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Peter Twohig
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The Cartographer

Peter Twohig


Harper Collins

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


400 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The back streets of Richmond, Melbourne, in1959 are full of dangers and wonders if you’re a boy who inhabits the role of superhero - one with an absent father, a grief stricken mother who can barely look at him, and the only adult who listens to him being a petty-criminal grandfather. Having seen his twin brother Tom die in a tragic accident, he wanders his suburb aimlessly, exploring and taking advantage of open doors (and closed ones, as well) climbing fences and spying into windows. On one of his nocturnal adventures, he witnesses a vicious murder - and the killer sees him watching. From then on, the boy is both drawn back to the house, and tries to avoid the places he has seen the murderer. To this end he draws a map, and takes on the role of The Cartographer, leading him to more mysteries as he observes Richmond’s underlife. His acute observations are tempered by his innocence, and the reader understands more than he does… I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The language is grounded in the vernacular of the time and is highly entertaining, but there is a thread of sorrow and darkness beneath the exuberance. Lindy


Set in the 1950s, a 10-year-old boy witnesses a murder when he is spying through a window of a strange house. In the following weeks he comes to map out all the significant adventures he has in the labyrinthine city trying to make sure he doesn't cross the path of the murderer, who he believes wishes to silence and dispose of him. Comics and superheroes inform his strategies for avoiding the bogeyman, and remembering his twin brother, Tom, who recently died in a tragic accident. The Cartographer is a touching novel for readers captivated by the stories of Jonathan Safran Foer, Mark Haddon, Craig Silvey, and Markus Zusak.

By:   Peter Twohig
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   274g
ISBN:   9780732293178
ISBN 10:   0732293170
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   October 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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