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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 powerful 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.

Sixty lights - Gail Jones

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Title
Sixty lights
Author
Gail Jones
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Harvill Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20040805

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 powerful 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.

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Gail Jones lives in Sydney and teaches at the University of Western Sydney. Her books have won numerous literary awards in Australia. She is the author of two collections of short stories and five novels including Sixty Lights which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Dreams of Speaking and Sorry, both of which were longlisted for the Orange Prize.

Type
BOOK
Edition
Illustrated
Keyword Index
Woman photographers - Fiction.|Great Britain - History - Victoria, 1837-1901 - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England

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