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One tragic event connects four lives in this haunting story of loss, love and renewal. Burned is the winner of the National Seniors Literary Prize 2013. Noah Daniels is an innocent young boy who treasures the telescope his father bought him and who daydreams of one day travelling through space ... His mother Kate nurses bittersweet memories of her marriage to Richard and deeply regrets moving the family from Sydney to England ... Malcolm Martin is still paralysed with grief twenty years after the death of his son. Home for him now is a park bench by the canal ... And then there's Matthew Hooper - a classmate of Noah's - who has come to suspect his older brother, Tom, has a dangerous obsession with fire... Four people, from opposites sides of the world, are about to be brought together by one horrifying event that will burn them forever.show more

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About Persephone Nicholas

Persephone Nicholas is a UK born author and journalist now living in Sydney.She has written for The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and magazines including Reader s Digest, Prevention and Holidays with Kids. Her first novel, Burned, was the winner of the National Seniors Literary Prize 2013 and will be published by Random House Australia in June this year. Persephone is married and lives with her husband and two young sons at Balmoral Beach on Sydney s Lower North Shore. When she isn t writing, Persephone likes being outdoors with her family and friends.show more

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Burned is a stunning book - well constructed and beautifully written. A gripping tale, telling the story of four families and their children. A clever mix of family drama, with elements of a psychological thriller - there's something to please everyone. A young boy, Noah, witnesses a brutal attack on a homeless man. The story describes the dramatic repercussions from this one event on the families. I found the book fascinating, with totally believable and sometimes loveable characters. The author's thoughtful and sensitive approach to the frailties of human nature make compelling reading. She grabs the reader's attention on the first page, making it a struggle to put the book down. I finished reading it at 3am one morning - a sure sign of a riveting read. I loved the author's powerful description of the contrasting lifestyles in England and Australia. She succeeds in bringing both locations alive. I'm now determined to visit Australia to discover its wonders for myself. I highly recommend Burned. It's an excellent read and I'm already looking forward to the next book from Persephone Nicholas.show more
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