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Australia, 1975. Daydreamer, Jack, cycles to school each morning in the dull country town of Miller’s Creek, wishing he had a like-minded friend. When Mel and her mother move in next door, it is as if his prayers have been answered. But as Jack and Mel become inseparable, forces conspire to tear them apart and shake up the sleepy town forever. Playful ... magical ... moving. More

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About Tom Conyers

Tom Conyers, an award-winning filmmaker (The Caretaker – 2012), is also a playwright, painter, illustrator and photographer.

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Review by: Trevor Willson on Dec. 12, 2014 :
I loved this book.

Set in South Australia, in the early 1970’s, with the Whitlam government providing the impetus for change in the country, it is the story of two young kindred spirits and how their bonding both brings together and destroys the adults around them.

Jack and Mel are great lead characters, well drawn, not always sympathetically, but always interesting. Their relationship grows as the book progresses, from one of suspicion, to being best mates, who can intuitively understand what each other is thinking.

In fact all of the characters are well fleshed out and interesting, with interesting sub-stories in the supporting cast. In particular I liked Daniel, Jack’s father, and wanted to know more about him and understand his back story in greater detail.

There are several twists in this novel though the last one came completely unexpectedly to me, and was not where I thought the story was going, thus keeping my interest right to the last page, as I was unsure where we were going to end up.

This is the second Tom Conyers novel that I have read, and I am certainly looking forward to his next.
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