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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 Greylands
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'"After a long, long moment, the sound faded, though the air seemed still to throb with the awful anguish of it. 'What was that?' he whispered."

'One wakeful night in the aftermath of his mother's death, Jack enters a land devoid of colour or scent.

'Here he meets the tragic laughing beast and Alice, a strange girl with a secret.

'Will Jack escape before the terrifying wolvers find him?

'Or is he destined to be trapped in the Greylands forever?

'Only the cats know ...' (From the Ford Street website.)

Notes

  • Included in the 1998 White Raven's Catalogue compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Special mention.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1997 .
      Extent: 175p.
      ISBN: 0140387498
Alternative title: Serokraj : Pohadkovy Pribeh
Language: Czech
    • Prague,
      c
      Czech Republic,
      c
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      :
      One Woman Press ,
      1999 .
      Extent: 147p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 8090244386 (pbk.)

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  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

Isobelle Carmody : Red Queen of Fantasy Joy Lawn , 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 33 no. 1 2018; (p. 12-14)
After her room-lighting smile and greeting, the first thing Isobelle Carmody says when we meet in Sydney for Oz ComicCon is , I love learning new things. This is evident from the vivacity and depth of her understanding and engagement with important philosophical questions. She is a whirlwind of enthusiasm and erudition. (Introduction)
Greylands by Isobelle Carmody Francine Sculli , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , October 2012;

— Review of Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction
Lyn Linning Looks at Reprints to Enjoy Again and Introduce to a New Readership Lyn Linning , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 27 no. 5 2012; (p. 41)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette , Gabrielle Carey , 1979 single work novel ; Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction
Fiction : Pick of the Week Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 13 October 2012; (p. 30) The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 October 2012; (p. 32) The Canberra Times , 13 October 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction
Fragile Selves : Constructing Identity in Novels by Margaret Clark, Nette Hilton and Isobel [sic] Carmody Richard Rossiter , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , May vol. 14 no. 1 2004; (p. 34-39)
[Review] Greylands Sue Clancy , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 41 no. 4 1997; (p. 32)

— Review of Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction
Fiction : Pick of the Week Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 13 October 2012; (p. 30) The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 October 2012; (p. 32) The Canberra Times , 13 October 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction
Lyn Linning Looks at Reprints to Enjoy Again and Introduce to a New Readership Lyn Linning , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 27 no. 5 2012; (p. 41)

— Review of Puberty Blues Kathy Lette , Gabrielle Carey , 1979 single work novel ; Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction
Sensitive Story About Teenage Suicide Stephen Matthews , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 December 1997; (p. 18)

— Review of Hothouse Flowers Nette Hilton , 1997 single work novel ; Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction ; Slow Burn Victor Kelleher , 1997 single work novel
Towers of Babble Adrian Mitchell , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 January 1998; (p. 11)

— Review of Greylands Isobelle Carmody , 1997 single work children's fiction ; The Blue Feather Gary Crew , Michael O'Hara , 1997 single work novel ; Under the Cat's Eye Gillian Rubinstein , 1997 single work novel ; Ziggurat Ivan Southall , 1997 single work novel
Fragile Selves : Constructing Identity in Novels by Margaret Clark, Nette Hilton and Isobel [sic] Carmody Richard Rossiter , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , May vol. 14 no. 1 2004; (p. 34-39)
Exciting Writing : Isobelle Carmody Jill Swanwick , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 May 1998; (p. 4-5)
'As If This Were Narnia or Somewhere' : What's Real(ly) Fantasy? An Exploration of John Marsden's 'Tomorrow, When the War Began' and Isobelle Carmody's 'Greylands' Rhona Mayers , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , April vol. 8 no. 1 1998; (p. 18-24)
Mayers is interested in examining the symbiotic relationship between realism and fantasy, which she sees as a 'hybrid twinning of two constructs' rather than two discrete and opposing genres (18). Setting up a comparative reading between Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began and Carmody's Greylands, Mayers contends that Marsden's novel, 'conflates future and past tense' in ways that locate it in the realm of 'speculative fantasy' despite the narrative's dicourse which situates events as 'close to reality' (19). The result is a narrative which according to Mayers, 'negates any solid compatibilty between the two genres [fantasy / realism] and privileges their binary opposition' in ways that manipulate the reader to accept the homogonenized adolescent narrative voice as a reflection of 'real' adolescence experience in contemporary society (20-21). On the other hand, she reads Carmody's novel as one that deftly intergrates the two genres by blurring the boundaries between fantasy and realism in a narrative that 'shifts comfortably between incident and imagination' and enables readers to 'make connections between their experience of dreams and of reality' (21).
Isobelle Carmody : Red Queen of Fantasy Joy Lawn , 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 33 no. 1 2018; (p. 12-14)
After her room-lighting smile and greeting, the first thing Isobelle Carmody says when we meet in Sydney for Oz ComicCon is , I love learning new things. This is evident from the vivacity and depth of her understanding and engagement with important philosophical questions. She is a whirlwind of enthusiasm and erudition. (Introduction)
y separately published work icon Mother What Art Thou? : A Study of the Depiction of Mother Figures in Recent Australian and New Zealand Fiction for Teenagers Jane Siddall , Perth : 2003 18159916 2003 single work thesis

'This thesis is a study of the representations of mothers and mother figures as found in five contemporary (published between 1984 and 1999) novels for teenagers. The focus is on western constructions of motherhood, as both normalising and universalising discourses. Utilising a variety of critical approaches this thesis examines the socio-cultural issues present in the novels in conjunction with western models of maternity. This study argues the category of mother is interdependent upon the category of child. As children's literature often focuses on the development of the child, the mother figures are often read as the “unconscious” of the texts. I examine the extent to which the mother figures are given a "subject-in-processness" (Lucas, 1998, p.39) subjectivity. The texts considered are The Changeover (First published in 1984) by Margaret Mahy; Greylands (1997) by lsobelle Carmody; Speaking to Miranda (First published in 1990) by Caroline Macdonald: Touching earth lightly (1996) by Margo Lanagan and Closed, Stranger (1999) by Kate De Goldi. In part, the selection of the texts has been based upon the various and multifaceted relationships between the mothers and the children. I use the Mahy text as a means to establish selected mother and, to a lesser degree, child characteristics. Some comparisons are made with this sole text of the 19805, in order to ascertain if there has been an evolution in the articulation of mother, figures in the 1990s. This study does not adopt a survey approach nor does it claim that the five novels present all the categories of "mother". Rather it addresses categories such as, mother as nurturer, as sexual being and, importantly, the dichotomy of the “good/​bad" mother. Within western discourses of maternity, this latter category is still used as a model by which to label women who mother. This study considers the stability of this binary within the novels. This thesis relies upon close reading of the primary texts. The emphasis is on critical approaches that draw attention to contexts, with particular emphasis on the socio-cultural issues present in each particular novel. My readings suggest that there is the possibility for engagement with the texts' social content/​comment, in conjunction with the representations of western models of maternity. I draw from a variety of motherhood discourses and theoretical approaches, including amongst others, the work of Luce Irigaray, HeIene Cixous, Judith Hennan, Martha Fineman, Rose Lucas, and Robyn McCallum.'

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