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Master storyteller Judy Nunn has now sold over one million books worldwide. In her spellbinding new best seller, she takes us on a breathtaking journey deep into the red heart of Australia.

It is 2001, and as the world charges into the new millennium, a century-old dream is about to be realised in the Red Centre of Australia: the completion of the mighty Ghan railway, a long-lived vision to create the 'backbone of the continent', a line that will finally link Adelaide with the Top End.

But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will not be without its complications, for much of the desert it will cross is Aboriginal land.

Hired as a negotiator, Jessica Manning must walk a delicate line to reassure the elders their sacred sites will be protected. Will her innate understanding of the spiritual landscape, rooted in her own Arunta heritage, win their trust? It's not easy to keep the peace when Matthew Witherton and his survey team are quite literally blasting a rail corridor through the timeless land of the Never-Never.

When the paths of Jessica and Matthew finally cross, their respective cultures collide to reveal a mystery that demands attention. As they struggle against time to solve the puzzle, an ancient wrong is awakened and calls hauntingly across the vastness of the outback....

©2015 Judy Nunn. Produced by arrangement with Random House Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2015 Bolinda

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  • Gianna
  • 12-04-16

Great history in a novel

I loved the way book provided historical perspective of both aboriginal and early settlers. The story provided some great characters that enabled reader to immerse themselves in the challenging conditions and ideas of the past.

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  • Michael
  • 10-18-16

Interesting tale from the Red Centre

Enjoyable story. Ambivalent about the reader who gets indigenous parts right but falters elsewhere in the tale.

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  • Patricia Ann Kirkby
  • 08-03-16

What a book!

This book was fantastic and held my interest from start to finish. I learnt such a lot about indigenous people, their culture and beliefs. Thank you.

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  • BookwormDownUnder
  • 06-06-16

Nowhere near as good as her other books.

I didn't get that draw to the book that I normally do for Judy's work, I really didn't enjoy the narration, slow, boring and at times mispronounced. The ending of the book seemed rushed and silly. It won't stop me reading more of her books, just didn't enjoy listening to this one.

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  • Esther
  • 03-02-16

spit it out

wonderful story superbly written sadly mutilated by the reader. several
times I almost gave up listening. it was so frustrating and having to go back and translate what was read into the word or phrase that I am sure wad written for example 'personal read but I am sure the author wrore personable. .this is the second time I have struggled with an actor reading. bi guess reading is a different skill and requires a wider vocabulsry to allow real expresion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-16

Love affair with the red centre

I always loved Bryce Courtney books and for a long time struggled to find an other book that took my mind on the journey that his books did.
Spirit of the Ghan goes very close, a few places I struggled , but it helped me understand the relationship between indigenous Australians and there ancestors a little more, didn't say it made me a believer . Is definetly a book I will listen to again , I drive interstate trucks listen to about 3 a week and not a lot I would listen to again . If u like Bryce you will love this

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  • chefando
  • 01-07-16

Great book to listen too

Very happy nothing to complain about lovely story line as always. Can't wait for the next one in the Line.