Sunday, October 31, 2010

Book Review: BEREFT, Chris Womersley

Chris Womersley’s second book is a wonderful story about Australia, its history and its culture. A must read for all Australians.

The book is set in the small rural town of Flint in the outback of NSW and begins with the brutal murder of a child in the early 1900s. The lead character, Quinn Walker, returns from World War I and while tortured by shocking memories is forced to deal with the aftermath of his sister’s death. A tragic situation that is extreme and bizarre. Quinn meets a girl, Sadie, who works with him to restore his faith in humanity and life. He embarks on a journey that takes him to places he never thought he would go.

Womersley writes with such beautiful clarity that you are standing beside Quinn on his quest for redemption. He describes the Australian countryside with wonderful ease and accuracy. You’ll hear his voice, smell the rich scent of the air and vividly see the world that surrounds. You’ll be right there.

Brilliantly written, and a tragedy if missed.

Pennie Hayes
30 October 2010


  1. I've heard nothing but good things about this book, it's high on my TBR list.

  2. I found this book a good read as well - I also liked the authenticity of the return from war, which centred around the spread of the spanish flu at the time, the undertones of the supernatural were also well done ... not over the top, just subtle
    And, 'australian' books are always quite special to me .. having also recently read The White Earth by Andrew McGahan (2005) .. they make me feel patriotic !?

  3. Yes, I loved the book too! And it was great listening to Chris talk at the Beginnings event