The Snow Queen by Mardi McConnochie

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May 2003, no. 251

The Snow Queen by Mardi McConnochie

Flamingo, $29.95 pb, 245 pp

The Snow Queen by Mardi McConnochie

by
May 2003, no. 251

When I was about ten, I used to devour the books of an English children’s author named Noel Streatfield. The most famous was called Ballet Shoes, which took young antipodeans onto the stage and into the wings of another world, the London theatre scene. Galina Koslova, a Russian-born émigrée to South Australia and the heroine of The Snow Queen, gives Ballet Shoes to a step-granddaughter, correctly designating it a classic. I wondered whether Mardi McConnochie’s novel was designed to fill the gap left on adult bookshelves by long-abandoned copies of Ballet Shoes, even if our reading requirements have matured.

Judith Armstrong reviews 'The Snow Queen' by Mardi McConnochie

The Snow Queen

by Mardi McConnochie

Flamingo, $29.95 pb, 245 pp

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