Sixty Lights by Gail Jones

Sixty Lights

Gail Jones

This is a wonderful read, exploding with light and perception. There are 60 short chapters, each capturing a precise moment in the story like a snapshot. The detail is absolutely sharp and in focus. Yet it encompasses three continents, a wide range of characters and a whole (short) lifetime. The short chapters are deceptive - take your time to savour this feast for the brain and the senses.

Extract

Years later, too, Lucy flicked through her diary of 'Special Things Seen,' and saw that on her first day at work in the albumen factory she had left at four o'clock in the afternoon, and recorded that the sky was the colour of a sheet of photographic paper, drenched in egg-white, a bright screen, gleaming lightly as it hung out to dry.

Parallels
  • Electricity by Victoria Glendinning
  • Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
Borrow this book
Explicit sexual content

Our suggestions if you enjoyed Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

The Hope Factory

Lavanya Sankaran

The Dinner Guest

Gabriela Ybarra

The Waterproof Bible

Andrew Kaufman

The Ghost Bride

Yangsze Choo

Sixty Lights

Gail Jones

Paradise Jazz

Kat Pomfret

Sworn Virgin

Elvira Dones

The Lost Word

Oya Baydar

She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore

How To Be Both

Ali Smith