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Ten-year-old Cub lives with her parents, older brother Cassie, and twin brother Wally on a lonely property bordering an abandoned cattle farm and knackery. Their lives are shadowed by the infamous actions of her Granddad Les in his yellow weatherboard house, just over the fence.
Although Les died twelve years ago, his notoriety has grown in Cub’s lifetime and the local community have ostracised the whole family. When Cub’s estranged aunt Helena and cousin Tilly move next door into the yellow house, the secrets the family want to keep buried begin to bubble to the surface. And having been kept in the dark about her grandfather’s crimes, Cub is now forced to come to terms with her family’s murky history.
About the Author
Emily O’Grady was born in Brisbane in 1991. The Yellow House is her first novel. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Westerly, Australian Poetry Journal, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue Fiction Edition and Award Winning Australian Writing. In 2012 she won the QUT Undergraduate Writing Prize, and in 2013 she won the QUT Postgraduate Writing Prize.
Read this one for book club, as it was an award winner. A tale about whether anyone can truly escape the ghosts of the past and the things your family have done before you. I found the narrative difficult and had trouble caring about any of the characters in the book. Truly, they were not nice people - it's hard to imagine there was ever the possibility of them being redeemed.
Riveting, Australian and Suspenseful. Loved it from start to finish! Looking forward to the author's next work.
Could put it down. Thankyou Emily O'Grady
The first few pages I read I was right there in the book.
a dark and powerful debut novel
"The road was like a liquorice strap, splitting the scrub and the hills in two. On the other side, plum trees sprung from the pale green mounds. Sometimes, in fire season, the mountains were hazy, the smoke from the grass fires curling into the sky in plumes, as if from little campsites on the hills. The sunset sparkled and everything was orange, everything was magic. But not that day. The sky was blue but dull, clouds a colourless blur. Nothing sparkled through the leaves. Nothing was orange."
The Yellow House is the first novel by Australian author, Emily O'Grady. It is winner of the 2018 Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Ten-year-old Cub (almost eleven) lives with her family (mum, dad, Cassie and her twin brother, Wally) next to the yellow house. The yellow house is part of an abandoned farm with a knackery past the bottom paddock, the one Wally says is haunted. The yellow house is where Grandad Les used to live before he died, twelve years ago.
Cub's only friend is her brother Wally: no-one at school will be her friend. Cub knows it's because of what Grandad Les did, before they were even born. So when her Aunt Helena from the city to live there with her daughter, Cub is desperate for cousin Tilly to be her friend. "All I knew was that there was no way I was going to tell Tilly about Les. She'd never want to play with us again if she knew what we were really like, who we had inside of us. What kind of person our bones were made from."
But Tilly goes to a different school and makes other friends. Meanwhile, Cub's older brother has made himself a dangerous friend. Cub can feel it, instinctively knows Ian is trouble, but Cassie seems blind, overlooking Ian's morbid fascination with their grandad's crimes. When Cub stumbles upon evidence of misdeeds "I wished I could take this out of my brain and bury it in the dirt."
O'Grady easily evokes the childhood innocence and the petty grievances that lead to shifting loyalties in early adolescence. With no friend to con
Couldn't put it down
Incredible work! Poetic and terrifying.
The Yellow House
‘Such energy and precision in the writing, not to mention originality’ – Tegan Bennett Daylight, award-winning author of Six Bedrooms and competition judge
‘A truly visually delightful and compelling narrative with a terrific balance of tension, horror and beauty. Quintessentially Australian’ – Megan O’Brien, bookseller and competition judge
ISBN: 9781760632854 ISBN-10: 1760632856 Audience:
Published: 24th April 2018 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3