Silver Wattle Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In fear for their lives after the sudden death of their mother, Adéla and Klára must flee Prague to find refuge with their uncle in Australia. Later, Adéla becomes a film director at a time when the local industry is starting to feel the competition from Hollywood. But even while success is imminent, the issues of family and an impossible love are never far away. And ultimately dreams of the silver screen must compete with the bonds of a lifetime.
Silver Wattle confirms Belinda Alexandra as one of our foremost storytellers. Weaving fact into inspiring fiction with great flair and imagination, this is a novel as full of hope, glamour and heartbreak as the film industry itself.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 15 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 June 2010|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 47,445 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
3,409 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
14,458 in Historical Fiction (Books)
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Set in Prague and Australia, Following their mothers death and in fear for their life Klara and Adela have to flee Prague and settle in Australia with their uncle.
Yet another fabulous novel from a hugely talented author, she is one of my all time favourites. I now have withdrawal symptons I have now read all of her novels, and I have to wait until she releases another one.
Perhaps no other historical novelist has investigated the history of Australian cinema, so Belinda Alexandra's story has fresh material and scenery for historical fiction fans. Alexandra's impeccably researched story takes the reader from Prague to Sydney, Australia as two young sisters struggle to establish a safe haven after the mysterious death of their mother.
The gently twisting love story is a backdrop to a story about one young woman's ambition and creativity as Alexandra brings the challenges of the early Australian film industry to life through her fictional characters. She lovingly recreates Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the southern parts of New South Wales with careful historical detail.
My only criticism of this book is that there were too many male secondary characters, so I struggled to keep them straight. It is a beautifully stylised book, rather than plot driven. If you prefer a fast-paced book, you would probably need a deep interest in cinema and Australian history to stay engaged. I loved the style and the characterisation, so I will be reading it again and again.
When considering this item you should consider that it is very Australian, with a little European at the beginning. The characters are all lovable, and of course there is the villian.
This work has made me think about conservation and wildlife in general, although it wasn't annoyingly pushing an agenda.