The Gift of Speed, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In 1960 the West Indies arrive in Australia and Michael, who is sixteen, is enthralled.

If, like his heroes, he has the gift of speed, he will move beyond his suburb into the great world ...As his summer unfolds, Michael realises that there are other ways to live.

When the calypso chorus accompanying Frank Worrell and his team fades, Michael has leartn many things ...about his parents, a girl called Kathleen Marsden, and about himself.

The Gift of Speed is a masterful blend of story-telling, memorable characters and a uniquely Australian sensibility by a novelist at the height of his powers.


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Top read! This is easy reading, but it's not at all superficial. It is unashamedly Australian in its setting and outlook, but in a way that didn't make me cringe or feel like I was an American being targetted with a romantic view (e.g. a rubbish book by Di Morrissey). The story includes three generations and I'm at the age where I can vouch for the verisimilitude of characters of all ages. It's definitely written from a male perspective, but it's not without a touch of the traditional feminine. My first Steven Carroll book, and I've got another ready to go already!