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Shell

Kristina Olsson


9781925685329

Simon & Schuster


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


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384 pages

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A big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history.

Everywhere he looked he saw what Utzon saw. The drama of harbour and horizon, and at night, the star-clotted sky. It held the shape of the possible, of a promise made and waiting to be kept...

In 1965 as Danish architect Jorn Utzon's striking vision for the Sydney Opera House transforms the skyline and unleashes a storm of controversy, the shadow of the Vietnam War and a deadly lottery threaten to tear the country apart.

Journalist Pearl Keogh, exiled to the women's pages after being photographed at an anti-war protest, is desperate to find her two missing brothers and save them from the draft. Axel Lindquist, a visionary young glass artist from Sweden, is obsessed with creating a unique work that will do justice to Utzon's towering masterpiece.

In this big, bold and hauntingly beautiful portrait of art and life, Shell captures a world on the brink of seismic change though the eyes of two unforgettable characters caught in the eye of the storm.

And reminds us why taking a side matters.

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By:   Kristina Olsson
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 153mm,  Width: 234mm, 
ISBN:   9781925685329
ISBN 10:   1925685322
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kristina Olsson is a journalist and the award-winning author of three novels Shell, In One Skin, and The China Garden, and two works of nonfiction, Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir and Kilroy was Here. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.


`A beautifully crafted novel about a fascinating time in our history. There is a luminous precision in every sentence' -- Heather Rose, award-winning author of The Museum of Modern Love `This narrative of war and hope, architecture and yearning, and old and new world, makes Shell a novel of energy and enlightenment, and, to boot, a source of delightful reading' -- Tom Keneally `... A beguiling, original and beautifully written imagining of Sydney of the sixties. This will be Olsson's international breakout book' -- Gail Jones

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