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y The Gift of Speed single work   novel  
Is part of Glenroy Series Steven Carroll 2001 series - author novel (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The history of his summer is written in the grass ... In 1960 the West Indies arrive in Australia, bringing with them a carnival of music, colour and possibility. Michael, who is sixteen, is enthralled. If, like his heroes, he has the gift of speed, he will move beyond his suburb into the great world ... And yet, as his summer unfolds, Michael realises that there are other ways to live. When the calypso chorus accompanying Frank Worrell and his team fades, Michael has learnt many things ... about his parents, his suburb, a girl called Kathleen Marsden, and about himself.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Dedication: To Leo
  • The Gift of Speed is framed within the 1960-1961 West Indian cricket tour of Australia.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2004 .
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      Extent: 353p.
      Description: port.
      ISBN: 0732278325 (pbk.)
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2012 .
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      Extent: 384p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 18 December 2012
      ISBN: 9781743099698
Alternative title: Die Gabe der Geschwindigkeit
Language: German
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Liebeskind , 2007 .
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      Extent: 335p.
      ISBN: 9783935890458 3935890451

Works about this Work

Colonising Time : Steven Carroll’s Reinvention of Suburbia Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;
'Suburbia is a familiar topos in Australian fiction. Its address to colonisation is mostly oblique, yielded through its focus on the inauthenticity and restlessness of a settler modernity typically sourced in the white Anglo culture of pre 1970s decades. Yet the actual suburbs of postwar Australia are multiplicitous and shifting, always in tension with the imagined terrain of fictional suburbia. My paper explores literary suburbs as constituted by a complex set of orientations towards the real and the imagined. It reads the ways that Steven Carroll’s fictional suburbia indexes real world localities, while simultaneously serving as locus for reinvention of the novel in Australia, through forms of interior consciousness and temporality affiliated with European models of literary modernism. In Spirit of Progress (2011), Carroll's narrative engages with classic Anglo-Australian suburbia as a representational field, working with and against the real of history, even as it mines the seam of suburbia as a site of both colonization and forgetting, and of longing and return.' (Author's abstract)
Celebrating Suburbia Nathanael O'Reilly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exploring Suburbia: The Suburbs in the Contemporary Australian Novel 2012; (p. 303-334)
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary Gia Metherell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 June 2008; (p. B4)
Present Tense With Meaning Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 March 2007; (p. 13)
Real Life? Paul Gillen , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 182 2006; (p. 64-67)

— Review of The Marriage of the Sea Jane Alison 2003 single work novel ; The Singing Stephanie Bishop 2005 single work novel ; Black Diamonds and Dust Greg Bogaerts 2005 single work novel ; The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel ; Another Joel Deane 2004 single work novel ; The Remarkable Resurrection of Lazaros X Les Terry 2004 single work autobiography ; The Lost Tribe Jane Downing 2005 single work novel ; Chronicle of the Unsung Martin Edmond 2004 single work autobiography ; Integrity John Hough 2004 single work novel ; Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe Wayne Macauley 2004 single work novella ; Scraps of Heaven Arnold Zable 2004 single work novel
Dark Downs Thriller Stands Tall on Short List Rosemary Sorensen , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2005; (p. 3)
Prize Fighters Booked for Crack at the Franklin Murray Waldren , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 2005; (p. 3)
A Summer in the Life of a Teenager Peter Pierce , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 July 2004; (p. 7a)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Celebration of a Moment in a Younger Age Liam Davison , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 July - 1 August 2004; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Nostalgic Textures James Bradley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 263 2004; (p. 56)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Playing the Game of Life David Mayocchi , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 August 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
A Premium Blend Peter Pierce , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 August vol. 122 no. 6435 2004; (p. 65)

— Review of Ophelia's Fan Christine Balint 2004 single work novel ; Spirit Wrestlers Thomas Shapcott 2004 single work novel ; Rhubarb Craig Silvey 2004 single work novel ; Furies John Charalambous 2004 single work novel ; The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Beyond the Boundary Michael McGirr , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 August 2004; (p. 4)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Thwack of Leather on Ming's Suburbia Paul Maley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 August 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Cardboard Figures Fielding Life Shane McCauley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 October 2004; (p. 9)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
A Summer in the Life of a Teenager Peter Pierce , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 July 2004; (p. 7a)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Celebration of a Moment in a Younger Age Liam Davison , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 July - 1 August 2004; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Nostalgic Textures James Bradley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 263 2004; (p. 56)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Playing the Game of Life David Mayocchi , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 August 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
A Premium Blend Peter Pierce , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 August vol. 122 no. 6435 2004; (p. 65)

— Review of Ophelia's Fan Christine Balint 2004 single work novel ; Spirit Wrestlers Thomas Shapcott 2004 single work novel ; Rhubarb Craig Silvey 2004 single work novel ; Furies John Charalambous 2004 single work novel ; The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Beyond the Boundary Michael McGirr , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 August 2004; (p. 4)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Thwack of Leather on Ming's Suburbia Paul Maley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 August 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Cardboard Figures Fielding Life Shane McCauley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 October 2004; (p. 9)

— Review of The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel
Real Life? Paul Gillen , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 182 2006; (p. 64-67)

— Review of The Marriage of the Sea Jane Alison 2003 single work novel ; The Singing Stephanie Bishop 2005 single work novel ; Black Diamonds and Dust Greg Bogaerts 2005 single work novel ; The Gift of Speed Steven Carroll 2004 single work novel ; Another Joel Deane 2004 single work novel ; The Remarkable Resurrection of Lazaros X Les Terry 2004 single work autobiography ; The Lost Tribe Jane Downing 2005 single work novel ; Chronicle of the Unsung Martin Edmond 2004 single work autobiography ; Integrity John Hough 2004 single work novel ; Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe Wayne Macauley 2004 single work novella ; Scraps of Heaven Arnold Zable 2004 single work novel
Dark Downs Thriller Stands Tall on Short List Rosemary Sorensen , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2005; (p. 3)
Prize Fighters Booked for Crack at the Franklin Murray Waldren , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 2005; (p. 3)
Present Tense With Meaning Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 March 2007; (p. 13)
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary Gia Metherell , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 June 2008; (p. B4)
Celebrating Suburbia Nathanael O'Reilly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exploring Suburbia: The Suburbs in the Contemporary Australian Novel 2012; (p. 303-334)
Colonising Time : Steven Carroll’s Reinvention of Suburbia Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;
'Suburbia is a familiar topos in Australian fiction. Its address to colonisation is mostly oblique, yielded through its focus on the inauthenticity and restlessness of a settler modernity typically sourced in the white Anglo culture of pre 1970s decades. Yet the actual suburbs of postwar Australia are multiplicitous and shifting, always in tension with the imagined terrain of fictional suburbia. My paper explores literary suburbs as constituted by a complex set of orientations towards the real and the imagined. It reads the ways that Steven Carroll’s fictional suburbia indexes real world localities, while simultaneously serving as locus for reinvention of the novel in Australia, through forms of interior consciousness and temporality affiliated with European models of literary modernism. In Spirit of Progress (2011), Carroll's narrative engages with classic Anglo-Australian suburbia as a representational field, working with and against the real of history, even as it mines the seam of suburbia as a site of both colonization and forgetting, and of longing and return.' (Author's abstract)
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