathleen Marsden, and about himself. The Gift of Speed is a masterful blend of story-telling, memorable characters and a uniquely Australian sensibility by a novelist at the height of his powers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
  • Cornerstone
  • Windmill Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099537281
  • 9780099537281
  • 129,818

About Steven Carroll

Steven Carroll was born in Melbourne. His first novel, Remember Me, Jimmy James, was published in 1992. The Art of the Engine Driver (2001) and The Gift of Speed (2004) were shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, which the final book in the trilogy, The Time We Have Taken, won in 2008. Steven Carroll lives in Melbourne with his partner and son.show more

Review quote

"If, as they say, the past is another country, then Carroll is the ideal guide" * Sydney Morning Herald * "Exquisite . . . There are times in this book where I paused to admire the subtle craft of what Carroll is doing. Every piece of this book is sanded and planed and perfectly joined" * The Age * "A must read" * Australian Publisher & Bookseller * "An elegantly simple yet carefully crafted and stylishly narrated story" * Good Reading *show more

Back cover copy

FROM THE WINNER OF THE Dreams, he knows, can be lived because ordinary people go out there in the world and live them In 1960 the West Indies arrive to take on the Australia cricket team and Michael, who is sixteen, is enthralled. If, like his heroes, he has the gift of speed, he will move beyond his suburb into the great wide world ... But as his summer unfolds, Michael realises that there are other ways to live. When the calypso chorus accompanying Frank Worrell and his team fades, Michael has learnt many things ... about his parents, a girl called Kathleen Marsden, and about himself. The Gift of Speed is a masterful blend of story-telling, memorable characters and a uniquely Australian sensibility by a novelist at the height of his powers. 'An elegantly simple yet carefully crafted and stylishly narrated story' Good Readingshow more

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"A must read"show more

Rating details

87 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 10% (9)
4 40% (35)
3 39% (34)
2 9% (8)
1 1% (1)
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