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The Gift Of Speed

The Gift Of Speed

  • Title: The Gift Of Speed
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  • ISBN : 9780732278328
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 353 pages


In 1960 the West Indies arrive in Australia and Michael, who is sixteen, is enthralled If, like his heroes, he has the gift of speed, he will move beyond his suburb into the great world As his summer unfolds, Michael realises that there are other ways to live When the calypso chorus accompanying Frank Worrell and his team fades, Michael has leartn many thi In 1960 the West Indies arrive in Australia and Michael, who is sixteen, is enthralled If, like his heroes, he has the gift of speed, he will move beyond his suburb into the great world As his summer unfolds, Michael realises that there are other ways to live When the calypso chorus accompanying Frank Worrell and his team fades, Michael has leartn many things about his parents, a girl called Kathleen Marsden, and about himself.The Gift of Speed is a masterful blend of story telling, memorable characters and a uniquely Australian sensibility by a novelist at the height of his powers


Author Steven Carroll

Steven Carroll born 1949 is an Australian novelist He was born in Melbourne, Victoria and studied at La Trobe University He has taught English at secondary school level, and drama at RMIT He has been Drama Critic for The Sunday Age newspaper in Melbourne Steven Carroll is now a full time writer living in Melbourne with his partner and their son.




The Gift Of Speed Reviews (13)

  • Strange, I am almost sure that I marked this book as read here on GoodReads but it and the review I presumably wrote seems to have disappeared.Anyway, this book fits into a rare category for me It s about sport, but I liked it in spite of that It s about an adolescent who s obsessed by cricket and f [..]

  • I m re reading Carroll s Glenroy series This, the second, I enjoyed even than I did when I first read it and bought it for my son, a cricket tragic in 2009 The main character focus is Michael and his love of cricket the historical background is the 1960 61 West Indies cricket tour of Australia, whi [..]

  • Even though I was around during the 50s and 60s evoked, quite accurately, in this novel, I m apparently the odd man out in finding the book a bit tedious I don t doubt that lots of people will enjoy it, but I found the writing rather slow and there s a wry repetitive streak throughout that loses its [..]

  • I found this sooooo slow going Maybe if I liked cricket I d have enjoyed it [..]

  • Too slow [..]

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