Tuesday, 24 August 2010


'This is Shyness' is the debut novel of Melbourne author, Leanne Hall.
It is a very confident and assured book that I found hard to put down.
'Shyness' is the name of a suburb. But, it is no ordinary suburb - it is in fact a place where the sun does not shine. As such, Shyness has its own rules and peculiarities. Take, for instance, the gangs of kids who roam the street, getting high on sugar and robbing anyone who crosses their path. Or the alluring but slightly dangerous nightclub scene, operating 24 hours a day. Or night.
Thrown into this world are 'Wolfboy' and 'Wildgirl'; teenagers who each have a past they wish to forget.
They spend an eventful night together, going from nightclub to nightclub, confronted by 'kids' and tarsiers (menacing monkeys who attack people), and both deciding the more time they spend together, the more they like each other....



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