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Why is a massive bridge being built to connect the sleepy island of Bruny with the mainland of Tasmania? And why have terrorists blown it up?  

When the Bruny bridge is bombed, UN troubleshooter Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, her mother is fading and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go. 

Bruny is a searing, subversive novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order. It is a gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist, a love story, a cry from the heart and a fiercely entertaining and crucial work of imagination that asks the burning question: what would you do to protect the place you love?  

By the best-selling author of The Museum of Modern Love, winner of the 2017 Stella Prize, the 2017 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize.

©2019 Heather Rose (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Good delivery but story disappointing

Seemed essentially an ode to Tassie, which is fine by me. Or maybe that’s what I chose to think as there seemed to be so many disparate ‘aims’ in this novel, all a clunkily handled. Environmental, political diatribe; character driven thriller; love story. I’m guessing that it was aiming to be the character driven thriller, with love backstory (not particularly engaging), set against an environmental/political disintegration of the immediate future (loved prescience of the outrage of cruise ships with flu epidemics emptying their cargo directly into Hobart streets), but each strand seemed to overtake the other for focus, then lose momentum - except for the pol/environ diatribe. Having set up the characters with some care & promise, any suspense was quashed by ‘reportage’, the reveals were mundane, the characters forgotten, the ‘twists’ signposted from the start, the love story unconvincing. Frankly making a ‘touching’ night in a storm the focus as the ‘intrigue’ came to a head was a cheesy cop-out. The last couple of chapters all felt denouement. Made me wonder, frankly, where the editor was - he/she did little to support a potentially engaging writer by not demanding ‘cut’, ‘cut’ ‘cut’. I stuck with it but was so disappointed & frustrated by it.

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A cracking read

This is an extremely clever political thriller; the premise of which was both awful and all too believable at the same time. It was well read and moved along at such a pace that there was never a second where it flagged. I have only ever given one other of the over 200 books I have had on Audible five stars, but Bruny is well worth a five star review.

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Borrow from your Library

l found this a very disappointing book. Disappointing in two ways :- First the goodie goodie family at the focus of this book and :- Secondly the total lack of believability of the plot.

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Good backstory got consumed by Political rant

Book was interesting at beginning, loved the insight and scenic depictions of Tasmania...BUT the story got totally stream-rolled by intense political judgement and commentary. I really became very annoyed and was shaking my head towards the end.

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One of the best books so far

It was a funny, exciting, detailed, very descriptive story and well narrated. I feel like I want to visit Tasmania's Bruny Island now.

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At Last

We Tasmanians are a clever bunch and this book exemplifies our deep abiding love of place and our powerful voice when roused. Entwined in a compelling narrative this is on my best books list. Thanks Heather

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Was heading for a 5 star until the ending!

Interesting and enjoyable, even if there was not a huge depth invested in the characters. Highly topical and even prescient. Would be interesting to know exactly when Heather penned her final words! I thought I was heading for a 5 star review but the ending was disappointing. Expressed in musical terms the major part of the novel was in a dark, minor key and then there there was a sudden tonal shift to a major key in the final chapters with not only an unearned happy ending but a didactic style relying on telling rather than showing. But I must admit that the disclosure of Astrid's part in it all was nicely done. Nevertheless a worthwhile read in today's times so still highly recommended. Reading performance only average, but I guess I am spoiled by Richard Aspel and Deidre Rubenstein (my wife and I now search for books by reader, especially those two, as well as by author)

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Disappointing

After loving Museum of modern love this was a real disappointment. I've never done so many eye rolls whilst listening to an audio book!

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The book was an interesting read, with lovely descriptions of Tasmania. The story started out strong, but does get slightly over done towards the end. Be prepared to push through some intense political judgement and commentary.

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Brilliant in all respects

A year ago this storyline would have been scoffed at as outlandish fantasy... but now I'd call it a nightmarish parable. Fabulous narration and storytelling at its best with well layered characters and suspense throughout, leaving us wanting more and chewing long and hard on the food for thought provided.

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  • 28-11-2019

The best book I've read (or listened to) in years

Bruny is a very gripping story about a major political threat to Tasmania, the island to the bottom of Australia. It is beautifully written and the narration is excellent and adds to the story. It should appeal to anyone who enjoys well written, gripping literature, although possibly more to women over 40 as the protagonist is in that age group. Highly recommended! One of those books you don't want to finish.

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  • Bart C.
  • 15-12-2020

Slow to start but worth pursuing

A fiction but worryingly prescient. Read it in current climate of Chinese antics with respect to Australian trade

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  • 07-02-2020

Heavy handed and irritating

How many times do you get to describe a one trick pony story? There is a good story here that deserves airing but there is absolutely no subtlety or finesse in the construction of the story. It would have been easy to be sympathetic and supportive, whatever our own political preferences but none Luke’s the sledgehammer proselytizing. And the actor’s complete approach/tone was like a newcomer to both acting and voice acting. The actual inclusion of mock laughing was so intrusive and should never be a part of an audible tale for grownups. At least the words were usually pronounced correctly. The last one I listened to from the same studio was so full of mispronunciations that I stopped when my list grew past 50 instances. This was not an attempt at a literary novel.

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