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In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia.
On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on a vast and merciless ocean. Refugees from wartorn lands, fate has cast them ashore with only one thing in common ...fear. Rassen the doctor, Massoud the student, the child Hamid and the others all fear for their lives. But in their midst is Jalila who appears to fear nothing. The beautiful young Yazidi woman is a mystery to them all. While they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life. But good things aren't meant to last ...
Forty kilometres away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven. The people who dwell there have opinions. Many and varied opinions. The refugees are about to become the centre of attention - and Shoalhaven a microcosm of Australia at large ...
Was a little disappointed that the main storyline was set in an imaginery seaside village whereas everywhere else was true. But still a great read and as i woukd expect from Judy Nunn it was well researched.
Beautiful story of compassion
Throughly loved this story of compassion for fellow humans, and the perfect depiction of a the small fishing town & its inhabitants. Great research. No one know another's story until they stand in their shoes. Great read.
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I love Judy Nunn I have all her books
Judy Nunn has a knack to tell a story, with the characters, the scenery and dedication to Australian people
Another masterpiece from Judy
Once again Judy has given us a great story to follow ending how I hoped it would
I always enjoys Judy Nunn`s novels
I have read all of Judy`s books and find them historically accurate leading into an engaging story.
Sanctuary is very topical with Aleppo and Manus island refugees very much in the news.
Obviously well researched and brought out details of suffering and danger which is not often highlighted.
I found it quite moving and it also reminded me of our wonderful immigrant history.
A huge majority of our forebears came by ship to get away from the ravages in their homelands and Judy makes many references to this history.
Brighton, Vic, Australia
Another great read from Judy Nunn
Gives a good understanding of the backgrounds of the refugees and how ......... Read the book!
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ISBN: 9780143783855 ISBN-10: 0143783858 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 432 Published: 16th October 2017 Publisher: Random House Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.57
About the Author
Judy Nunn's career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose.
Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became instant bestsellers, and the rest is history, quite literally in fact. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historically-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish.
Her subsequent bestsellers, Kal, Beneath The Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga and Tiger Men confirm Judy's position as one of Australia's leading fiction writers.