Talking Location With author Phyllida Shrimpton – CORNWALL
Era(s): WW2 onwards
Perth, Australia, towards the end of WW2.The Lambs and the Pickles are forced by dint of circumstance to share a run down house on Cloudstreet. Each member has his/her story to tell in lovely rendered detail and everyday experience.
Will you look at us by the river! The whole restless mob of us on spread blankets in the dreamy briny sunshine skylarking and chiacking about for one day, one clear, clean, sweet day in a good world in the midst of our living.
No. 1 Cloudstreet: a broken-down house on the wrong side of the tracks, a place teeming with memories, with shudders and shadows and spirits. From separate catastrophes, two families – the Pickles and Lambs – flee to the city and find themselves thrown together, forced to start their lives afresh. As they roister and rankle, the place that began as a roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.
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