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The Sisters' Song - Louise Allan

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2018
ISBN: 9781760296315
Number Of Pages: 368

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Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters' Song traces the lives of two very different sisters. One for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget.

As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1926, everything changes. The two young girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora's musical talent. Nora eventually follows her dream of a brilliant musical career, while Ida takes a job as a nanny and their lives become quite separate.

The two sisters are reunited when Nora's life takes an unwelcome direction and she finds herself, embittered and resentful, isolated in the Tasmanian bush with a husband and children.

Ida longs passionately for a family and when she marries Len, a reliable and good man, she hopes to soon become a mother. Over time, it becomes clear that this is never likely to happen. In Ida's eyes, it seems that Nora possesses everything in life that could possibly matter yet she values none of it.

Set in rural Tasmania over a span of seventy years, the strengths and flaws of motherhood are revealed through the mercurial relationship of these two very different sisters. The Sisters' Song speaks of dreams, children and family, all entwined with a musical thread that binds them together.

About the Author

Louise Allan is a debut author from Western Australia. This manuscript was awarded a Varuna residential fellowship in 2014 and shortlisted for the City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award. Louise grew up in Tasmania but has since moved to Perth where she lives with her husband, four children and two dogs. She is a former doctor and has a passion for music.

Amazing read


One of the best books I have ever read. Loved every minute of it & felt like I was living thoug the story



Beautiful story of sisterhood


Wonderfully nostalgic wander through 20th century Australian history.

Western Australia


Plucked my heart strings, so eloquently...


I've just finished 'The Sisters' Song' by local writer Louise Allan and could not put it down! The authenticity and love poured into each character shone from every page; plucked my heart strings so eloquently, their story will be hard to forget. I read the hard copy but bought the e-book so I can visit the characters again...

Perth, Western Australia


The Sisters' Song

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ISBN: 9781760296315
ISBN-10: 1760296317
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 2nd January 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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