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Virginia Patricia Duigan Virginia Patricia Duigan i(A19072 works by) (a.k.a. V. Duigan)
Born: Established: 1945 ;
Gender: Female
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Duigan grew up in England and in Victoria where she studied English and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in the UK and has also worked for the National Times as a theatre and film critic. Duigan is the sister of the film-maker John Duigan who made the film The Leading Man (1997) from her script.

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y separately published work icon The Precipice North Sydney : Vintage Australia , 2011 Z1768495 2011 single work novel

'Thea Farmer, a reclusive and difficult retired school principal, lives in isolation with her dog in the Blue Mountains. Her distinguished career ended under a cloud over a decade earlier, following a scandal involving a much younger male teacher. After losing her savings in the financial crash, she is forced to sell the dream house she had built for her old age and live on in her dilapidated cottage opposite.

'Initially resentful and hostile towards Frank and Ellice, the young couple who buy the new house, Thea develops a flirtatious friendship with Frank, and then a grudging affinity with his twelve-year-old niece, Kim, who lives with them. Although she has never much liked children, Thea discovers a gradual and wholly unexpected bond with the half-Vietnamese Kim, a solitary, bookish child from a troubled background.

'Her growing sympathy with Kim propels Thea into a psychological minefield. Finding Frank's behaviour increasingly irresponsible, she becomes convinced that all is not well in the house. Unsettling suspicions, which may or may not be irrational, begin to dominate her life, and build towards a catastrophic climax.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2012 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
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