How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming new novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful
There were dozens of us on the ship, all ages, boys and girls, and we were all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye, I thought they were waving good-bye. None of us spoke. It was a grey day with drizzle in the air, the great sad cranes bowing to the ship from the docks as we steamed past. That is all I remember of England
When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boat-building business, all the pieces of his broken life come together.
Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose love of the sea is as strong and as vital as her father's. Now Allie has a boat that will take her to England solo, across the world's roughest seas, in search of her father's long-lost sister... Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?
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Michael Morpurgo packs so much into his writing and it is brought alive by equally good narrators. A must read/listen.
Fantastic excellent micheal morpurgo has and done it again I have loved his books and read most of them at least once my favourite being ' long way home ' I am 35 I have 2 young kids and one day I will read them books I have loved.
I enjoy many genres but mostly crime series. Favourite narrators - Robert Glenister, Steven Pacey, Jonathan Keeble. I ❤️ Audible!
I love Michael Morpurgo's books despite them being written for children: although following the screen and stage adaptations of War Horse, perhaps more adults appreciate his work now. This tale draws you in from Part 1 which is the life story of a young orphan boy, sent to Australia, followed by Part. II which recounts the lone sailing voyage his daughter embarks on, to fulfil a promise to her dad before he died, in the hope of finding his long lost sister Kitty. At times heartbreaking (his time at the orphanage) but also heartwarming with a feel good factor especially at the end.
A great listen for older children and adults.
Absolutely loved the story, could listen to this audio book over & over again. Very moving story, loveable characters and wonderful description of the sea.
Moby dick, due to the description of the sea.
Somehow they bring the characters to life.
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