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Publisher's Summary

A young English woman leaves her ageing parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback, where she quickly falls in love - both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, their relationship hangs in the balance when Jennifer is called back to England.
©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Enjoyable story of love blossoming over the scalpels." (Evening Standard)
"A heart-lifting novel by a master-weaver of romance and adventure." (Boston Herald)
"Nevil Shute made me yearn for a faithful, plodding, Shute-type of man. I imagined us trekking across the Australian outback, finding a run-down hamlet, and then transforming it together until death or flood parted us." (Sue Townshed, The Times)
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By A on 07-24-13

Oldie but goodie...

I have to admit that as far as popular fiction goes, I prefer stuff that was written in the middle of the 20th century--like Nevil Shute, Graham Greene, Dick Francis--and so I found this story written by Nevil Shute in the early 1950s about life in Australia and post war England to be a most enjoyable read. The plot is simple and it beats 'historical fiction' because it wasn't trying to recreate anything. If you are looking for an action-packed adventure with lots of dialogue and very little description, you have come to the wrong place.

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By BikeMeister on 02-11-13

Great Story!

A really great novel about Britain and Australia after the Second World War. Lots of insight into the economic situations of both countries and the opportunity many Brits saw at the time in Australia. Great characters, very intelligently written and always good natured.

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By Viv S. on 11-16-17

The Far Country

I first read this book many years ago and was delighted to find it was as good as I had remembered. Well written, well read and still enjoyable and although England and Australia have changed greatly since the time of writing, I could still relate to the characters and story line.

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By Silvernin on 07-12-16

Lovely story

I have now read three of Neville Shute's books as of which have been different. This was a lovely gentle story but with an undercurrent of the horrors of WW2. The narrator was excellent especially with the number of accents she had to go through!

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By Jennifer2 on 02-02-17

An enjoyable story.

A beautifully read book from Nevil Shute who loved Australia. A little repetitive in places but overall very enjoyable.

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