By (author) Chris Womersley

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 24mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857386549
  • ISBN 13: 9780857386540
  • Sales rank: 48,510

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A CRIME UNSPEAKABLE. Australia, 1919. Quinn Walker returns from the Great War to the New South Wales town of Flint: the birthplace he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of a heinous act. A LIE UNFORGIVABLE. Aware of the townsmen's vow to hang him, Quinn takes to the surrounding hills. Here, deciding upon his plan of action, and questioning just what he has returned for, he meets Sadie Fox. A BOND UNBREAKABLE. This mysterious girl seems to know, and share, his darkest fear. And, as their bond greatens, Quinn learns what he must do to lay the ghosts of his past, and Sadie's present, to rest.

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Author information

Chris Womersley was born in Melbourne in 1968. His fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta New Writing and The Age, and In 2007 one of his short stories won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize. Bereft is his second novel.

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'A beautiful novel ... it is barely possible to put the book down' Debra Adelaide. 'A dark brooding story of war, family secrets and a man's search for justice' Michael Robotham. 'I hammered through Bereft in a day; I didn't want to be away from it' Evie Wyld, author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice. 'Chris Womersley has written a narrative that grips like a dingo's jaws ... This is a distinguishable novel' The Independent. 'This period literary thriller, with its dark, compelling, atmospheric writing and strong themes of atonement, is a book to read in a single sitting' New Books Magazine. 'This has to go down as one of the best novels of the year ... this is one novel you should definitely have high up on the list to discover. The sooner you read it, the longer it will be staying with you' We Love This Book. 'Just once in a while, a thriller comes along that is so good it takes your breath away. Womersley's second novel does that in a heartbeat' Daily Mail. 'Bereft is an other-worldly and utterly compelling story of grief and loss' Bookgroupinfo. 'a timeless, concise telling of an excellent story. It's one of those narrations where every word has been strongly considered, but that's never on show' Bookbag. 'an original book ... a refreshing change from the normal run of crime books' CrimeSquad. 'excellent evocative writing' Historical Novel Society. 'The beauty of it is in the prose: concrete, detailed, yet fast-paced' Black Sheep Dances. 'It's the mystery of this novel accompanied with such vivid imagery that makes this a compelling read' Buzz. 'This is a haunting, perturbing novel which grabs the reader and doesn't let go after the last page has been turned' Press Association. 'If you liked The Road, then this is for you' The Journal Online.