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Spirit House

Mark Dapin

RRP: £12.99

1 August 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782390879

RRP: £5.99

1 August 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391104

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 ONDAATJE PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE AGE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

David is thirteen and confused. His mum has left with her lover and dumped David on his grandparents. David’s grandfather, Jimmy, is seventy. He spends his days at the social club grumbling with his three best friends, all of them Jewish-Australian survivors of the enforced labour camps of the WWII Thai-Burma Railroad. But behind their playful backbiting and irresistible wit, Jimmy and his friends are haunted by the ghosts of long-dead comrades, and the only person Jimmy can confide in is a thirteen-year-old from a different world…

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