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Author: Nicole Hayes
"Surprising and moving…"
Nicole Hayes' debut is a probing and surprising book. It would be easy to think -- a book about Aussie Rules football set in Melbourne? But sport has long been an enthralling subject for writers: all that passion, all that yearning: it's almost a metaphor for life. So much can go wrong, and so much does for the young protagonist, Shelley, whose family has been nearly destroyed by an accident. But just like Aussie Rules, life is about accepting failure and sadness and learning from them, and this is perhaps what THE WHOLE OF MY WORLD is about: a girl learning to connect and reconnect with the people in her life: her friends, her bereaved father. So, in short, a novel about growing up and coming to terms with the whole of your world -- including the tragic past. A girl growing into a young adult.