Taking refuge in the attic room they have always shared, Isabel and Rocco spend their days eavesdropping on their parents' turbulent relationship, dissecting the intricacies of London life. But when their parents inexplicably abandon them, Isabel and Rocco find themselves alone - and free from the rules and restrictions of the adult world.
My brother Rocco doesn't understand what I mean when I say that pleasure is polluted after the first time. I realize it can get more intense, but it doesn't get any better. Taking refuge in the attic room they have always shared, Isabel and Rocco spend their days eavesdropping on their parents' turbulent relationship, dissecting the intricacies of London life and discovering for themselves the 'first times' which will gradually pull them away from the simplicity of childhood. But when their parents suddenly and inexplicably abandon them, Isabel and Rocco find themselves alone - and free from the rules and restrictions of the adult world. As the house around them slowly begins to disintegrate, so too do the lines between adolescence and experience, and brother and sister retreat further and further from the threatening outside world. But when crisis looms, their ever-growing dependency on each other is put to the ultimate test.
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'Stothard's claustrophobic and compelling atmosphere of sadistic sexual fizz between her two main characters keeps the reader gripped' -- "The Times 'The novel is ultimately a dark description of adolescence -- surly and oversexed, vulnerable and murderous... it is remarkably accomplished' -- "The Observer 'Hypnotic, transgressive and enclosed... the quality of the writing is remarkable. Stothard gives Isabel a feverish lucidity which makes her see the truth but balk at knowing it.' -- Helen Dunmore 'She beats the young Francoise Sagan to pulp. She takes the everyday and turns it into something urgent, wondrous and alarmingly erotic. Is Camden Town really like this? Yes. See how she breathes new life into old literature.' -- Fay Weldon
About Anna Stothard
Anna Stothard was born in 1983. She is currently spending her gap year in Italy and China before going up to Oxford in autumn 2003.
Isabel And Rocco by Anna Stothard
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Short-listed for YoungMinds Book Award 2003
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