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The River House is a spellbinding debut novel, resonant of childhoods past and the beauty of the Australian countryside.

It is the late 1940s, and the Broody River runs through a maze of sandbanks into the Coral Sea. On its southern bank lies the holiday town of Baroodibah. But its northern shore is wild – unsettled except for the River House, an old weatherboard box on stumps where the Carlyle family take their holidays.

For four-year-old Laurie Carlyle the house and its untold stories fire the imagination. It is a place of boating trips and nature collections, of the wind howling, the sheoaks sighing and the pelicans soaring into the blue sky.

But when a squabble between Laurie and her older brother Tony takes an unexpected turn, she detects the first hints of family discord. As the years pass, the River House holidays seem to shine a light on the undercurrents in the family: the secret from her mother’s past, the bitterness between Tony and their father Doug, and her sister Miranda’s increasingly erratic and dangerous behaviour . . .

Following the family’s story through the decades, The River House is a richly nostalgic novel about love and betrayal, personal tragedy and thwarted ambition, illusion and remorse. Above all it is about change, and the slow but relentless march of time.

"Evocative, deeply Australian and beautifully written. A treat to read" Susan Duncan

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Evocative, deeply Australian and beautifully written. A treat to read.

Susan Duncan

To read this novel is to sniff the tang of a river wending its way to the nearby sea, hear the rustle of paperbarks and the creaking of an old house. Four stars.

Good Reading

A compelling read.

Gold Coast Bulletin

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  • Paperback

    9780143784654

    January 3, 2017

    Bantam Australia

    432 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143780175

    January 4, 2016

    Bantam Australia

    432 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143780182

    January 4, 2016

    RHA eBooks Adult

    432 pages

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