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A pure delight to read

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Reviewed: 29-05-2019

Rose Tremain transports the reader to the remote frontiers of New Zealand and carries you away on the shoulders of her main characters Harriet and Joseph Blackstone. Her skillful and poetic writing beautifully captures the hardships and heartache of this life when the human spirit is pitted against Mother Nature.

A cracker

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Reviewed: 28-08-2017

An absolute brilliant book read by an equally brilliant narrator. A memorable novel that is a must read.

An absolute delight

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Reviewed: 07-03-2017

This book is one of life's pure delights.

An simple tale of life woven with insightful character building as the story progresses.
Helen Simonson's skillful use of the English language held me captive for the duration of the book, bringing me both to tears and laughter.
Sorry to see the end of the story and I almost want to read it again but this time more slowly!
Thoroughly recommend both the book and the narrator.

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Another Delightful Episode

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Reviewed: 28-08-2016

An absolute delight and joy to listen to from both the story and delivery. AMS never disappoints in his story telling and ability to move you to tears one minute and the next to laughter. I often found myself so engrossed in the tale unfolding, walking along the street smiling from ear to ear or bursting out laughing and people looking at me strangely. Sad it had to end and can't wait for the next installment from Scotland Street.

On a magic carpet ride

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Reviewed: 26-05-2015

The Water Diviner was indeed a magical ride back and forth into our historical past and the present.

The story sees our main character, Joshua Connor, a grieving father/farmer/water diviner from the Mallee in Victoria, who leaves everything he knows and sets out to fulfil his wife's dying wish and travels to Gallipoli to recover the bodies of his adored 3 sons and bury them in consecrated ground.

The iconic Aussie, Jack Thompson utilises his award winning acting talents to take you on this incredibly moving, yet uplifting journey together with Joshua, showing us inside the man and experiencing the raw pain of a heartbroken father/husband who has lost everything he thought was his to own.

With nothing to lose, he leaves the world he has always known and is thrust into an alien unknown new world, fuelled by a blinding mission to find his sons bodies among the 1000's lost at the Gallipoli landing. He meets some wonderfully colourful characters who scratch at the hard exterior of the broken man and who, through persistence, kindness, decency and honour aide him in his quest and eventually break through his reserve and befriend him. It is a very different Joshua Connor that emerges at the end of this story.

It is a tale of great sadness but also one of hope and joy as the author shows us that life is both transient but nevertheless precious to those that hold us dear.

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