It is 1919. The Great War has ended, but the Spanish flu epidemic is raging across Australia. Schools are closed, state borders are guarded by armed men, and train travel is severely restricted. There are rumours it is the end of the world. In the NSW town of Flint, Quinn Walker returns to the home he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of an unspeakable crime. Aware that his father and uncle would surely hang him, Quinn hides in the hills surrounding Flint. There, he meets the orphan Sadie Fox - a mysterious young girl who seems to know more about the crime than she should. A searing gothic novel of love, longing and justice, Bereft is about the suffering endured by those who go to war and those who are forever left behind.
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I think I would buy anything read by Dan Wyllie.
The story is engrossing. Dan Wyllie's timing and expressive telling brings every book I have heard him reading as alive as seeing a movie.
Bereft is rich in language and story
deep, wise and courageous
A little like Tim Winton's Breath as it takes you to the dark places of what it means to be alive.
Dan Wyllie gives voices to the ordinary people, to the unpretentious raw Australian voice.
Just a little alive
Chris Womersley has written a classic, the writing is luminous, it shimmers and sparkles as the narrative unfolds. Listen with patience and you will be rewarded
- Carolyn "Australian, love being read to, love a good story, characters and great writing. Classics are favourites but prepared to be adventurous."