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Sixty Lights By Gail Jones

Sixty Lights

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This is the story of Lucy Strange, a photographer, while the art is in its infancy, in the 1870s. It tracks her life from her childhood in Australia, to her stormy adolescence in England and India and finally to her death in London at the age of 23. She is a remarkable character: forthright, gifted, passionate and canny.

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Sixty Lights by Gail Jones

"Photography has without doubt made her a seer; she is a woman of the future, someone leaning into time, beyond others, precarious, unafraid to fall..." This is the story of Lucy Strange, a photographer, while the art is in its infancy, in the 1870s, who exists in an extraordinarily heightened state of seeing and imagining. Her tale is told in sixty illuminated parts - using candlelight, flames, lightning, gas-lamps, mirrors, magic lanterns and, most mysteriously, lit faces and bodies. In a contracted, almost modernist form, Sixty Lights tracks Lucy's life from her childhood in Australia, to her stormy adolescence in England and India and finally to her death in London at the age of twenty-three. It is a life abbreviated, but not a life diminished: she is a remarkable character, forthright, gifted, passionate and canny. Sixty Lights plays powerfully with Victorian tropes and texts - orphans, inheritances, Great Expectations - setting them against the technological revolution in seeing that is inspired by photography. Written with astute imagistic precision, the story is deeply layered, fluctuating between past, present and future. This is an impressive UK debut from a prize-winning

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About Gail Jones


Gail Jones teaches in the department of English, Communications and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of short stories and one previous novel which have been published in Australia and for which she has won numerous awards.

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GOR000944112
Sixty Lights by Gail Jones
Gail Jones
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2004-09-02
256
1843431955
9781843431954
N/A
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