Winner of the Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel, The Hand of Glory delivers listeners to the Australia of an alternate universe. Sophie Masson’s counterfactual history depicts 1850s Sydney free from British rule, reimagining southern Australia as the French colony of Esperance. The story follows dual protagonists, their fates intertwined: listeners meet Sylvia Hoveden, a young British woman visiting Australia in search of her missing brother, and Anje Otsoa, seeking to avenge the death of his parents whilst in the employ of Esperance’s governor. Actor Richard Aspel displays a remarkable knack for accents and dialects, as he breathes emotion and personality into Masson’s colorful cast of characters. Aspel proves himself a stirring and graceful storyteller, his throaty baritone betraying mystery, intrigue, and suspense.
Are the two disappearances somehow related? Both Sylvia and Anne are about to be plunged into a nest of intrigue, conspiracy and danger far greater than any they could have imagined. Because someone is waiting, watching - and when that person is revealed, the unexpected awaits.
©2002 Sophie Masson; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishers Pty Ltd.
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