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The Third Person by Stephanie Newell

 

A brutal, tragic and darkly humorous novel about growing up, sibling rivalry and the ultimate dysfunctional family. In a series of diary entries, fourteen year old Lizzie shares her secrets about coming to terms with her parents’ break-up, battling with her younger sister, and her obsession with the man she is destined to marry . . . 

Note: The Third Person contains some graphic sexual content and harsh language.


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Listed: Jul 1, 2011

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Editor’s First Impression

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Aug 15, 2011: Lizzie’s hobbies are bottle collecting, calligraphy, daydreaming about her absent father, and stealing glitter pens from her classmates. She’s chillingly amoral, and may be a sociopath, but she’s also a child, vulnerable and naive. She is not the most dangerous person in the village . . . This disturbing tale will make you feel uneasy about any time you have been less than kind to a sibling.

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An impressive and unsettling literary novel

By Paul Samael, member

Jun 14, 2013: The reviews by Fiona Gregory and GS Williams will give you a pretty good idea what this novel is about – what can I add?

Well, I found Lizzie’s narration utterly compelling – despite the fact that she is far from sympathetic as a character. In this respect, the novel reminded me of two other novels with first person narrators. The first was Zoe Heller’s “Notes on a Scandal”, which features a much older narrator, but one who is similarly manipulative, [more . . .]

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Growing up is hard to do

By G.S. Williams, author of The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

Jul 31, 2011: The "Third Person" is absolutely brilliant from the very first chapter.

Elizabeth and her younger nine year old sister Helen are coping with their father having left them and their mother. He’s in New Zealand, while his former family is in the UK. The story is written from Elizabeth’s perspective, rather like an introspective teen diary, but with such depth of feeling and poignant images that it surpasses most examples of that genre in my experience.

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