Chris Womersley Bereft

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Bereft

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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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About the Author:

Chris Womersley is a writer of considerable power whose first book, The Low Road, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Fiction. Before its publication, the manuscript was shortlisted for Victorian Premiers' Award for Unpublished Manuscript. His second novel, Bereft, won the Indie Award for best Australian novel and Book of the Year from the ABIA. It was also the runner-up for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the ASL Gold Medal for Literature, the Ned Kelly Award for Fiction, and the Age Book of the Year award. Australian native Womersley is a print and radio journalist who lives in Melbourne.

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'I hammered through Bereft in a day; I didn't want to be away from it' Evie Wyld, author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice. * Evie Wyld * ''Bereft is an other-worldly and utterly compelling story of grief and loss' Bookgroupinfo. * Bookgroupinfo * a timeless, concise telling of an excellent story. It's one of those narrations where every word has been strongly considered, but that's never on show' Bookbag. * Bookbag * ''This has to go down as one of the best novels of the year ... this is one novel you should definitely have high up on the list to discover. The sooner you read it, the longer it will be staying with you' We Love This Book. * We Love This Book * Just once in a while, a thriller comes along that is so good it takes your breath away. Womersley's second novel does that in a heartbeat' Daily Mail. * Daily Mail * ''Chris Womersley has written a narrative that grips like a dingo's jaws ... This is a distinguishable novel' Independent. * Independent * This period literary thriller, with its dark, compelling, atmospheric writing and strong themes of atonement, is a book to read in a single sitting' New Books Magazine. * New Books Magazine * 'This is a haunting, perturbing novel which grabs the reader and doesn't let go after the last page has been turned' Press Association. 'If you liked The Road, then this is for you' The Journal Online. * Journal Online * 'A dark brooding story of war, family secrets and a man's search for justice' Michael Robotham. * Michael Robotham * 'an original book ... a refreshing change from the normal run of crime books' CrimeSquad. 'excellent evocative writing' Historical Novel Society. * Historical Novel Society * 'A beautiful novel ... it is barely possible to put the book down' Debra Adelaide. * Debra Adelaide * 'The beauty of it is in the prose: concrete, detailed, yet fast-paced' Black Sheep Dances. 'It's the mystery of this novel accompanied with such vivid imagery that makes this a compelling read' Buzz. * Buzz *

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