In this lyrical and life-affirming novel by the bestselling author of Private Peaceful, Arthur Hobhouse’s post-WWII journey from England to Australia leads him through loss, mistreatment, and forced labor in the Australian outback, but it’s his enduring love for the sea and a chance encounter with a nurse that ultimately piece together the fragments of his broken life.
How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming new novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful.
There were dozens of us on the ship, all ages, boys and girls, and we were all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye, I thought they were waving good-bye. None of us spoke. It was a grey day with drizzle in the air, the great sad cranes bowing to the ship from the docks as we steamed past. That is all I remember of England.
When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII, he loses his sister, his country, and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect, and forced labor in the Australian outback. But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boatbuilding business, all the pieces of his broken life come together. ( 4 CD Set )