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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (71 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thea Astley Narrator: Beverley Dunn Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her flat above Drylands' newsagency, Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader. Little has changed her in 50 years, except for the coming of cable TV. Loneliness is almost a religion, and still everyone knows your business. But the town is being outmanoeuvered by drought and begins to empty, pouring itself out like water into sand. Small minds shrink even smaller in the vastness of the land. One man is forced out by council rates and bigotry; another sells his property, risking the lot to build his dream. And all of them are shadowed by violence of some sort - these people whose only victory over the town is in leaving it. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 8/6/2013

    " Excellent book that gave a real sense of place about rural regional Queensland "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna | 4/13/2013

    " Despite being a kiwi, I had never heard of Thea Astley before (she's an Aussie). She is such an amazing writer that I will have to read more. They aren't very easy to find here, it would seem. I listened to this on audio - Beverley Dunn was incredible. These are awfully sad stories ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carmel | 12/24/2010

    " depressing look at country towns dying due to drought... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Krake | 11/13/2010

    " A thoroughly enjoyable read. Astley captures the lonelieness and desperation that outback living often brings with wry humour, scathing criticism and humanist sensitivity. "

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