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Razorhurst

Justine Larbalestier


9781743319437

Allen & Unwin


Children's & Educational;
Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's&YA)


Paperback

360 pages

$18.99
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1930s Sydney - hard men, fast women, ghosts and strays. A clever mix.
 
Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the dead.

The setting: 1932, Razorhurst. Two competing mob bosses - Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson - have reached a fragile peace.

Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.

Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson's 'best girl'. She knows the highs and lows of life, but she doesn't know what this day has in store for her.

When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna's latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie's new protector. But Dymphna's life is in danger too and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy's ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living.

Gloriana Nelson's kingdom is crumbling and Mr Davidson is determined to have all of Razorhurst - including Dymphna. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna and Kelpie are determined to survive what is becoming a day with a high body count.

By:   Justine Larbalestier
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781743319437
ISBN 10:   1743319436
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   July 2014
Recommended Age:   From 14
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


'Vivid and bloody and bold and fast; I feel like Razorhurst is in my bones now.' - Elizabeth Gilbert


  • Commended for CBCA Awards 2015 (Australia)
  • Commended for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 2015.
  • Short-listed for Older Readers 2015 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Awards 2015 (Australia)
  • Shortlisted for Norma K. Hemming Award 2015.
  • Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Prize for Young Adult Fiction 2015.
  • Winner of Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Horror Novel 2014.
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