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Sixty Summers

Narrated by: Taylor Owynns
Length: 12 hrs
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Life is too short for compromise....

When Maggie, Fran and Rose met in their youth, they had dreams and ambitions. Forty years later, the three friends are turning 60, all of them restless and disenchanted with their lives.  

In an attempt to recapture the sense of freedom and purpose they once possessed, they decide to retrace the steps of their 1978 backpacking trip through Europe. What could possibly go wrong?  

As they set off on their trip, it will prove to be an odyssey that will test their friendship, challenge their beliefs and redefine the third age of their lives.  

From the best-selling author of The French Perfumer and The Yellow Villa.

©2019 Amanda Hampson (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • 18-12-2019

A heartwarming story

Amanda Hampson’s heartfelt novel is a travelogue of both Europe and the lives of three women turning sixty.

Maggie, Fran and Rose are long-time friends who are each disenfranchised with their lives. In an attempt to rediscover the dreams and hopes they’d lost, the trio decide to relive their European holiday from forty years earlier. Now older and wiser, with a different view on life, the holiday is far from what they expect but precisely what they need to rediscover themselves and what’s important to them now.

The personalities and relationships of Hampson’s characters are all distinct and recognisable, from the friendship between the three main protagonists, to the needy family, disapproving yiayia and the people the women meet on their journey.

Hampson’s storytelling is full of warmth and humour, while her descriptive prose conjures up wonderful images of the locations through the reminiscing eyes of the travellers.

It’s great to find an adventurous book centering around an older generation, particularly one as well realised as Sixty Summers where the characters and situations are relatable to readers of any age.

The audiobook version runs for twelve hours and is narrated by the ever-talented Taylor Owynns, an Aussie actor who with a penchant for accents, making her an ideal choice to present the multicultural parade of characters in this books. It’s well worth a listen for both the quality of Hampson’s writing and the skill of Owynns engaging reading.

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Pleasantly surprised ❤️

I loved how the story explored the complicated lives of her three main characters and especially loved her portrayal of the men in their lives. Excellent showcase of strong friendships, loyalty & cultural machinations. I absolutely love powerful women stories. We need more of them.. Thank you😍

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Best part was finishing the book

I was so bored with this book ...interesting stories of the 3 women’s families but their inner thoughts went on and on and on

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  • 05-11-2019

WOW!

Really loved this book no doubt because- I’m in that age bracket
- I can relate to the story
-I am an Aussie!😊