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No Place Like Home - Caroline Overington

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Published: 1st October 2013
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From bestselling author and award-winning journalist Caroline Overington comes another thought-provoking and heart-rending story, that reaches from the heart of Bondi to a small village in Tanzania.

Shortly after 9.30 in the morning, a young man walks into Surf City, Bondi's newest shopping complex. He's wearing a dark grey hoodie – and a bomb around his neck.

Just a few minutes later he is locked in a shop on the upper floor. And trapped with him are four innocent bystanders.

For police chaplain Paul Doherty, called to the scene by Superintendent Boehm, it's a story that will end as tragically as it began. For this is clearly no ordinary siege. The boy, known as Ali Khan, seems as frightened as his hostages and has yet to utter a single word.

The seconds tick by for the five in the shop: Mitchell, the talented schoolboy; Mouse, the shop assistant; Kimmi, the nail-bar technician; and Roger Callaghan, the real estate agent whose reason for being in Bondi that day is far from innocent.

And of course there's Ali Khan. Is he the embodiment of evil, as the villagers in his Tanzanian birthplace believe? Or simply an innocent boy, betrayed at every turn, who just wants a place to call home?

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Deploying her considerable journalistic savvy, Caroline Overington has established herself as a storyteller who comes up with dramatically plausible scenarios based on the sorts of events we watch on the nightly news. She's got a finger on the pulse for current issues and for the thoughts and attitudes that animate talkback culture.

Her scenario here is simple: a boy wearing what appears to be a bomb takes several people hostage in a Sydney shopping mall. He does not talk to police or communicate any ultimatum and his motives are unclear. Police are puzzled by his appearance and his identity. Can they diffuse the situation without loss of life?

The story is narrated by a priest who witnesses the drama and acts as counsellor in its aftermath, allowing us to hear the story from multiple points of view, piecing together fragments of lives brought into a random collision with devastating consequences.

About the Author

Caroline Overington is the Associate Editor of the iconic magazine, The Australian Women's Weekly.

Caroline has won the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism twice, and she's a former winner of the Sir Keith Murdoch prize for journalism, and of the Blake Dawson prize.

She is the author of five bestselling novels: Ghost Child, I Came to Say Goodbye, Matilda is Missing Sisters of Mercy and No Place Like Home (coming October 2013).

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    4.0

    Overington does it again.

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        What a great read - couldnt put it down.

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        5.0

        Another great Caroline Overington book!!

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            Another excellent book from Caroline Overington! Engaging and well written! Couldn't put it down!

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            5.0

            Another Stunning Read From Overington

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              This is another absorbing read by one of Australia's most talented writers.
              The characters are well written, the story engaging and this book is anything but formulaic. I struggle to find books that aren't predictable or feel like something I've read before; Overington delivers is each and every one of her novels.
              No Place Like Home is highly recommended.

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              4.0

              Poignant and gripping

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                No Place Like Home is a poignant and gripping story crafted with skill and compassion. This is a novel that will challenge your prejudice, your knowledge and perhaps even your faith.

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                ISBN: 9781742758015
                ISBN-10: 1742758010
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 352
                Published: 1st October 2013
                Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.9
                Weight (kg): 0.47