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Publisher's Summary

A wonderfully tender and moving novel by award-winning author Robert Hillman.

Tom Hope doesn’t think he’s much of a farmer, but he’s doing his best. He can’t have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure. It’s only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom’s heart breaks all over again.

Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic small-town bookseller: the second Jew, and the most vivid person, Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy. 

But it is 1968: 24 years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine. 

©2018 Robert Hillman (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“Hillman’s ability to conjure up the rhythms and texture of rural life is a source of joy... This is a novel about the importance of freedom as well as the redemptive qualities of love - and how facing up to the past can be the key to both freedom and love." (Saturday Paper)

"Robert Hillman entwines, with risk and skill, different and seemingly incompatible stories... He adds heft to the distinguished fiction of rural Australia." (Australian)

"The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted is a celebration of the re-creation of families after heartbreak, and in particular the love between father and son. Highly recommended." (New Zealand Herald)

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Might be the best audiologist I've ever listened t

Might be the best audio book I've ever listened to. Fantastic narrator brought complex characters to life. loved it.

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great Australian novel

set in outback Australia but linking in the war, books, love and murder.
great book that I couldn't stop listening to.

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Beautifully written and narrated

An interesting and unusual story that tugs at the heart strings. A story of love and loss and renewed faith. I love the author's easy style and descriptive passages. Beautifully narrated. I thought it ended a bit too abruptly. I would have liked a little more.

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