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Unpolished Gem

(2006)
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This story does not begin on a boat. Nor does it contain any wild swans or falling leaves.

In a wonderland called Footscray, a girl named Alice and her Chinese-Cambodian family pursue the Australian Dream - Asian style. Armed with an ocker accent, Alice dives head- first into schooling, romance and the getting of wisdom. Her mother becomes an Aussie battler - an outworker, that is. Her father embraces the miracle of franchising and opens an electrical-appliance store. And every day her grandmother blesses Father Government for giving old people money.

Unpolished Gem is a book rich in comedy, a loving and irreverent portrait of a family, its everyday struggles and bittersweet triumphs. With it, Australian writing gains an unforgettable new voice.

Winner of the Australian Newcomer of the Year Award in the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards, 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2007 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, 2007 Age Book of the Year Awards, 2006 Colin Roderick Award and the 2007 The Westfield/Waverley Library Award for Literature

'Unpolished Gem is a delightful read - a funny, touching debut from a writer we're sure to hear more from.' - ourier Mail

'Offer(s) a rare bicultural vantage point on Australian multiculturalism' - Sydney Morning Herald

'There's something striking on every page of Unpolished Gem.' - Helen Garner

'A memoir so vivid that images from it linger behind your eyelids.' - The Age

'Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.' - Amy Tan

'Unpolished Gem is virtuoso storytelling.' - The Australian

'Intelligent and touching' - Herald Sun

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of Unpolished Gem and Her Father's Daughter and the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.


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Paperback Editions

August 2006 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-86395-158-X / 978-1-86395-158-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Black Inc
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-84627-144-4 / 978-1-84627-144-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
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January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 0-452-29000-7 / 978-0-452-29000-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-84627-176-2 / 978-1-84627-176-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-84627-143-6 / 978-1-84627-143-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

December 2015 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-4890-8240-9 / 978-1-4890-8240-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2012 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-74313-924-1 / 978-1-74313-924-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2012 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-74318-130-2 / 978-1-74318-130-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2012 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-74313-936-5 / 978-1-74313-936-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2012 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
ISBN: 1-74318-142-6 / 978-1-74318-142-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me
Author(s): Alice Pung
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me
Author(s): Alice Pung
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2008 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me
Author(s): Alice Pung
Publisher: Plume
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2006 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Unpolished Gem
Author(s): Alice Pung
Publisher: Black Inc.
Availability: Amazon