Summary

When the Great War ends, Joshua Connor, a grieving farmer and sometime water diviner from the Mallee in Victoria, sets out to fulfil his wife's dying wish – to travel to Gallipoli to recover the bodies of his three sons and bury them in consecrated ground.
Crescent collides with cross, and hope with reason as he discovers that his eldest son, Art, may still be alive. When Connor makes a desperate dash into the perilous heart of Anatolia one question haunts him: if Art is alive, why hasn't he come home?
This is not a war novel, not even an anti-war novel. Instead it focuses on the battles that go on inside the hearts and minds of a small group of Australians and Turks as they struggle to bury their dead and rebuild their lives after the First World War. The story is based on first-hand resources, diaries and official records.
©2014 Andrew Anastasios (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"Veteran Australian actor Jack Thompson narrates his first audiobook with dazzling success.... Thompson's subtle performance expresses the fierce passions of the characters with powerful resonance. The audiobook simply sweeps you up and tangles you in an extraordinary story.... Powerful to the end, this is a listening saga that stays with you." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By SKYLAS on 18-06-15

spellbinding beautiful.

I saw.the.film in Fethiye Turkey I was.so pleased to listen to this book, it filled the gaps in this lovely historically accurate book.. I was able.to visualise the missing scenes from the film smiling now....

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 19-04-15

Ideal holiday listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this in a heartbeat because it''s a fast-moving narrative, beautifully spoken.

What did you like best about this story?

Jack Thompson, the reader is terrific. He creates terrific characters and really brings the story alive.

Have you listened to any of Jack Thompson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't listen to this in one go but it's tempting to do so if you can.

Any additional comments?

I have yet to see the film but I'd like to see if it's a patch on this. Brilliant.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin on 16-02-16

Emotional Odyssey

The whole thing was a journey of experience. Just when you think you know the tone, a chapter changes the way you feel, which isn't a bad thing. Without a doubt, the confession towards the end was the most heartwrenching part of the whole experience but is quickly overshadowed by the books final resolution. This is truly a fantastic tale of loss and renewal. Loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
By Goooofy Girl on 11-02-16

Beautiful

This is a beautifully written story about the commonalities in our differences. Men and women, Muslims and Christians, soldiers and civilians...loss, love, tenderness, and hatred follow no such divisionss.

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