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One Foot Wrong

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Author: Sofie Laguna

Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749007959
Rights: UK & Europe
Pub. Date: 6th April 2009

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Nominated for the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction

Unlike anything you will have read before...

Meet Hester. A child of dark beginnings and few words. Living a painfully sheltered existence forced upon her by reclusive parents, Hester befriends the inanimate objects in her sheltered life: Cat, Broom, Handle and Axe all speak to her, urging Hester to go out into the world and enjoy the rich experience of life.

When Hester’s parents are forced to send her to school, the little girl is overjoyed at meeting children her own age and making her first real friend – Mary. But her pleasure is cruelly taken away from her and she returns to the overwhelming oppressiveness of home.

But no one can stop Hester from growing up and it is when innocence becomes experience that she finds the strength to take action. All she has endured in her short life culminates in a climactic moment that will change her life forever.

What Critics Have Said»

'Sofie's voice is unique and her narration of her treatment at the hands of her parents will reel you in and keep you hooked. Through it all there's the suggestion of humour and above all, hope.'Books Monthly

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'Laguna's child narrator both emphasises and conceals, through simple yet articulate images, the complicated extent of suffering and release.'The Guardian

'Sofia Laguna adopts a now familiar story for her novel, yet enriches it with creative flair and a unique voice.'Books Quarterly

‘Unique and absolutely hypnotic’Emily Maguire

‘Harrowing… beautifully written, insightful and absorbing’The Canberra Times

‘Oddly beautiful…original and compelling… an extraordinary achievement’The Big Issue

‘One Foot Wrong will at times take your breath away… the darkest yet most poignant Alice in Wonderland imaginable’Media-Culture

‘A dark novel studded with literary glitter…and quirky brilliance’The Australian

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Sofie Laguna is an Australian novelist, this is her first adult fiction book. It's incredibly difficult to relay the emotions that this story evoked for me. The style, the language and the story is unlike anything I've come across before. The nearest comparison, for those that want one, would be Emma Donoghue's 'Room' - if only for the child narrator and the sparse language. The story starts with Hester as a small girl - an unwanted small girl who is kept in isolation by her fanatical, religious parents. Hester refers to her parents as Boot and Sack - they've made it clear that they never wanted her and have ensured that she knows nothing except life within their own four walls. Hester's language is mechanical and straight to the point - she has never been taught to read but has two religious books that she refers to at all times. Hester's 'friends' are the tree outside her window, the door, the knife, the pot, the axe and the fire. Her only comfort is the family cat - named Cat. Hester's narrative is hypnotic at times, it is also stark and pulls no punches. There is no lead-in to the incidents of abuse that she describes, they are just occurrences to Hester, so are related in the same, quite emotionless way. Eventually Hester goes out into the wider world, it is not a success, but whilst out there, she forms a couple of almost normal relationships; with her Grandmother and with another small girl, Mary. Despite her circumstances, Hester is a joyful character, with every new discovery a big adventure for her. Her parents, however, are cruel and wicked and clearly suffering from mental illness. Her Father has flashes of kindness, followed by incidents of terrible abusive behaviour. Harrowing, yet sensitive, the story builds up to it's horrific ending - shocking, yet almost inevitable.Anne Cater
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