The River House

The River House

Book - 2016
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THE BOOK CLUB PICK OF 2016! 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
Publisher: North Sydney, NSW, Random House Australia,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780143780175
Characteristics: 414 pages ; 24 cm.


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LoganLib_Phoebe Dec 28, 2016

The River House is where the family go for holidays - a place of happy carefree memories. But something happens here that impacts on their relationships and future lives. An evocative read with a wonderfully realised Australian setting.

Feb 21, 2016

Overly descriptive and a very disjointed story which didn't have a finished feel to it.

Feb 07, 2016

I loved the descriptions of the Australian landscape. I loved the memories evoked of growing up in Australia in the 1950s and 60s. Unfortunately I felt the actual story lost its way and the issues within the family were never really dealt with.

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