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Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 Peeling the Onion
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Athletic, popular, 'normal' Anna is badly injured in a car accident and as she slowly and painfully heals she feels the layers of her familiar self being peeled away.

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Spinal cord injury.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view First person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1996 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 166p.
      ISBN: 1863739475
    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2007 .
      image of person or book cover 1461221588014397390.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Reprinted: 2013 (as ebook)
      ISBN: 9781741149333, 1741149339
Alternative title: La mia vita fatta di strati
Language: Italian
    • Trieste,
      c
      Italy,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Edizioni E. Elle ,
      1997 .
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      Extent: 181p.
      ISBN: 8847701155

Works about this Work

Abjection in Contemporary Australian Young Adult Fiction Kim Wilson , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 11 no. 3 2001; (p. 24-31)

Wilson argues that '...[A]n understanding of abjection is crucial to perceiving both the implied and explicit limitations placed upon the human construction of agency and the effect it has on the construction of teenagers within story discourses' (24). Wilson critiques three novels, Night Train (Judith Clarke), Touching Earth Lightly (Margo Lanagan) and Peeling the Onion (Wendy Orr) alongside the concept of abjection, which is 'intimately associated with the repulsive, despicable and loathsome aspects of human nature and society ' (24). Wilson points out how most young adult novels are concerned with narratives of maturation and the construction of (adult) subjectivity and as such abjection 'is a constant threat to subjective development' through its ability to disturb ordered systems, which includes one's identity (24). According to Wilson,the novels demonstrate an 'ubiquitous concern...with issues of subjectivity and maturation' in fiction for young adult readers and essentially support the view that 'the identity of the subject engulfed by abjection will ultimately be erased' (29-30).

Writers Up Close Jill Swanwick , 1999 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 March 1999; (p. 4-5)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1997 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 41 no. 3 1997; (p. 4-13)
An overview of the entries, shortlisted, and award winners for the 1997 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award
An Act of Discovery Wendy Orr , 1997 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 5 no. 1 1997; (p. 18-19)
Coming of Age Margaret Dunkle , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , June 1997; (p. 26 - 31)

— Review of Peeling the Onion Wendy Orr , 1996 single work novel ; Victor's Quest Pamela Freeman , 1996 single work children's fiction
[Review] Peeling the Onion Judith James , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 40 no. 4 1996; (p. 40-41)

— Review of Peeling the Onion Wendy Orr , 1996 single work novel
[Review] Peeling the Onion Anne Briggs , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 11 no. 4 1996; (p. 38)

— Review of Peeling the Onion Wendy Orr , 1996 single work novel
First Fumbles, Fact and Fiction Linnet Hunter , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 August-1 September 1996; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Asturias Brian Caswell , 1996 single work novel ; The First Time : True Stories 1996 anthology short story ; Peeling the Onion Wendy Orr , 1996 single work novel
The Elusive Line Between Truth and What is Imagined Stephen Matthews , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 September 1996; (p. C11)

— Review of Peeling the Onion Wendy Orr , 1996 single work novel ; Lily and Me Moses Aaron , 1996 single work children's fiction
[Review] Peeling the Onion Olivia Craze , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , July vol. 76 no. 1071 1996; (p. 78)

— Review of Peeling the Onion Wendy Orr , 1996 single work novel
The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1997 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 41 no. 3 1997; (p. 4-13)
An overview of the entries, shortlisted, and award winners for the 1997 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award
Writers Up Close Jill Swanwick , 1999 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 March 1999; (p. 4-5)
An Act of Discovery Wendy Orr , 1997 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 5 no. 1 1997; (p. 18-19)
Abjection in Contemporary Australian Young Adult Fiction Kim Wilson , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 11 no. 3 2001; (p. 24-31)

Wilson argues that '...[A]n understanding of abjection is crucial to perceiving both the implied and explicit limitations placed upon the human construction of agency and the effect it has on the construction of teenagers within story discourses' (24). Wilson critiques three novels, Night Train (Judith Clarke), Touching Earth Lightly (Margo Lanagan) and Peeling the Onion (Wendy Orr) alongside the concept of abjection, which is 'intimately associated with the repulsive, despicable and loathsome aspects of human nature and society ' (24). Wilson points out how most young adult novels are concerned with narratives of maturation and the construction of (adult) subjectivity and as such abjection 'is a constant threat to subjective development' through its ability to disturb ordered systems, which includes one's identity (24). According to Wilson,the novels demonstrate an 'ubiquitous concern...with issues of subjectivity and maturation' in fiction for young adult readers and essentially support the view that 'the identity of the subject engulfed by abjection will ultimately be erased' (29-30).

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