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Glasshopper (Paperback)
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Glasshopper (Paperback)

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Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 17/09/2009
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At once troubling, funny and joyous, this is an intimate, lyrical and deeply moving novel of an ordinary family crumbling under the weight of past mistakes. Isabel Ashdown's captivating debut vividly brings to life the gentility of a 1950s childhood, the free-spirited hedonism of the Sixties, and the urban domesticity of 1980s Portsmouth. Thirteen-year-old Jake's world is unravelling as his father and older brother leave home, and his mother plunges into alcoholic freefall. Despite his turbulent home life, Jake is an irrepressible teenager and his troubled mother is not the only thing on his mind: there's the hi-fi he's saving up for, his growing passion for Greek mythology (and his pretty classics teacher), and the anticipation of brief visits to see his dad. When his parents reconcile, life finally seems to be looking up. Their first family holiday, announced over scampi and chips in the Royal Oak, promises to be the icing on the cake - until long-unspoken family secrets begin to surface.

Publisher: Myriad Editions
ISBN: 9780954930974
Number of pages: 344
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: UK ed.

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“Definitely one to put on your reading list”

This story of family life is told in two threads - both told in the first person. The threads alternate between Jake (the middle son) and Mary. Mary’s thread allows us a brief look into her childhood/teens which helps... More

Paperback edition
3rd April 2011
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“Loved this first book by Isabel Ashdown”

Glasshopper is Isabel Ashdown's very first novel and I thouroughly enjoyed every page. Glasshopper won the Observer Best Debut Novels of the Year. Isabel Ashdown lives in West Sussex with her husband who is an... More

Paperback edition
11th November 2013
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“Glasshopper”

This is brilliantly written and easy to read. I couldn't put this book down.

Paperback edition
19th September 2009
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