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When eight-year-old Fin and his mum, Lindy, travel to spend Christmas with his gran in Sydney, Fin assumes they’ll return to their isolated country property - the only home he’s ever known. But he soon discovers that this large and crumbling riverside house, surrounded by bush and unwelcoming neighbours, is his home now. 

As Lindy’s fragile emotions fracture under the weight of Gran’s disapproval and the pressure of old memories, Fin holds onto a tenderness of spirit and the simple clarity he has learnt from his isolation on the farm - an insight that hasn’t yet been clouded by the secret codes of adulthood. But as the life he has known crumbles around him, Fin learns that no-one is coming to his rescue, and he sets off on a journey to find his way home.  

A clear-eyed, big-hearted novel, Home and Other Hiding Places is a stunning portrait of a boy navigating the world of adult secrets.

©2022 Jack Ellis (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"I loved this wise, tender, funny novel. Fin, having broken my heart, will live there forever." (Fiona McFarlane)

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This novel came up in a list of recommended titles for me and I thought I'd give it a go. Am so glad I did! It is such a moving and poignant story that highlights how innocent and yet perceptive children really are, and the damage adults can do. Jack Ellis writes with incredible authenticity and the narrator does a wonderful job too. 5 stars all-round!

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A great adventure story, told with nostalgic Aussie vernacular about the many ways of loving and showing love.
Home and Other Hiding Places covers extensive Australian terrain - culture and landscape. And reminds us all of the astute observations of children and the world they are born into - its limitations, pain, shame and possibilities.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.