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The Torch

Peter Twohig


9780732299019

Harper Collins


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


Paperback

304 pages

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The sequel to the much-loved novel The Cartographer.

Melbourne, 1960:  Mrs Blayney and her twelve-year-old son live in South Richmond. At least, they did, until their house burnt down. The prime suspect - one Keith Aloysius Gonzaga Kavanagh, also aged 12 - has mysteriously disappeared. Our narrator, the Blayney kid, sets off on a covert mission to find young Keith, who he privately dubs 'Flame Boy', to save him from the small army of irate locals - not to mention his mother - who want to see him put away.

Flame Boy has not only made himself scarce, but he's done so with a very important briefcase of secrets, which the kid is keen to get hold of for his grandfather, a shady character who has some secrets of his own. But the kid has got a lot going on: he's also organising a new gang of kids; coping with the ups and downs of having a girl friend (who likes to kiss - a lot); trying to avoid Keith's dangerous prison-escapee father, Fergus Kavanagh, also an arsonist, who is suspected of selling secrets to the Russians; and all the while wondering how he can get his hands on the most beautiful object in the world: the Melbourne Olympic Torch. 

A madcap, brilliantly shambolic and irresistibly fun novel about loss, discovery and living life to the full, The Torch is a ripper of a ride.

By:   Peter Twohig
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   634g
ISBN:   9780732299019
ISBN 10:   0732299012
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   January 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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