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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 Somebody's Crying
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'When Alice looks up and sees Tom staring at her, everything closes down around them and becomes very still. No one is breathing. No one else is in the room. Tom feels as if he can see right into the soul of Alice Wishart. It lies open before him, like a wide, long pane of glittering glass. So delicate and beautiful and ... ready to break.

'Three years have passed since the murder of Alice's mother, but still the killer is unknown. Alice, her cousin Jonty and his friend Tom are drawn together by the mystery, but what is each of them hiding? Will their secrets bind them tighter or tear everything apart?' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my three sons, Tom, Joe and Paddy, with much love.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 .
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      Extent: [1], 371p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: November 2008.
      ISBN: 9781741755190 (pbk.)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2010 .
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      Extent: 384p.
      Note/s:
      • Published January 2010

      ISBN: 9781742370248

Works about this Work

[Review] Somebody's Crying Jane Barry , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 March 2010; (p. 29)

— Review of Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel
[Review] Somebody's Crying Elspeth Cameron , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 53 no. 2 2009; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel
[Review] Somebody's Crying Lorraine Dobbie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 1 2009; (p. 61-62)

— Review of Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel
[Review] Somebody's Crying Clare Kennedy , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 17 no. 1 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel
Clare Kennedy regards McCarthy as 'a master storyteller' whose 'writing has the flavour of real life'. Her latest offering, Somebody's Crying, is a charatcer study that depicts various relationships between the young adults in a small town who are brought together through a murder. Each chapter is named after a character which allows McCarthy to 'tell the story through differing perspectives and adds 'complexity and detail' and Kennedy highly recommends the novel on the basis that it is 'entertaining, fast-paced and full of humanity' (13).
Attuned to the Whole Person : Maureen McCarthy Clare Kennedy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 17 no. 1 2009; (p. 12-13)

Clare Kennedy prefaces her review of Maureen McCarthy's new novel Somebody's Crying (Viewpoint: On Books for Young Adults 17.1 (2009): 13) with an account of some of the events and experiences that have influenced McCarthy's writing. Kennedy includes some conversational quotes from McCarthy who grew up on a farm in Yea, 'the ninth out of ten children' and remembers her childhood as 'pretty bloody brutal' adding, 'I was very neglected'. (12)

McCarthy's narratives originate from actual events and Somebody's Crying was inspired by the case of a young man accused of his aunt's murder and released due to lack of evidence. As part of her research, McCarthy read up on psychology as well as visiting a number of small towns and found the drug abuse in one community particularly disturbing: 'A lot of people in this town are blowing their brains out with drugs. The psych wards are half-full of kids having psychotic episodes on very strong dope.' (12)

McCarthy has recently endured the breakdown of her twenty-five year marriage as well as 'suffering major health problems' however she is sure she will continue to write stories about human experiences and is 'moving to Darwin to reinvent herself.' (13)

[Review] Somebody's Crying Jarrah Moore , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 88 no. 3 2008; (p. 38)

— Review of Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel
Under Age Frances Atkinson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 16 November 2008; (p. 35)

— Review of Scratch Kitten and the Ragged Reef Jessica Green , 2008 single work children's fiction ; Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel
Dose of Reality Amid the Elves Angie Schiavone , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 December 2008; (p. 37)

— Review of Finnikin of the Rock Melina Marchetta , 2008 single work novel ; Everything Beautiful Simmone Howell , 2008 single work novel ; Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel ; A Riddle of Green Isobelle Carmody , 2008 single work children's fiction ; The Wizard of Rondo Emily Rodda , 2007-2010 single work children's fiction
Kids' Lit Rosemary Neill , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 January 2009; (p. 10)

— Review of Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel ; When the Hipchicks Went to War Pamela Rushby , 2009 single work novel ; Scratch Kitten and the Ragged Reef Jessica Green , 2008 single work children's fiction ; The Old Frangipani Tree at Flying Fish Point Trina Saffioti , 2008 single work picture book
[Review] Somebody's Crying Katharine England , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 23 no. 5 2008; (p. 41-42)

— Review of Somebody's Crying Maureen McCarthy , 2008 single work novel
Attuned to the Whole Person : Maureen McCarthy Clare Kennedy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 17 no. 1 2009; (p. 12-13)

Clare Kennedy prefaces her review of Maureen McCarthy's new novel Somebody's Crying (Viewpoint: On Books for Young Adults 17.1 (2009): 13) with an account of some of the events and experiences that have influenced McCarthy's writing. Kennedy includes some conversational quotes from McCarthy who grew up on a farm in Yea, 'the ninth out of ten children' and remembers her childhood as 'pretty bloody brutal' adding, 'I was very neglected'. (12)

McCarthy's narratives originate from actual events and Somebody's Crying was inspired by the case of a young man accused of his aunt's murder and released due to lack of evidence. As part of her research, McCarthy read up on psychology as well as visiting a number of small towns and found the drug abuse in one community particularly disturbing: 'A lot of people in this town are blowing their brains out with drugs. The psych wards are half-full of kids having psychotic episodes on very strong dope.' (12)

McCarthy has recently endured the breakdown of her twenty-five year marriage as well as 'suffering major health problems' however she is sure she will continue to write stories about human experiences and is 'moving to Darwin to reinvent herself.' (13)

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