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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Author: Robert Hillman
$37.00(NZD)  inc GST

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 smalltown 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: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a batttle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.

Robert Hillmanhas 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.

''Hillman provides a skillful portrait of the Australian landscape and those who live in it, including the psychic postie and flirty butcher. It''s a simple story, well told.'' North & South

''This book is a masterclass in producing maximum emotional impact without embellishment.'' Otago Daily Times

''It is not often that a novel is both a great read and a sobering chronicle about the painful possibilities of human behaviour...Robert Hillman''s The Bookshop of the Broken Heartedis such a one.'' Sydney Morning Herald

''A novel of great spirit and tenderness.'' Carrie Tiffany

''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

''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

''A tender, emotive novel. While it contains darkness and heartache, they are accompanied by truth and love, and ultimately, hope and the human capacity to overcome. This sensitive, enthralling story is destined to become a favourite.'' Books+Publishing

''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

''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

''Robert Hillman entwines, with risk and skill, different and seemingly incompatible stories...He adds heft to the distinguished fiction of rural Australia.'' Australian

''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

''The Bookshop of the Broken Heartedis 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

''Hillman''s vivid poetic imagery blends with the realistic descriptions of the horrors of war and its futility...Even though there is much heartache and sadness, this story was a pleasure to read with its inspiring philosophy and compelling characters.'' Good Reading

''A beautifully written, tenderhearted story. This is the kind of book that remains present even while you''re doing something mundane - like washing dishes. It lingered in my mind long after I''d finished the last page.'' Sharon Peterson, Readings St Kilda

''A beautifully written and haunting story of love, loss, and redemption. With his vividly drawn cast of characters in rural Australia in the late 1960s, Hillman explores what it truly means to love another person, and what we''re capable of doing to protect the ones we love at all costs. A gorgeous, heartfelt gem of a novel.'' Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

''The Bookshop of the Broken Heartedis a stunningly beautiful work, a fully imagined world with a rare combination of compelling, vibrant, and tender characters who inhabit the story with courage...The compassion and grace that suffuse this novel are rarely captured in such beautiful language.'' Patti Callahan Henry, New York Timesbestselling author of The Bookshop at Water''s Endand The Favourite Daughter

''I don''t think I''ve ever read anything that comes down so solidly on the worth of investing in life, which makes no promises but offers such dazzling gifts. Every character in this story stole my heart, even the minor ones, including the sheep! There is wonderful, laugh-out-loud humour in these pages, there is anguish, there is frustration. But most of all there is hope and humanity...Try it yourself. Sit down with it and read the first few pages. Then buy it. This one''s a keeper.'' Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv and Night of Miracles

''A beautifully woven tale of love and loss that shines a light on one of human''s most remarkable gifts: our capacity for hope. Hillman is a storyteller of such spell-binding skill that readers will desire nothing more than to curl up in a quiet corner and devour this wise, warm, and transporting novel in one sitting.'' Meg Donohue, New York Timesbestselling author of Dog Crazy and Every Wild Heart



`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 *

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General Fields

  • : 9781925603439
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : April 2018
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  • : Robert Hillman
  • : English
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