The Word Ghost by Christine Paice
This is England 1973, and 15-year-old Rebecca Budde is in love with Dave. She is forced to move with her family to Brightley, a village with one pub and a puddle for a pond. If only Dave was there. Weird things are happening. Someone is living in the bottom of Rebecca Budde's wardrobe: the ghostly figure of Algernon Keats, second cousin to John Keats. Rebecca’s relationship with Algernon is at the heart of this coming of word story.
Distracted by the brooding Byronic artist who lives down the road, is it too late for Rebecca to realise the importance of her relationship with Algernon? Do words outlast us all? When things don't make sense anymore, you know you’re in Brightley. Rebecca thinks love is forever, but sometimes it's not. And nor, sometimes, is death. The Word Ghost is a funny, moving coming of age story about what it means to find love, lose love and discover who you are when you live in a village in England with no street lights.
Author: Christine Paice
Christine Paice is a national award-winning poet and writer. A long-time member of The South Coast Writer’s Centre, Christine’s work has been read on ABC Jazz Alive and on ABC Radio Poetica. She has published two poetry collections, Mad Oaks and Staring At The Aral Sea (Ginninderra Press), and one children’s book, The Great Rock Whale, (Hachette Australia 2009). She worked as poetry editor and political writer on Old Trout, an American-based literary review. Currently, she facilitates creative writing and poetry workshops, and works as a mentor and manuscript assessor. The Word Ghost, (Allen & Unwin 2014), is her first novel.
Posted on August 21, 2014