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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Sixty Lights
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'Sixty Lights is the captivating chronicle of Lucy Strange, an independent girl growing up in the Victorian world. From her childhood in Australia through to her adolescence in England and Bombay and finally to London, Lucy is fascinated by light and by the new photographic technology. Her perception of the world is passionate and moving, revealed in a series of frozen images captured in the camera of her mind's eye showing her feelings about love, life and loss. In this confident, finely woven and intricate novel Jones has created an unforgettable character in Lucy; visionary, gifted and exuberant, she touches the lives of all who know her.' (Publication summary)

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  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

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Dedication: For my brothers, Peter and Kevin Jones.
    • London,
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      Harvill Press ,
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      Extent: 249p.
      ISBN: 1843431963 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      Vintage ,
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      Extent: 249p.p.
      ISBN: 9780099472032, 0099472031
Alternative title: La memoria de la luz
Language: Spanish
    • Barcelona,
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      Spain,
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      Roca Editorial ,
      2005 .
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      Extent: 282p.
      ISBN: 8496284638

Works about this Work

Camera, Colony, Künstlerroman : Photography in Three Australian Novels Lucy Van , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , vol. 42 no. 1 2018; (p. 116-130)
Sea Travel and Femininity in Gail Jones's Sixty Lights : The Female Global Citizen Daný Van Dam , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Partial Answers : Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas , January vol. 16 no. 1 2018; (p. 109-124)

'Lucy Strange, the protagonist of Gail Jones' Sixty Lights (2004), can be seen as an early example of a global citizen. Travelling between the periphery and the center of the British Empire, Lucy repeatedly makes sea-journeys that last for months—a kind of journey that no longer exists in today's world. Although this travelling helps shape her identity, it also makes her incapable of calling any one location her home. This article discusses the portrayal of Lucy as a modern 19th-century woman who is simultaneously a 21st century, neo-Victorian creation. It analyzes the links between femininity and voyages in the novel. Lucy's travels serve to depict the movement of women and mothers across the sea as an inherent part of globalization, writing them into what was often seen as a development led by male adventurers and businessmen. Jones presents Lucy as a young woman at the edge of modernity. Nevertheless, Lucy's lack of rootedness also questions whether travelling requires different—more modern—constructions of female identity.' (Publication abstract)

Paratactic Stammers : Temporality in the Novels of Gail Jones Saadi Nikro , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 1 2016;

'Norman Saadi Nikro’s essay, ‘Paractatic Stammers: Temporality in the Novels of Gail Jones,’ sets out to explore how Jones’ ‘sense of fascination and wonder with the technology and culture of modernism informs the phenomenology and tenor of her novelistic style, especially the characters that emerge through the wave lengths of this style.’ Addressing himself to Jones’ literary fiction published to date, Nikro seeks to ‘track the duration in her novels whereby memory, history and story are experienced by her characters as something like intersections, intervals nor spacings, taut and tense folds or pleats in which time is riven by “a strange accession to memory and speech,” as the character Perdita comes to learn in Jones’s Sorry (202).’ Drawing in part on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and on Gilles Deleuze’s ‘engagement with the work of Bergson,’ Nikro examines in Jones the ‘relational contiguity of parts whose variable movements and orientations to one another bring about a transfiguration of their subjective capacities (as in Perdita’s realisation of her stuttering as a relational dynamic).’ ‘Paractatic Stammers: Temporality in the Novels of Gail Jones,’ offers a rich and original reading of Jones’ fiction, both sympathetic and critically rigorous. Echoing Jones’ own views on modernity, Nikro traces in her novels a poetics of modernity that inflects both the writing and the thematics of the work. ‘Jones’s prose style,’ he suggests, ‘what she calls “a kind of prose poetics’” (Royo Grasa 1), calls attention to the gaps and intervals by which the temporality of narration is not only possible, but rendered a vacant site for the stammer of an interruptive image or voice encompassing an alternative engagement of time and its graphic imprints.’ Like Kirkpatrick, Nikro too highlights the forceful way in which an Australian author develops a distinct narrative voice, in the case of Jones one informed by a constant intertwining of local and global aesthetic and political sensibilities.' (Editor's introduction)

Memory : The Theatre of the Past John Ryan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 13 2014; (p. 156-163)
From Innocent to Evil: The Representation of the Child in the Works of Gail Jones Fiona Duthie , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 126-147)
Framed by Loss Liam Davison , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 August 2004; (p. 12)

— Review of Sixty Lights Gail Jones , 2004 single work novel
Humanity in Focus Through a Camera Lens James Bradley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 August 2004; (p. 4)

— Review of Sixty Lights Gail Jones , 2004 single work novel
Artistic Light into the Future Bron Sibree , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 28 August 2004; (p. 7)

— Review of Sixty Lights Gail Jones , 2004 single work novel
Celluloid Path to Enlightenment James Ley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 September 2004; (p. 10)

— Review of Sixty Lights Gail Jones , 2004 single work novel
Strange Things Aviva Tuffield , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 264 2004; (p. 45)

— Review of Sixty Lights Gail Jones , 2004 single work novel
Writing in Light: Insights in a Flash Bron Sibree , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 August 2004; (p. 1a-2a)
Reading Groups and Creative Writing Courses : The Year's Work in Fiction Susan Lever , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 49 no. 2004; (p. 164-175)
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)
Forgotten Novel Proves a Winner 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 May 2005; (p. 6)
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