Scot Gardner: The Dead I Know; and Adrian Stirling: The Comet Box

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield is the author of a Young Adult novel, Have You Seen Byron Lichen? (2002). He also holds a PhD on

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Living without remembering

Stephen Mansfield

 

The Dead I Know
by Scot Gardner
Allen & Unwin, $19.99 pb, 208 pp, 9781742373843

 

The Comet Box
by Adrian Stirling
Penguin, $19.95 pb, 259 pp, 9780143206101

 

The way nostalgia works, according to theorists, is that we pine for the era just before our own. This may be why the twenty-something musicians of today mine the sounds of the 1980s. But does this pattern succeed in Young Adult fiction? What does an author gain by setting his or her story in the ‘nostalgia zone’ of potential readers?

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Published in September 2011 no. 334

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