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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman

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Text Publishing Company
02 April 2018
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Tom Hope doesn't think he's much of a farmer, but he's doing his best. He can't have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure.

It's only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom's heart breaks all over again.

Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic small town bookseller - the second Jew (and the most vivid person) - Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy.

But it is 1968 - and 24 years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak which he can barely even begin to imagine...
By:   Robert Hillman
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   382g
ISBN:   9781925603439
ISBN 10:   1925603431
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   02 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Hillman has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the National Biography Award, and Joyful, published by Text in 2014. He lives in Melbourne.

Reviews for The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

`While it may not be a novel's main purpose, certainly one of its pleasures can lie in how it witnesses the history of the form itself...Robert Hillman's Joyful is most immediately a nineteenth-century novel, a detailed work that portrays an entire, sealed world of complex and ultimately connected storylines.' * Australian Book Review, on Joyful * `Counting against all [the] business is Hillman's gift for compelling characters, the elegance of his prose and his genius with inventive, surprising dialogue.' * The Saturday Paper, on Joyful * `Hillman's prose is a pleasure to read, elegantly alert to the paradox of strong feeling [and] full of poetry.' * Australian, on Joyful * `The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted is a celebration of the re-creation of families after heartbreak, and in particular the love between father and son. Highly recommended.' * New Zealand Herald * `The writer conveys depth of character, emotion, time and place with skilfully succinct prose.' * NZ Women's Weekly * `There is a tender, limpid flow to Hillman's beautifully-paced prose that makes it a joy to read as it gently privileges seasons, weather, steadfastness and love, and the farm's expansive outlook across the countryside over inevitable episodes of violence, loss and pain.' * Adelaide Advertiser * `Robert Hillman entwines, with risk and skill, different and seemingly incompatible stories...He adds heft to the distinguished fiction of rural Australia.' * Australian * `Hillman's ability to conjure up the rhythms and texture of rural life is a source of joy...This is a novel about the importance of freedom as well as the redemptive qualities of love - and how facing up to the past can be the key to both freedom and love.' * Saturday Paper * `While this tale contains darkness and heartache, they are accompanied by truth and love, and ultimately, hope, and the human capacity to overcome...A sensitive, enthralling story, destined to become a favourite.' * Books+Publishing * `This is a story with love and laughter, guilt and grief, cruelty and kindness. All this is wrapped in beautiful descriptive prose... A wonderful and moving read.' * BookMooch * `I found that the novel beautifully represents Hillman's inherent understanding of Australia and its people. This is a novel of desolation, and it is ultimately a love story. Frankly for me it doesn't get better.' * Readings Monthly * 'A novel of great spirit and tenderness.' -- Carrie Tiffany


  • Long-listed for Australian Book Industry Award, Small Publishers' Book of the Year 2019 (Australia)

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