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Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - BETWEEN THE LINES - KATHARINE ENG­LAND

When 14-year-old Nic’s fa­ther goes off to play in a band on a cruise ship she is left on the an­ces­tral fam­ily prop­erty with her dour grand­fa­ther, a per­pet­ual diet of sausages and no con­nec­tiv­ity.

At a very loose end, she ex­plores the old house and dis­cov­ers a place where she can cross over into the home­stead’s past. Here she meets some of her fore­bears and is a shocked wit­ness to the fact that her in­her­i­tance is one of hor­ror and shame. A school his­tory project gives her the means to con­front a past that the lo­cal landown­ers have long kept hid­den and to make some sort of amends to those they so bru­tally dis­placed.

Wilkin­son (Dragonkeeper se­ries) has pro­duced a book of strik­ing in­tegrity and won­der­ful pe­riod de­tail.

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