Monday, August 1, 2011

Sydney Bridge Upside Down (David Ballantyne)

Sydney Bridge Upside Down
David Ballantyne

Blurb: 'There was an old man who lived on the edge of the world and he had a horse called Sydney Bridge Upside Down. He was a scar-faced old man and his horse was a slow-moving bag of bones, and I start with this man and his horse because they were there for all the terrible happenings up the coast that summer, always somewhere around.'

Harry lives in Calliope Bay, on the edge of the world. His mother has gone to the city, perhaps just for the summer, perhaps longer. But while Harry wonders when she'll be back he is free to explore the forbidden and dangerous meatworks, a place where the cries of animals long ago slaughtered can be heard in the wind.

When his beautiful older cousin Caroline arrives, Harry is torn between childish games and his desire to protect her from the attentions of Wiggins the butcher. With terrible consequences.

A great, untamed New Zealand classic, Sydney Bridge Upside Down is a coming-of-age story, a disquieting family tragedy and a sinister gothic thriller.

ISBN: 9781921520020 (Paperback)
Year: 1968
Publisher: Text Publishing
Pages: 278 (Fiction)


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