y Watercolours single work   novel  
Alternative title: In Light of Silk
Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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'Eleven-year-old Novi just wants to blend in, but it isn′t easy when you′re named after a type of silkworm and have the most eccentric family in town. A descendant of the first Italian silk-growers in northern New South Wales, he is an obsessive artist with a habit of drawing the stories of the people around him and a secret conviction that the river murdered his grandfather.

'Dom Best is new in town, new to teaching and alarmed to discover that one of his young students is gifted. Hindered by inexperience, he must overcome his lack of confidence to support Novi′s talent, encouraging the boy to unleash the secrets of his unusual family history through his art. Little does he know the devastating consequences his involvement in Novi′s life will have.

'Drawing on the little-known history of silk growing in Australia, Watercolours explores how people are shaped by their links to the past and their relationship to the place in which they live. This surprising and poignant debut novel explores the struggle between art and censorship, personal faith and self-doubt, and celebrates the beautiful clarity and colour a child′s eye-view can bring to the adult world.' (From the publisher's website.)

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2003
Notes:
Manuscript submitted to the 2003 Popular Fiction Competition.
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      (Manuscript) assertion
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2011 .
      Extent: 342p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 May 2011.
      ISBN: 9780732292164 (pbk.), 9780730494218 (ebk.)

Works about this Work

Untitled Rebecca Butterworth , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 90 no. 7 2011; (p. 33)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 May 2011; (p. 21)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 21 May 2011; (p. 30)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Reflections on Troubled Waters Louise Swinn , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 - 5 June 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Water under Water Peter Rix 2011 single work novel ; Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Artistry and Drama in Tale Spun Like Silk Bron Sibree , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 - 12 June 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Free Time, Fresh Figs and Siestas Adrienne Ferreira , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , November no. 132 2003; (p. 13)
Untitled Rebecca Butterworth , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 90 no. 7 2011; (p. 33)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 May 2011; (p. 21)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 21 May 2011; (p. 30)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Reflections on Troubled Waters Louise Swinn , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 - 5 June 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Water under Water Peter Rix 2011 single work novel ; Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Artistry and Drama in Tale Spun Like Silk Bron Sibree , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 - 12 June 2011; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Watercolours Adrienne Ferreira 2003 single work novel
Free Time, Fresh Figs and Siestas Adrienne Ferreira , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , November no. 132 2003; (p. 13)

Awards

2012 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2003 joint runner-up Popular Fiction Competition Prize awarded to the manuscript titled 'In Light of Silk'.
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