Digging to Australia

by Lesley Glaister | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by intry of Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on 6/30/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by intry from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Friday, June 30, 2006
From Publishers Weekly
Dangerous secrets and sinister undertones power this uncommon coming-of-age tale. Writing with authority about adolescent insecurity, British author Glaister ( Honour Thy Father ) invests her theme with dramatic resonance, giving her slightly misfit antiheroine some responsibility for a final tragic event. When introduced, 12-year-old Jennifer is preoccupied with digging a tunnel in the garden of her English hometown. She imagines digging straight through to Australia, and thus escaping the dull life she leads with Mama and Bob. Soon after Jennifer commences this project in distancing, Mama drops a bombshell: Jennifer is not their daughter but their grandchild, born to their since-banished daughter. This announcement increases Jennifer's sense of alienation; she begins spending her free time in an abandoned church with a squatter named Johnny. More intrigued than frightened by Johnny's erratic disposition, Jennifer overlooks his possible role in the disappearances of local girls. But then her fantasies and ostensibly innocent lies take on some real consequences, which she must face. Glaister is a shrewd observer of domestic minutiae as well as emotional nuances. A masterful play of dark foreshadowing, the novel grips the reader's emotions as it moves to a haunting conclusion.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
The day Jennifer turned 13, she was told that the people she thought were her parents were really her grandparents. Furthermore, she had been born in November, not in June, as she had always believed. As she struggles to adjust her worldview, Jennifer turns on her grandparents. She discovers the power of lies and begins to use this power to her own ends. Eventually, she learns that real harm can result from a careless lie, and her life is changed forever. Glaister's third novel (following Honour Thy Father , LJ 5/1/91) is poignant and observant, capturing the confusion of adolescence and mixing bizarre elements with everyday life. The author leads the reader through a maze of images, resolving the conflicts she creates with skill and elegance. Recommended for public libraries.
- Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Kingston
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Journal Entry 2 by intry from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Friday, April 18, 2008
Enjoyed reading the book. An entriguing story.

Will send it to DJgib as a RABCK. Hope you like it :)

Journal Entry 3 by intry at on Friday, April 18, 2008

Released 13 yrs ago (4/18/2008 UTC) at



Happy reading!

Journal Entry 4 by DJgib from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Thanks for the RABCK! I've never heard of this book, but always keen to try something new so I'll look forward to it.

Journal Entry 5 by DJgib at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Jenny is twelve when she is told by her parents that they are actually her grandparents, and that her mother abandoned her at birth. She is an unpopular girl at school, and during this same time is pressured into making friends with an equally unpopular girl who she dislikes. She meets a 'mystery man' while hanging around a local disused church. There are elements here that would make a really good story about the difficulties of being a teenager and going through these things when you are not yet sure of your own identity - let alone anyone else's - but it never comes together.

Released 8 yrs ago (4/27/2013 UTC) at Trailfinders Sidney Street in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom


I set this book free in the brochure 'cubbyhole' on the outside of Trailfinders.

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