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Broken

(2008)
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Skunk Cunningham is an eleven-year-old girl in a coma. She has a loving dad, an absent mother and a brother who plays more X-Box than is good for him. She also has the neighbours from hell: the five Oswald girls and their thuggish father Bob, vicious bullies all of them, whose reign of terror extends unchallenged over their otherwise quiet suburban street.

And yet terrifying though they undoubtedly are, the stiletto-wearing, cider-swilling Oswald girls are also sexy - so when Saskia asks shy, virginal Rick Buckley for a ride in his new car, he can't believe his luck. Too bad that Saskia can't keep her big mouth shut. When, after a quick fumble, she broadcasts Rick's deficiencies to anyone who will listen, it puts ideas into her younger sister's silly head - ideas that will see Rick dragged off to prison, humiliated, and ultimately, in his father's words, 'broken' by the experience.

From her hospital bed, Skunk guides us through the events that follow, as Saskia's small act of thoughtlessness slowly spreads through the neighbourhood in a web of increasing violence. Skunk watches as her shabby, hardworking father finds love, only for her courageous, idealistic teacher to lose it; as poor 'Broken' Buckley descends into madness, while across the street her brother Jed makes his first adolescent forays into sex; and as her own gentle romance with soft-hearted, tough-talking Dillon struggles to survive against a backdrop that seamlessly combines the sublime and the ridiculous. As we inch ever closer to the mystery behind her coma, Skunk's innocence becomes a beacon by which we navigate a world as comic as it is tragic, and as effortlessly engaging as it is ultimately uplifting, in this brilliant and utterly original debut novel.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-00-728332-6 / 978-0-00-728332-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-00-750608-2 / 978-0-00-750608-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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August 2009 : Canada Paperback
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-7710-2287-5 / 978-0-7710-2287-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-00-727014-3 / 978-0-00-727014-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Broken: A Novel
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-06-156104-5 / 978-0-06-156104-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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August 2008 : Canada Paperback
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-7710-2284-0 / 978-0-7710-2284-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-00-727015-1 / 978-0-00-727015-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperPress
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 0-00-727013-5 / 978-0-00-727013-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

December 2015 : Australia MP3 CD
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 1-4890-8396-0 / 978-1-4890-8396-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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June 2012 : Australia Audio CD
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 1-74311-455-9 / 978-1-74311-455-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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June 2012 : Australia Audio CD
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 1-74319-475-7 / 978-1-74319-475-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2012 : Australia MP3 CD
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 1-74311-530-X / 978-1-74311-530-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2012 : Australia MP3 CD
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 1-74319-550-8 / 978-1-74319-550-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2008 : Australia Audio CD
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
ISBN: 1-921415-62-2 / 978-1-921415-62-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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October 2008 : UK Audio edition
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
Publisher: Emblem Editions
Availability: Amazon CA   

March 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Broken
Author(s): Daniel Clay
Publisher: William Collins
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2008 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Broken: A Novel
Author(s): Daniel Clay
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   



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