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Text Publishing Company
22 August 2012
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD From the moment he saw her, wrapped in a blanket at the hospital, Jesse knew that he'd be the one to look after his little sister, Rachel. Mum was always on the move and always bringing home trouble. When his mum's appetite for destruction leads the little family into the arms of Ray Crow, beneath the charm and charisma, Jesse sees the brooding violence and knows that, this time, the trouble is real. But Jesse's just a kid and even as he tries to save his sister, he makes a fatal error that exposes them to the kind of danger he has sworn to protect Rachel from. As their little world is torn to pieces, the children learn that, when you are lost and alone, the only thing you can trust is what's in your blood. Blood is an epic moral fable, a gothic odyssey set on the back roads of Australia. In understated prose touched with poetry, it finds tenderness in a world without sanctuary and the strength of innocence amidst violence and genuine evil.

 

PRAISE FOR BLOOD 'Many of us have known for a long time what a wonderful storyteller Tony Birch is.  Blood confirms it - and how.  The terrain is hard, unflinching but also imbued with a deeply resonant humanism. For at its heart there is Jesse, the young narrator whose voice is urgent and compelling, sweet and direct.' Christos Tsiolkas 'Irresistibly compelling.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Nothing short of outstanding. Tony Birch could take home a few prizes, deservedly so. Blood is a humanist masterpiece that has been worth the wait.' Australian Book Review 'Blood keeps us on edge from the outset. Jesse is an endearing mix of love, cynicism, patience and survival instincts.' Good Reading 'A novel about what makes and what breaks a family. It is emotional. It is at turns tender and intense. It is a novel worth reading.'  Avid Reader 'Darkly suffused with the gritty realism of young children doing it tough in a world of dysfunctional adults.' Sunday Canberra Times 'An absorbing and endearing tale of children in adversity. The story is told from Jesse's point of view, and Birch pulls this off beautifully with a compelling combination of flinty Australian vernacular and boyish candour. It's impressive stuff.' Weekend Australian 'This is a fractured fairytale, a dark Australian road story, but also an affecting tale about the bond between a brother and sister, and how the most unexpected people can transform lives. Birch delivers edge-of-your-seat suspense and engrossing characterisation in equal measures.' Readings Monthly 'The story is gripping, and I am in awe of Birch's ability to paint brilliant scenes and emotions with so few words.' Manly Daily 'The book explodes in its last third with equal parts exhilaration and dread, racing to a seemingly inevitable end that is awful, but not without hope, and leaves you bruised. A fantastic book.' Newcastle Herald 'Birch develops a gripping tale and readers will be left thinking even after they turn the last page.' Port Macquarie News
By:   Tony Birch
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   253g
ISBN:   9780702249549
ISBN 10:   0702249548
Publication Date:   22 August 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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