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All the Birds Singing : Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award - Evie Wyld

All the Birds Singing

Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

By: Evie Wyld

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Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods?

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.

It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake's unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.

Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of one how one woman's present comes from a terrible past. It is the second novel from the award-winning author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.

About the Author

Evie Wyld runs Review, a small independent bookshop London. Her first novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. In 2011 she was listed as one of the Culture Show's Best New British Novelists. She was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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5.0

Evocative, different and thrilling.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Surprising
  • Well Written

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  • Can be confusing

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  • Open Minded Adult

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its a book, so its to be read!

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3.0

A Dark Disappointment

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  • Easy To Read
  • Well Written

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  • Disappointing

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Comments about All the Birds Singing:

I was very disappointed with this book - it is beautifully written but it leaves the reader impatient for more. The answers of Jake's solitary existence slowly unfold as she reflects on time past but there are no easy answers and the key questions remain (for the most part) unresolved.
This novel is heave and burdensome - not for light reading.

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Packs a punch

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      For such a small and unassuming novel, this packs a punch. 'All the birds Singing' is a mighty read. Its subject matter is confronting and often disturbing so it certainly won't be for everyone...however, Wyld's prose is stunning and the story she has created will stay with you long after you finish.

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      ISBN: 9781742757308
      ISBN-10: 9780345802507
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 240
      Published: 1st July 2013
      Publisher: Random House Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 1.9
      Weight (kg): 0.32