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Signs of Flight (Paperback)

Catherine Skipper

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Paperback. The stories in this collection are funny, charming and yet poignant at the same time. Set in 1940s Melbourne our intermediary, Connie, a socially marginal and observant little girl, takes .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 102 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 9781925230970

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Title: Signs of Flight (Paperback)

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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The stories in this collection are funny, charming and yet poignant at the same time. Set in 1940s Melbourne our intermediary, Connie, a socially marginal and observant little girl, takes in events both every day and sensational without full understanding. The lack of communication between adult and child, except to reprimand, renders the adult world bemusing and untrustworthy. When Connie is innocent of wrongdoing, when she is bullied or even touched inappropriately she knows the futility of defending herself. She tries at times to defend others equally powerless in the prevailing narrow social structure. At the same time, without iPad or iPod, or undue adult protection or interest in her private thoughts, she is free to explore her neighbourhood and to develop her own imaginative world. Her chivalrous adventures as Lady Fuchsia sit oddly with the glowing neon girls of her dreams, who awaken in her a desire for a less insular, more glamorous life. Easy to read and easy to dip into, Signs of Flight evokes a past when Australian suburban society pictures itself as a stable self-contained world, but at the same time the signs of its permeability are clearly visible. Catherine Skipper has crafted a flowing stream of childhood memories with a dream-like quality where time slows down and a simpler life is recalled. Surely an equally entrancing sequel will follow to explore Connie’s entry to adulthood and beyond. —CHRIS MCGUIGAN, KENSINGTON REVIEW This very special book is a keepsake to cherish again and again so you never forget how great it was to be young ... a fantastic read is all about growing up in the 1940s. This is not a book to just read, it is a book to cherish and keep in a special place to pick up and read and read again. — JOHN MORROW’S PICK OF THE WEEK

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On retirement, Catherine Skipper returned to university to pursue cinema studies. She reinvented herself as a reviewer of film, drama and most recently, of dance, as well as occasional curator of art exhibitions. Although she moved to Sydney to live with her daughter four years ago, Melbourne remains the city of her dreams. Her greatest achievement is being a constant companion to the joyful Finnegan, a milky chocolate toy poodle, who brings happiness to many elderly, ailing and disadvantaged people. Suffering from anorexia and panic disorder for a greater part of her life, Catherine Skipper began her fictionalised biography as a way of ‘disembedding’ her memories of growing up in the 40s and renewing the future. At present she is writing a detective story.

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