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Author: Alice Pung; Melissa Chambers
Publisher: Hawthorn, Vic. : Louis Braille Audio, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 headfirst into schooling, romance and the getting of wisdom. Her mother becomes an Aussie battler - an outworker, that is. Her father embraces the miracle of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Talking books
Biography
Named Person: Alice Pung; Alice Pung
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Pung; Melissa Chambers
ISBN: 9780732032470 0732032474
OCLC Number: 225508547
Notes: Complete and unabridged.
Performer(s): Reader: Melissa Chambers.
Awards: Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2007.
Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction 2007.
Description: 7 audio discs (CD) (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Alice Pung ; read by Melissa Chambers.

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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 headfirst 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.

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