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Pulling Down the Stars

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Charlie Lansdowne’s life is going nowhere ... fast.

Trapped at home with his eccentric father and his stroke-affected grandfather, he finds life a daily exercise in dysfunction as three generations of men strive to get along.
But when Charlie meets the volatile and tempestuous Maxine – a surfer girl who works at the local abattoir – his life goes supernova. Friendships imp
Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Hybrid Publishers P/L (first published December 20th 2012)
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Guy Salvidge
Jan 02, 2013 Guy Salvidge rated it it was amazing
James Laidler is the author of the verse novel The Taste of Apple which won the IP Picks Best First Book award a couple of years back, and now he’s followed that up with his second novel, Pulling Down the Stars. The focus is on prose this time, although there are snippets of poems and even the occasional song. It’s a heartwarming read and one that I’d recommend to anyone, but particularly older teenage readers.

Charlie Lansdowne is a young man with a number of heavy burdens in his life: he has a
Kylie Purdie
Jan 12, 2013 Kylie Purdie rated it really liked it
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From the opening chapter where we meet Charlie as he baths his invalid grandfather, I wanted to know more. More about Charlie and his dad, more about how Maxine and Charlie cross paths, more about Bill and his...lets just say more about Bill.
There is a thriller element to this book, but it is so much more. In fact, the thriller aspect can be forgotten at times and then, when your drifting along nicely in the story, you're brought back to the darker side, rocketing back like an elastic pulled tig
Charlie Lansdowne lived at home with his father, Roger and grandpa Frank…three generations of males living at the same address. Charlie had a job in nursing, and his days were spent looking after the psychiatric patients, in particular the volatile Benny. When he wasn’t at work, he was helping his father look after his grandpa, who had suffered a stroke, was wheelchair bound and needed full-time care. The days were long, tiring and stressful. But most of the time the three men got along ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Sheree rated it really liked it
I read James Laidler's free verse novel The Taste Of Apple in 2011 and loved it so when James asked if I'd be interested in reading his latest novel I jumped at the chance. Set in the Australian seaside town of Warrnambool, Pulling Down The Stars has a standard narrative with smatterings of song lyrics and poems but there's nothing standard about the poignant and powerful lyrical style I first fell in love with in The Taste Of Apple.

I liked the fact that Charlie and Max (Maxine) were outside th
Pam Saunders
Aug 03, 2013 Pam Saunders rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, crime
From the beginning we meet two strong male characters, Charlie frustrated with looking after his Grandpa Frank and frustrated by life in a small town. Frank trapped in his invalid body still showing his powerful personality, swearing and being less than co-operative with his career Charlie.

In chapter three we meet Maxine, like Charlie, she is finding the small town and family expectations not to her liking. Then in chapter four we meet Bill and the books dark side appears. Bill is not nice, he
Delwyn Riordan
Oct 11, 2013 Delwyn Riordan rated it it was amazing
What a great story! James set the bar high with "The taste of apple", and I wondered how his second book would compare. On beginning "Pulling down the Stars" I found I was instantly hooked, the opening scene holds so much of what life is about that I just wanted more. The characters emerge, each of them so different but we find that despite difference people can be drawn together. In a short novel, we face so many of the big issues of life - love, lust, death, violence, but I think what really ...more
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well done James! some big issues in a familiar setting. beautifully done
Jan 04, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
This was a great Aussie novel!
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