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Author: Tony Birch

ISBN: 9781921640155
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23 November 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0 x 1.5
Change for us came so unexpectedly. One day my father was stalking the family as he had done for most of our lives, skulking from room to room, accompanied by a menacing silence that we had long ago accepted. And then he was gone.Shadowboxing is a collection of ten linked stories in the life of a boy growing up in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in the 1960s. A beautifully rendered time capsule, it captures a period of decay, turmoil and change through innocent, unblinking eyes.Michael's family, led by his long-suffering mother, live as though under siege, surviving his father's drinking and rage as well as the forces of "urban renewal." Their neighborhood is a world of simple pleasures as well as random brutality; of family life and love as well as violence and tragedy. As Michael experiences all this with a combination of wonder and fear, he matures into a sensitive adult who can forgive but never forget.Shadowboxing is a riveting story of loss and permanence, power and weakness, stoicism and resistance.In the tradition of John Morrison, it captures the essence of working-class life in inner-city Australia. Written in a spare, understate...

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