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The Far Country | [Nevil Shute]

The Far Country

A young English woman leaves her ageing parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback, where she quickly falls in love - both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, their relationship hangs in the balance when Jennifer is called back to England.
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A young English woman leaves her ageing parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback, where she quickly falls in love - both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, their relationship hangs in the balance when Jennifer is called back to England.

©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Enjoyable story of love blossoming over the scalpels." (Evening Standard)

"A heart-lifting novel by a master-weaver of romance and adventure." (Boston Herald)

"Nevil Shute made me yearn for a faithful, plodding, Shute-type of man. I imagined us trekking across the Australian outback, finding a run-down hamlet, and then transforming it together until death or flood parted us." (Sue Townshed, The Times)

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    BikeMeister Woodbridge, Virginia United States 02-11-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great Story!"

    A really great novel about Britain and Australia after the Second World War. Lots of insight into the economic situations of both countries and the opportunity many Brits saw at the time in Australia. Great characters, very intelligently written and always good natured.

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    A Worcester, MA, United States 07-24-13
    A Worcester, MA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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    "Oldie but goodie..."

    I have to admit that as far as popular fiction goes, I prefer stuff that was written in the middle of the 20th century--like Nevil Shute, Graham Greene, Dick Francis--and so I found this story written by Nevil Shute in the early 1950s about life in Australia and post war England to be a most enjoyable read. The plot is simple and it beats 'historical fiction' because it wasn't trying to recreate anything. If you are looking for an action-packed adventure with lots of dialogue and very little description, you have come to the wrong place.

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    "Beautiful story"

    Julie Maisey is an amazing narrator, bringing all the characters, whether English, Australian, or Czech to life vividly. The story is lovely with colorful depictions of post-war Australian lifestyle attempting to adapt to the influx of Europe's displaced persons. Interesting and touching..

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    "Thoroughly absorbing"

    I enjoyed every minute, one of Nevil Shute's best.
    The narrator is very good, and the storyline, split between England and Australia in the early 1950s, is vivid and engaging.

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