Spirits of the Ghan
- Narrated by: Katherine Beckett
- Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-02-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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It is 2001, and as the world charges into the new millennium, a century-old dream is about to be realised in the Red Centre of Australia: the completion of the mighty Ghan railway, a long-lived vision to create the 'backbone of the continent', a line that will finally link Adelaide with the Top End.
But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will not be without its complications, for much of the desert it will cross is Aboriginal land.
Hired as a negotiator, Jessica Manning must walk a delicate line to reassure the elders their sacred sites will be protected. Will her innate understanding of the spiritual landscape, rooted in her own Arunta heritage, win their trust? It's not easy to keep the peace when Matthew Witherton and his survey team are quite literally blasting a rail corridor through the timeless land of the Never-Never.
When the paths of Jessica and Matthew finally cross, their respective cultures collide to reveal a mystery that demands attention. As they struggle against time to solve the puzzle, an ancient wrong is awakened and calls hauntingly across the vastness of the outback....
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Gianna on 12-04-16
Great history in a novel
I loved the way book provided historical perspective of both aboriginal and early settlers. The story provided some great characters that enabled reader to immerse themselves in the challenging conditions and ideas of the past.
By Michael on 10-18-16
Interesting tale from the Red Centre
Enjoyable story. Ambivalent about the reader who gets indigenous parts right but falters elsewhere in the tale.