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The Precipice

By Virginia Duigan

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 July 2011
Thea Farmer, a reclusive and difficult retired school principal, lives in isolation with her dog in the Blue Mountains. Her distinguished career ended under a cloud over a decade earlier, following a scandal involving a much younger male teacher. After losing her savings in the financial crash, she is forced to sell the dream house she had built for her old age and live on in her dilapidated cottage opposite. Initially resentful and hostile towards Frank and Ellice, the young couple who buy the new house, Thea develops a flirtatious friendship with Frank, and then a grudging affinity with his twelve-year-old niece, Kim, who lives with them. Although she has never much liked children, Thea discovers a gradual and wholly unexpected bond with the half-Vietnamese Kim, a solitary, bookish child from a troubled background. Her growing sympathy with Kim propels Thea into a psychological minefield. Finding Frank's behaviour increasingly irresponsible, she becomes convinced that all is not well in the house. Unsettling suspicions, which may or may not be irrational, begin to dominate her life, and build towards a catastrophic climax.

About the Author

Virginia Duigan wrote the screenplay of the 1998 movie The Leading Man. Before becoming a novelist, Duigan worked as a journalist, broadcaster, editor and TV scriptwriter. She was a regular feature writer on The National Times, and contributed documentaries to ABC radio.

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"Searingly honest . . . brilliantly expressed in lyrical prose. The wife of film director Bruce Beresford, Duigan explores the boundaries that should and shouldn't be crossed in biography." "Publishers Weekly" starred review on "The Biographer""

EAN: 9781741667165
ISBN: 174166716X
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.1 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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