Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown
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Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown

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Winner - Mail on Sunday Novel Competition 2008 Best Debut Novels of the Year - Observer 2008 Best Books of the Year - Evening Standard 2009 Shortlisted - Waverton Good Read Award 2009 At once troubling, funny and joyous, this is an intimate, lyrical and deeply moving story of an ordinary family crumbling under the weight of past mistakes. "A beautifully poignant, multi-layered family story. There is glorious detail in the writing which renders it truly memorable." - Bookersatz Paperback: 384 pages Size: 129mm x 198mm
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Isabel Ashdown’s captivating debut vividly brings to life the gentility of a 1950s childhood, the free-spirited hedonism of the Sixties, and the urban domesticity of 1980s Portsmouth. Thirteen-year-old Jake’s world is unravelling as his father and older brother leave home, and his mother plunges into alcoholic freefall. Despite his turbulent home life, Jake is an irrepressible teenager and his troubled mother is not the only thing on his mind: there’s the hi-fi he’s saving up for, his growing passion for Greek mythology (and his pretty classics teacher), and the anticipation of brief visits to see his dad. When his parents reconcile, life finally seems to be looking up. Their first family holiday, announced over scampi and chips in the Royal Oak, promises to be the icing on the cake – until long-unspoken family secrets begin to surface. "A disturbing, thought-provoking tale of family dysfunction, spanning the second half of the 20th century, that guarantees laughter at the uncomfortable familiarity of it all." - Juliet Nicolson, Evening Standard "Tender and subtle, it explores difficult issues in deceptively easy prose... Across the decades, Ashdown tiptoes carefully through explosive family secrets. This is a wonderful debut – intelligent, understated and sensitive." - Observer Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Myriad Editions (17 Sep. 2009) Language: English ISBN: 978-0-954930-97-4 Size: 129mm x 198mm
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Code BGLASS
ISBN 9780954930974
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