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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2010 Chris Womersley (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Dhaj on 05-07-12

I think I would buy anything read by Dan Wyllie.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

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By Carolyn on 08-18-12

Bereft is rich in language and story

If you could sum up Bereft in three words, what would they be?

deep, wise and courageous

What other book might you compare Bereft to and why?

A little like Tim Winton's Breath as it takes you to the dark places of what it means to be alive.

What about Dan Wyllie’s performance did you like?

Dan Wyllie gives voices to the ordinary people, to the unpretentious raw Australian voice.

If you could rename Bereft, what would you call it?

Just a little alive

Any additional comments?

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

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