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This is a story that can only be told in a whisper...

In the remote outback of Western Australia, English anthropologist Nicholas Keene and his wife Stella raise a curious child, Perdita. Her childhood is far from ordinary; a shack in the wilderness, with a distant father burying himself in books and an unstable mother whose knowledge of Shakespeare forms the backbone of the girl's limited education. Emotionally adrift, Perdita develops a friendship with an Aboriginal girl, Mary, with whom she will share a very special bond. She appears content with her unusual family life in this remote corner of the globe until Nicholas Keane is discovered murdered...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 159g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099507099
  • 9780099507093
  • 81,535

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Powerful and poignant
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Haunting * Herald * Powerful and poignant * Guardian * She has a gift for lyricism and elegant imagery... leaves a lovely legacy * The Times * Shards of poetry stud Jones' writing like diamonds * Independent *
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About Gail Jones

Gail Jones teaches literature, cinema and cultural studies at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of Sixty Lights which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Dreams of Speaking and Sorry, both of which were longlisted for the Orange Prize, and Five Bells.
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497 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 20% (99)
4 34% (170)
3 29% (145)
2 11% (55)
1 6% (28)

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Not a very fulfilling read. Some of the historical facts were of interest but I wasn't involved in the plot. I think I should have purchased a different book!show more
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