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The new novel from no.1 bestselling author Judy Nunn is a stunning portrait of love, hope and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia.

In Judy Nunn’s latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia.

On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on a vast and merciless ocean.

Fate has cast them ashore with only one thing in common . . . fear. Rassen the doctor, Massoud the student, the child Hamid and the others all fear for their lives. But in their midst is Jalila, who appears to fear nothing. The beautiful young Yazidi woman is a mystery to them all.

While they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life . . .

But forty kilometres away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven. Here everyone knows everyone, and everyone has their place. In Shoalhaven things never change.

Until now . . .

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143783855

    October 16, 2017

    William Heinemann Australia

    528 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143783862

    September 3, 2018

    Arrow Australia

    528 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780143783879

    October 16, 2017

    Random House Australia

    528 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
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Q&A
Writing an Island

Judy Nunn offers insights into the creation of her book Sanctuary.

Book Clubs
Sanctuary Book Club Notes

Discover the strength of the human spirit with your book club in Judy Nunn’s Sanctuary.

Also by Judy Nunn

Spirits of the Ghan
Tiger Men
Oskar the Pole
The Otto Bin Empire: Clive's Story
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Elianne
Just South of Rome
The Wardrobe
The House on Hill Street
The House on Hill Street (Storycuts)
The Wardrobe (Storycuts)
Judy Nunn Free Sampler
Maralinga
Floodtide
Pacific
Heritage
Kal
Beneath The Southern Cross
Araluen
Territory
Centre Stage
The Glitter Game

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Tiger Men
The Bear and The Nightingale
Swing Time
Breath
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
On Chesil Beach
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles