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A Solitary Walk on the Moon

Hilde Hinton



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Hachette Australia
30 March 2022

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Evelyn has her routine and her interests. She runs the local laundromat and is acutely aware of the people around her, although she doesn't like to intervene too often, when she sees something wrong she likes to rectify the situation. She has her favourites, most particularly young Ben whose mother seems to be making a mess of life - not that she judges June. And whilst she likes to keep some distance from other people, she befriends kind-hearted Don from the paintshop, which leads to other connections, and decisions that aren't ordinary in scope or effect… A beautifully written and gentle story, that never categorises Evelyn's strange behaviours, accepting her neuro-diversity (my interpretation!) without judging her. Each character, no matter how minor, has their own heft and depth, and this adds to the richness of a seemingly simple tale of community and empathy. Lindy

'Evelyn went to the third drawer down in her dresser. It was her drawer of things past ... she had an item from each of her previous lives. Evelyn was good at reinventing herself, becoming who she was going to be next, but she still kept one thing from each life. Never two.'

For Evelyn, mornings pass as mornings always do. She ticks off the jobs at the laundromat and gives welcoming smiles to those who come in. If they've earned one.

Evelyn knows what is going on in her community because she pays attention. She sees the weariness of the frazzled shop owners, the woman with the nasty boyfriend, the nice man with the curly-topped dog, the car parking war and the forgetful man. The community might not notice Evelyn, because it is easy to overlook the seemingly ordinary. But Evelyn is far from ordinary. She isn't afraid to put things right, and is always ready to find lost property or lost people - even if that means breaking the rules.

For a boy with a struggling mum, and a lonely man with a smile in his eyes, Evelyn is going to make a difference, whether they like it or not. She will teach them that you don't have to be blood to be family. And they will remind her of what comes from loving someone. It is up to Evelyn if she can pay the price.

With a joyous and unique touch, Hilde Hinton's extraordinary novel A SOLITARY WALK ON THE MOON gives us an insight into the people we pass on the street. In detailing their rich lives, she breaks then mends our hearts with her wisdom, her insight and her unforgettable characters who remind us what can happen if we stop and say hello.

Praise for Hilde Hinton

'Hinton has an ear for dialogue and an eye for detail, but her work's greatest asset is its heart. Her moving, well-realised debut [The Loudness of Unsaid Things] introduces a promising Australian writer. - Australian Book Review
 A Solitary Walk on the Moon

Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 150mm,  Width: 233mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   370g
ISBN:   9780733647048
ISBN 10:   0733647049
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hilde Hinton avoided being a writer for many years. But after her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Loudness of Unsaid Things, made a number of bestseller lists, everything changed. Now the stories won't stop. Hilde, dedicated big sister to Connie and Samuel Johnson, lives in a boisterous house in Melbourne with a revolving door for the temporarily defeated and takes great pride in people leaving slightly better than when they arrived. Her children are mostly loved. And so are her books.

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