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Help Me, Jacques Cousteau


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The Outlander was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won the International Association of Crime Writers' Dashiell Hammett Prize, was shortlisted for the Prix Femina and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Gil Adamson's The Outlander has sold 25,000 copies through Nielsen Bookscan '...savour the marvel of Adamson's writing' Ann Patchett

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Gil Adamson has written two acclaimed books of poetry, Primitive and Ashland, and her work has also been widely published in magazines and literary journals. Her novel, The Outlander, won the International Association of Crime Writers' Dashiell Hammett Prize and the in Canada First Novel Prize. It has also been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She lives with writer Kevin Connolly in Toronto.


Praise for The Outlander: 'A remarkable first novel, full of verve, beautifully written, and with all the panache of a great adventure' Michael Ondaatje 'From the outset, this atmospheric debut has a palpable air of menace ... With the breathless pace of an old-fashioned adventure story, and a supporting cast of mavericks, eccentrics and outcasts, this rich novel is packed full of drama' Daily Mail 'A superb adventure story' Kate Saunders, The Times 'Striking, thoughtful, full of unexpected twists, The Outlander is that rare delight: a novel that is beautifully written yet as gripping as any airport page-turner ... there are echoes of Cormac McCarthy. Hugely enjoyable ... A rattling good yarn' Guardian

Gr 9 Up-Hazel and her brother, Andrew, belong to a family of eccentrics. Their dad, North, is constantly rewiring the house and studying the weather. Their mother just up and leaves them one day. One uncle collects only white animals, while another is constantly changing girlfriends. The rest of the family shows up on a whim from time to time, and even the neighbors, whom Hazel enjoys spying on, are a little odd. As Hazel narrates her life beginning from a young age, following the birth of her brother, her adolescence, and her young adulthood, readers get to know the quirky characters who make up her world. With subtle humor and lyrical, at times almost poetic, writing ("We hurry along the road in the snow, looking like an assortment of bonbons in frilly wrappings"), Adamson weaves a story that will give readers comfort in knowing their families aren't the only ones with their fair share of kookiness.-Gina Bowling, South Gibson County High School, Medina, TN Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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