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Written by Craig Silvey


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Meet Eleanor Rigby: tiny, blind and left behind. Led by her zealous, overprotective guide dog, Warren, she courses constantly through the places she knows. Tired, mired and sequestered from the world, Eleanor can’t shirk the feeling she’s going nowhere slowly. Until, of course, she recognises something in the sound of Ewan Dempsey, reclusive and compulsive maker and player of cellos, who impels in Eleanor a rare moment of caprice …

‘… the novel has the charm of early work such as Gustave Flaubert’s Novembre and Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans.’ The Weekend Australian

’… both sad and hilarious … a daring and moving work.’ The West Australian

‘Written with wry humour and great depth of perception, this moving and often hilarious novel is a must-read.’ Melbourne Weekly


Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist (Winner 2005)

ISBN 9781921361494 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Book Club Reads
Award Winning
Pages 332
Publication Year Originally published 2004, this edition 2008
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Craig Silvey

    Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in the south of Western Australia. His work has been published internationally and the film rights to his novel Jasper Jones were sold to Australian director Rebecca O’Brien in 2012. Read more