Sixty LightsAuthor: Gail Jones
Imprint: Harvill Press
Featured in the December, 2004 magazine
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In 1860, when they are just eight and ten, Lucy Strange and her brother Thomas are orphaned. Left now in the care of their uncle, the children begin slowly, frighteningly, to find their place in the difficult world. And so begins Lucy's adolescent journey of discovery, one which will take her away from her childhood home in Australia, first to London, then to Bombay and, finally, to her death, at the age of twenty-three. It is a life abbreviated, but not a life diminished. Lucy is a remarkable character, forthright, gifted and exuberant; she touches the lives of all who know her.
Written in confident, finely interwoven and intricate layers, Sixty Lights is the chronicle of a modern and independent young woman's life in the Victorian world. Objects evoke memories and hint at the future in a narrative that flows between pleats in time. Through her observation of such objects Lucy's photographic vision is apparent. Her world is a series of still images which one day, printed on albumen paper, she will leave as affecting mementoes of her own extraordinary life.
... gives us some fascinating historical snippets along the way.
Review by: Robyn Arianrhod
AwardsAward: Winner, Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Year: 2004 Prize: Fiction
Award: Shortlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award Year: 2005
Award: Winner, Age Book of the Year Year: 2005 Prize: Fiction
Award: Winner, ALS Gold Medal Year: 2005
Award: Winner, South Australian Festival Awards for Literature Year: 2006 Prize: South Australian Premier's Award for Literature
Classifications:Prize Winning Fiction, Prize Winning Australian, 19th Century, Prize Winning