Isabel Ashdown: Teenage rites and rites of passage

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Sunday 24 July 2pm ST NICHOLAS CHURCH,

By Adam Jones

A popular success at last year's festival, Isabel Ashdown, author of the award winning Glasshopper, has written an equally impressive follow-up with the newly published Hurry Up and Wait. Ashdown again focuses on childhood and adolescence in a somewhat cheerless south coast seaside town. Here her main protagonist is Sally Ribbons, aged fifteen and living with her eccentric father. Published by local publisher Myriad Editions, the book follows several months and misadventures of Sally and her friends. Because of the book’s opening and closing framing device (a reunion of old school friends 25 years hence), the reader is uncomfortably aware that something traumatising has happened to the bright but somewhat withdrawn girl who stands at the very threshold of young womanhood. Hurry Up and Wait is a subtle but disturbing tale about teenage rites and rites of passage. The author discusses the genesis of her closely observed characters and the curious pressures which can turn ordinary teenage girls into sometimes callous and unthinking monsters.

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