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Remembering Lionsville

Bronwyn Bancroft


Allen & Unwin

Children's & Educational;
Picture storybooks


32 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Bronwyn Bancroft is one of our most celebrated Indigenous illustrators, and this fine book tells the story of her family. In a settlement nestled in the north of NSW, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people lived and worked together, and this book vividly evokes a way of life that is mostly vanished now. Bancroft directly addresses the reader to follow her in her memories of the country and her grandparents, aunties and uncles. Her trademark flat and highly decorative bordered style is complemented with collages of family photographs. A beautiful celebration of family history and its importance. Lindy


A boy creeps down from a high-rise block in the half-light of dawn to see the neat prints left by a fox on the frosty grass. He is TC, eight years old and skipping school to spend his time exploring the city's waste ground and long-forgotten wild corners. At school and at home he is barely missed. Sophia, seventy-eight and a half and still wearing her dear dead husband's shoes, looks out through her kitchen window at the little city park outside her flat, its grassy acres grimy and litter-blown, but to her eyes beautiful. She is writing her weekly letter to her granddaughter Daisy, whose privileged upbringing means she exists in a different world to that of TC, even though they live less than a mile apart. Jozef spends his days clearing houses and works night shifts at the local takeaway, but he is unable to forget the farm he left behind in Poland, the woods and fields he grew up with still a part of him, although he is a thousand miles away. When he meets TC in the little park one night he finds a kindred spirit, despite the forty years between them: both lonely, both looking for something, both lost.

By:   Bronwyn Bancroft
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 300mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9781742373201
ISBN 10:   1742373208
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   January 2013
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  General/trade ,  English as a second language ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Stock Indefinitely

  • Short-listed for Speech Pathology Austraila Book of the Year Awards 2013 (Australia)
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