SHORTLISTED FOR 1999 CBC BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF 1999 NSW PREMIER S LITERARY AWARD Friendship is a slippery notion. We lose friends as we change and our friends don t, or as we form other alliances, or as we betray our friends or are ourselves betrayed ...
Alice, Hartley, Mitsy and Jamie are kids growing up in Broome before the Second World War. Their lives, although very different, are bound by friendship. Hartley and Alice Penrose are the children of an uneducated pearling master and a cultivated, disgruntled mother. Mitsy Sennosuke is Japanese, the daughter of Zeke, a diver working for Hartley and Alice s father, and Sadako, who makes soy sauce in a tin shed factory. Jamie Kilian is the son of a local magistrate, recently moved north from the city. Together, they unconsciously cross the boundaries of class and race, as they swim, joke and watch films in the cinema in Sheba Lane.
But these happy, untroubled times end when lives are lost in a terrible cyclone, Alice falls for a wealthy cattleman pilot, a young woman is assaulted, and Hartley and Jamie compete for the love of Mitsy. The Second World War brings further strain into their lives. The four friends are no longer children but old enough to fight for their country. As Japanese bombs begin to fall like silver rain on northern Australia, loyalties are divided and friendships take on an altogether different form …
This thrilling and beautifully written new novel from Garry Disher evokes an era of Australia caught up in the events of war and its effects on people torn apart from all they know and hold dear in childhood.
About The Author
Garry Disher grew up on a wheat and wool farm in South Australia. He has an MA in Australian History and has lived, worked and travelled in England, Italy, Israel and southern Africa. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first collection of short stories. Garry worked as a writing lecturer between the years 1980 and 1988, before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over thirty books, including short stories, literary novels, crime thrillers, anthologies and award-winning children s titles.
' ...wonderfully moving, exact and economical one of the best books I read in 1999.' [TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT]
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st October 2002
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1