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Bruny

Narrated by: Zoe Carides
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
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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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Novel of dystopian near-future

As i began this book I wondered if there really is a huge bridge from Kettering to Bruny Island, then realized that of course there isn't - yet. Heather Rose makes this dystopian near-future all too real. She also makes the story very enjoyable, however depressing it becomes. The family story is a bit soap-opera in places, but after a while I accepted this and got on with it. Tehre is nothing quite like this in Australian fiction as far as I know - except possibly On the Beach by Neville Shute. I could imagine a movie of Bruny, though the bridge would have to be done in CGI - would that be possible?
Zoe Carides read well, though I kept thinking that a woman who grew up in Australia up to the age of 18 would revert to her Australian accent when she returned in mid-life, surely. The American accent became distracting, for me.

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A good sermon

I grew up down the Channel and spent my summers at Dennes Point, so I was curious to listen to this story. I struggled to finish it. It felt more like listening to a sermon than listening to a story.

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Great book and listening experience

Sometimes it all comes together beautifully... Zoe Carides’ narration added so much to this great story by Heather Rose. I enjoyed every minute of it. Probably the best audio book I’ve listened to

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Absolutely marvellous

Thank you Heather Rose for another terrific read. Thoroughly local, extremely topical and near credible.

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A captivating and enjoyable story from start to finish.

A beautifully interwoven story of family, loyalties, politics, global issues and place. Masterfully narrated by Zoe Carides.

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  • Ali
  • 17-10-2019

Beautifully written, emotionally engaging

environmental activism, dysfinctional family, espionage, romance, Shakespeare, ode to Tassie.... I LOVED this book

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Fantastic-definitely a must read

This book keep me totally engaged, it was enlightening, frightening and empowering . It left me feeling all the more passionate about making change in our world, about connecting with the people and places we love. A very brave and entertaining book.

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  • Wendy
  • 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.