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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (540 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Womersley Narrator: Dan Wyllie Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scrapqueen | 2/12/2014

    " I would have rated Bereft higher, but the ending left me dissatisfied. I would still recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslea | 2/7/2014

    " Loved the writing, easy to read. Story moved along a bit slow but it still kept me interested. Glad it all worked out at the end and enjoyed the developing friendship/dependance of Quinn and Sadie. Gave it a 7. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby | 1/21/2014

    " A wonderful read about a young man returning home from the war, to rural NSW in Australia during the early 1900s, to redeem himself of the false accusations for his sister's murder. Chris Womersley's descriptive writing of rural Australia and the horrors of the first world war was so very vivid and combined perfectly with the ghostly feel of the story and its characters. iIt all added up to a great book for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Rolfe | 12/14/2013

    " This book has me stumped as to whether I really enjoyed it or couldn't stand it. Initially I was excited, it had me interested within the first 10 or 20 pages (well within my '50 page rule'...if it doesn't grab me in the first 50 pages, it gets put down....so many books to read...so little time!) and I read it quickly, with true interest and desire to see what happens. But it was kind of like stumbling across a nasty accident, or a documentary on serial killers while you're channel flicking...you have to watch and see what happens, but you don't really enjoy the experience and feel a bit icky that you watched at all when it ends. The characters are unlikeable, and you want to give the main character a good slap more than once. The 'mysterious young girl' had me very confused. So it's 1 star or 3-4 stars, I opted for the mean! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 11/26/2013

    " Exquisite command of language, irresistible momentum, and my namesake saves the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Morris | 11/26/2013

    " Quinn returns to his hometown in Australia after surviving the war, to seek redemption after being falsely accused of his sister's murder. A dark, mystical story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tango | 11/24/2013

    " Beautifully written and well-paced. I loved this book from start to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 11/15/2013

    " Just not for me. It seemed to contrived. I couldn't finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/16/2013

    " Loved this Aussie story. A few questions are left unresolved although maybe I read the book too quickly and skipped over some resolutions. The description of the new south wales landscape was incredible and the characters mystifying. I couldn't wait to see how it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Grift | 1/11/2013

    " I could not put this book down, there was something driving me to continue to read even though it was not an uplifting or positive feel throughout, well written although I was frustrated with the main characters lack of assertiveness! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antoinette Buchanan | 10/20/2012

    " it was an undemanding read and unconvincing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 9/21/2012

    " An interesting book which is quite different from the books I normally read. I liked the parts about the Australian bush and animals, they were well done. It was a little long for the plot it had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Wood | 6/23/2012

    " Bleak tale of loss and redemption, the novel takes you from the horrors of the Great War, to an Australia gripped by the Spanish flu epidemic. Quinn Walker is drawn to his home town to seek/expose the truth about his sister's murder. Great reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Rolfe | 4/3/2012

    " A quirky story set post WW1 - the devastation of war and the flu epidemic that raged throughout the countryside. A veteran returns to a country town to reconcile the death of his sister years before. I really liked the sense of isolation in this little country town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/12/2011

    " I loved the beautiful writing in this haunting book. Great descriptions of place and how beauty was observed even in harshness and grief. it was gripping and quite "other-worldly" - a pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 9/8/2011

    " A gripping read that, with its Gothic and Western touches, could make a great movie. A bit too reminiscent of other stories, but definitely shows promise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicky Blackshaw | 8/29/2011

    " Really fitting title. Its agreat book of feelings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 8/13/2011

    " Loved this book. Beautifully written. Stayed with me for weeks afterwards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick Johns | 7/8/2011

    " My copy says Chris Womersley can be compared to Cormac McCarthy and Ian McEwan..... hmmm I don't think so! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tango | 6/11/2011

    " Beautifully written and well-paced. I loved this book from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 6/6/2011

    " Enjoyed this, very easy to read. Beautiful writing, quirky storyline and realistic characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 5/2/2011

    " NOTHING WRONG WITH IT JUST NOT IN THE MOOD WHEN I READ IT. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING I LIKED. THE MORAL: NEVER FORCE YOURSELF TO READ A BOOK YOU'RE NOT IN THE MOOD FOR. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 9/17/2010

    " Exquisite command of language, irresistible momentum, and my namesake saves the day. "

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