A Distant Prospect by Annette Young

A Distant Prospect

byAnnette Young

Kobo ebook | December 8, 2012

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In 1928 Sydney, Australia, an Irish school girl finds new hope, after polio and personal tragedy, while playing cello in a string quartet.

"“… if there has been a more brilliant novel produced on this soil I haven’t read it.” - Dr Susan Moore, The Catholic Weekly

“beautiful and poignant”, “graphic and colourful”, “a marvellous premiere” - Christine McCarthy

“The author’s … love for and extensive knowledge of music, fine arts and literature shines through” ... “The landscapes are vast and vivid, the seasons sensory and real, and the emotional journey heart-wrenching.” ... “some of the most profound considerations on the meaning of suffering and understanding others, making allowances for their faults” - GoodReadingGuide.com 

Back cover synopsis: 

Australia promised a fresh start for Lucy Straughan and her father when they fled war-torn Ireland. Instead, Lucy was stricken by polio. 

Having mastered the cello during her prolonged confinement, Lucy is now fifteen, lonely and full of questions. Suddenly she is thrust into a string quartet and meets quixotic Della Sotheby, hot-headed Pim Connolly and precocious Phoebe Raye. The experience transforms each of their lives as they forge friendships and share not a few family secrets. 

Set against the vivid background of 1920s Sydney, A Distant Prospect is an intimate, hilarious and ultimately deeply moving coming-of-age adventure told with a touch of poetry by a quintessentially Irish narrator.

Title:A Distant ProspectFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 8, 2012Publisher:Distant Prospect PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0987435124

ISBN - 13:9780987435125

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful work of Catholic fiction “A Distant Prospect” by Annette Young is a beautifully Catholic novel that conveys truth, goodness and beauty; but it does not bore the reader with sermonising or goody two shoes perfect characters. The story is told from the first person perspective of Lucy Straughan who, with her father, has moved to Sydney Australia to escape the troubles in Ireland in the 1920’s. Shortly after arriving in Sydney, Lucy is struck with polio and becomes crippled. Since recovering from her illness and learning to walk again with the help of leg braces and crutches, Lucy has taken solace in learning to play the cello. The story begins when Lucy is 15 and off to her first day of school. Lucy is helped through the struggles of school life through her friendship with the sweet- natured Della. Their music teacher, the firm but warm-hearted Mrs Epstein, suggests they start a string quartet and we are introduced to sensible Pim and petulant Phoebe. The characters have fascinating back-stories and as the plot continues we watch the back-stories weave together. The reader is treated to luscious descriptions of the beautiful music they learn to make together. Each of the four girls, as well as characters like Lucy’s father Morgan and Mrs Epstein, grapple with their own crosses and are supported with their struggles by the friendships they forge with each other. They learn about forgiveness, hope and love as they support each other on their personal journeys. With such vivid characters and impeccable writing, “A Distant Prospect” is a novel I would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2015-03-21