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Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds.
A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob – but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born … with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives – until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

'A deserved bestseller, based on fact, a story told with heartbreaking honesty.' Australian Women's Weekly

'Courtenay draws on the social satire of Jane Austen and the dark forces of Thomas Hardy, and his tragic heroine parallels Antigone … ' Herald Sun

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143004615

    August 28, 2006

    Penguin

    688 pages

    RRP $24.95

    Online retailers

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    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742280653

    August 28, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    696 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
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A Recipe for Dreaming
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Tommo And Hawk
The Power Of One
Tommo & Hawk
The Family Frying Pan
Whitethorn
Brother Fish
Solomon's Song
The Power of One: Young Readers' Ed

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To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
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The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Dragonfly In Amber
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Tiger Men
The Alphabet Sisters
Ready Player One
Breath
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Woolgrower's Companion
The Secret Vineyard