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Ursula Dubosarsky


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A ghost story about a dolls' house, based on the childhood writings of Kathleen and Nina Rouse who lived at the Rouse Hill Estate west of Sydney in the late 19th century.  Winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature.  

‘For every child that is lost,” said Dr Fleet, his voice dropping, "another must be found.” Sarah shook her head at the floor. “In the circle,” whispered Dr Fleet, “there can be no gaps, no spaces. Loss and gain, a child for a child. There is a circle. A child for a child, for a child.” The children play with a mysterious doll’s house on a remote Australian property named “Abyssinia”. Or are the children really dolls themselves? 

"Kathleen had a particular interest in doll play, often staging grand pageants, weddings and funerals in the nursery at Rouse Hill and re-writing popular Victorian melodramatic novels to record the social life of her dolls. She even published these in a house journal called the Rouse Hill Gazette. This doll has led a vigorous, and slightly mysterious life." - Sydney Living Museums

Enriching, uplifting and deeply satisfying. - The Canberra Times

A wonderful book of great intensity - Andersen (Italy)

Brilliantly evokes the often-shadowy place of childhood, but at the core is an intriguing story that will have younger readers asking questions that adults won’t be able to answer. - The Age 

About the author:

Winner of nine Premier's Literary Awards and the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award and nominated internationally for both the Astrid Lindgren and Hans Christian Andersen awards.  Ursula’s work has been published widely throughout the English-speaking world and translated into fourteen different languages. Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children's Laureate 2020-2021.

Ursula Dubosarsky
Published June 2017
129mm x 198mm
160 Pages
ISBN 9781521506660

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