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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864715774
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 684
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Stillwater Creek




Alison Booth’s dazzling debut, set in a beautiful coastal town of NSW, is an unforgettable, heart-warming novel about love and loss, betrayal and hope...

Alison Booth’s dazzling debut, set in a beautiful coastal town of NSW, is an unforgettable, heart-warming novel about love and loss, betrayal and hope...

It's 1957 and, after the death of her husband, pianist Ilona Talivaldis and her nine-year-old daughter Zidra, travel to the remote coastal town of Jingera in New South Wales. Ilona, a concentration camp survivor from Latvia, is searching for peace and the opportunity to start anew. In her beautiful vine-covered cottage on the edge of the lagoon, she has plans to set herself up as a piano teacher.

The weeks pass, and slowly mother and daughter get to know the townsfolk - including kind-hearted butcher George Cadwallader, who is forever gazing at the stars; his son, Jim, a boy wise beyond his years; Peter Vincent, former wartime pilot and prisoner-of-war; and Cherry Bates, the publican's wife who is about to make a horrifying discovery…

For Jingera is not quite the utopia Ilona imagines it to be - and at risk is the one thing Ilona holds dear…

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864715774
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 684

About the Author

Alison Booth

Alison Booth was born in Melbourne and grew up in Sydney. She is a professor at the Australian National University and the author of three novels: Stillwater Creek, The Indigo Sky and A Distant Land, all set in the fictional town of Jingera. She lives with her husband in Canberra's inner north, and has spent two decades living and working in the UK.

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Praise for Stillwater Creek

“A finely observed historical drama set in small-town Australia in the 1950s … evocative and eminently readable.”

The Age

“Fans of Di Morrissey will enjoy discovering a new talent.”

Herald Sun

“A mythical town and its people are brought beautifully to life … a really lovely book.”

Sunday Telegraph

“I loved the characters, the scenery, the dramas, the gentle humour, and the sense of Australia as it once was. Enjoy a feel-good beach read this summer!”

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