• A Perfect Square: By Isobel Blackthorn


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      Having released her book, "A Perfect Square" in August of 2016, the book has found favour among many readers.

      The following are two reviews of this book by Isobel Blackthorn.



      Two women on either side of the world live almost parallel lives.

      Both artists with a preference for seclusion, Harriet in the Dandenong Ranges paints abstract scenes of Wessex and Judith in Dartmoor paints and yearns for the Australian landscape she has never seen. Both have daughters, returned home. Both are not sure what to do with their difficult and slightly broken daughters.

      A Perfect Square is Isobel Blackthornís third novel. The layers within this book stem from her interest in the Western esotericism and conspiracy theories.

      It is one of those books you read the first time for the story, and then go back to for the second layer, the glittering bits that lift the story.

      Harriet has Synaesthesia Ė she sees colours in music and considers this an inner knowing which she struggles to portray in her art. Ginny, her musically talented daughter in her paisley clothes.

      Reviewed by author Kathryn Gossow


      When pianist Ginny Smith moves back to her motherís house in Sassafras after her breakup with the degenerate Garth, synaesthetic and eccentric artist Harriet Brassington-Smythe is beside herself and contrives a creative collaboration to lift her daughterís spirits: an exhibition of paintings and songs. Ginny reluctantly agrees.

      Mother and daughter struggle to agree on the elements of the collaborative effort, and as Ginny tries to prise the truth of her fatherís disappearance from a tight-lipped Harriet, both are launched into their own inner worlds of dreams, speculations and remembering.
      Meanwhile, another mother and artist, Judith, alone in a house on the moors, reflects on her own troubled past and that of her wayward daughter, Madeleine.

      Set amid the fern glades and towering forests of the Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne, and on Englandís Devon moors, A Perfect Square is a work of remarkable depth and insight.

      Reviewed by Odyssey books


      Book Details

      ISBN: 978-1-922200-45-7 (pbk) | 978-1-922200-50-1 (ebook)
      Category: Literary Fiction / Metaphysical
      Trade paperback: 268 pages
      Publication Date: 29 August 2016
      RRP: AU $23.95 (pbk) | $4.99 (ebook)
      Author website: www.isobelblackthorn.com


      About the author



      A Londoner originally, Isobel Blackthorn currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. She received her BA in Social Studies from the Open University, and has a PhD in Western Esotericism. She has worked as a high school teacher, market trader and PA to a literary agent. Her writing has appeared in Backhand Stories, The Mused Literary Review,On Line Opinion and Paranoia Magazine. Other works include the novels, Asylum and The Drago Tree, and the short story collection, All Because of You.


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