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Brimming with warmth and wit, Susan Duncan's first novel is a delicious tale of friendship and love, and the search for a place to call home...

Ettie Brookbank is the heart and soul of Cook's Basin, a sleepy offshore community comprising a cluster of dazzling blue bays. But for all the idyllic surroundings, Ettie can't help wondering where her dreams have disappeared to.

Until fate offers her a lifeline - in the shape of a lopsided little café on the water's edge.

When Bertie, its cantankerous septuagenarian owner, offers her 'the Briny' for a knockdown price, it's an opportunity too good to miss. But it's a mammoth task - and she'll need a partner.

Enter Kate Jackson, the enigmatic new resident of the haunted house on Oyster Bay. Kate is also clearly at a crossroads - running from a life in the city that has left her lonely and lost. Could a ramshackle cafe and its endearingly eccentric customers deliver the new start both women so desperately crave?

Reviews

The Briny Cafe is a delightful, refreshing read. One gets a clear picture of the life of this small community by the water.

Cheryl Akle, The Circle

You'll fall in love with this gentle, character-filled tale of life on the edge.

Australian Women's Weekly

With this cast Duncan embraces the gamut of human emotions and experiences in an engaging and satisfying manner which makes enthralling reading...it is an uplifting, feel-good story encouraging us all to follow our dreams.

Annie Hartland, Toowoomba Chronicle

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781741668209

    September 1, 2011

    Bantam Australia

    370 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Paperback

    9781742753065

    March 20, 2012

    Bantam Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742754383

    August 31, 2011

    Random House Australia

    368 pages

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