It is 1939 and although Australia is about to go to war, it doesn't quite realise yet that the situation is serious. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond it is business - your own and everyone else's - as usual. And young Kip Westaway, failed scholar and stablehand, is living the most important day of his life.
Kip's momentous day is one of nine that will set the course for each member of the Westaway clan in the years that follow. Kip's mother, his brother Francis and, eventually, Kip's wife Annabel and their daughters and grandson: all find their own turning points, their triumphs and catastrophes, in days to come.
But at the heart of all their stories is Kip, and at the centre of Kip's fifteen-year-old heart is his adored sister Connie. They hold the threads that will weave a family.
In Nine Days Toni Jordan has harnessed all the spiky wit, compassion and lust for life that drew readers in droves to Addition and Fall Girl. Ambitious in scope and structure, triumphantly realised, this is a novel about one family and every family. It is about dreams and fights and sacrifices. And finally, of course, it is—as it must be—about love.
Praise for Nine Days:
‘Toni Jordan has written a beautiful novel which captures the loves and fears of an ordinary Australian family through hard times and better times. It reminded me of Elizabeth Stead’s books.’
Australian Bookseller & Publisher
About the Author
Toni Jordan was born in Brisbane. She has worked as a sales assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist and marketing manager. In 2006 she received a Varuna Awards master class for Addition, Toni now lives in Melbourne where she works as a freelance copywriter.
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I loved this book. It has real people in real situations doing real things. Fabulous to read a story set in Richmond and the social history is fascinating. Toni Jordan is getting better and better.
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The cover photograph frames the story although this is not revealed till near the end. Can be a bit confusing as it alternates between generations but is otherwise well-written and thought-provoking plus an interesting social commentary on the 1930's in inner Melbourne.
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Bought this Book due to a good review in the Herald-Sun. As it turns out it was a far lesser read than the Freebie I got with it "Escape to Van Diemen's Land"
'Simply a joy to read.' Courier-Mail 'Toni Jordan has written a beautiful novel which captures the loves and fears of an ordinary Australian family through hard times and better times. It reminded me of Elizabeth Stead's books.' Australian Bookseller & Publisher 'What makes a book good is its heart - and the heart of this book is warm but real. Its particular subjects are war, abortion, religious and class difference, social conscience and social mobility, but it is also a universal tale about how love (marital, romantic, sibling, parental, and so on) forms the glue that keeps us going.' Whispering Gums 'Jordan is clear that what binds us to one another and to a meaningful life is simply valuing the life you have been given and the family that is yours and yours alone. Reading Nine Days, you will laugh, even cry, but you will be in no doubt that Toni Jordan uses the modern novel to reflect those tensions that exist for many of us between duty and desire.' Australian Book Review 'A brilliant piece of writing...compelling, engaging and will bring tears to the eyes...' Sunday Star Times 'Toni Jordan's characters beautifully frame a story of compassion, fun and poignancy.' Launceston Examiner 'Every now and then a book comes along that's brilliantly conceived and tightly written, yet there's nothing flashy about it. I think Australian writer Toni Jordan's third novel, Nine Days, falls into the rare and wonderful category...Each of the nine voices is distinct and brimming with personality and by the finish every part of the jigsaw fits perfectly and you see the whole sweep of this romantic, thoughtful, heartbreaking story...Jordan's previous novels, Addition and Fall Girl, were smart sassy and humourous. Nine Days has taken her to another level. More serious than her previous work but with the same astute observations, brightness and wit, its a sensitive and beautiful novel, a slice of Australia's working-class history, that is a joy to read.' NZ Herald on Sunday 'This novel is a triumph. Another signal career in Australian fiction is well under way.' Australian 'Jordan's triumph is in the structure and scope of this novel set in working-class Richmond, starting and ending indeed in 1939 but spreading out an ensuing 70 years to solve a mystery and build a love story.' Adelaide Advertiser 'The suspense is frequently nail-biting, and there's a strong undertow of unspecified doom, but the book is far from gloomy because Jordan has a fine line in wit too, not to mention the natural storyteller's ability to keep us guessing about where it's all going...beautifully constructed...' Daily Mail UK
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 22nd August 2012
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 19.0