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Inspired by extraordinary true events, this remarkable debut novel reveals the enduring power of love and the strength of the human spirit in one woman's quest to find her son, and a little boy's dream to be found. 

For listeners of The Letter by Kathryn Hughes, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and Remember Me by Lesley Pearse.

Molly. Found wandering injured and dazed after an air raid on London, she remembers nothing of who she is. Except that she has lost something very precious...

Jack. His mother disappeared in the bombing. As he waits in the orphanage, he knows one day she'll return for him. But when the opportunity of a golden life is dangled before him, and it's clear his mother's gone, aged nine he boards the SS Asturias, bound for Fremantle, the Outback - and Bindoon Boys' Town.

Kathleen Sullivan. Trapped in a repressive marriage. When the young English boy, undernourished and wary after the brutalities of the Christian Brothers' Outback farm, comes to live with her and her civil servant husband in Perth, she sees in Jack the son she was never able to have. But are they both too damaged to piece together a family?

A powerful, moving story of broken families and mended lives, told with care and compassion, The Oceans Between Us is a riveting, heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting novel of a mother's fight for justice and a boy's fight for survival.

©2018 Gill Thompson (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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so much sadness and tragedy

I had a hard time following who was talking at times. the accents threw me off a bit.

the story is full of tragedy and very real racial tension.

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Historical fiction story but too long and winding

A long and winding writing of a story to tell a very important historical fact worth knowing. Almost gave up at every chapter, but needed to know the history,

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A fabulous story

The characters and plot drew me i right away. I did not stop listening except to sleep. The book gave me another perspective of the”orphaned” children treatment during WWII. I liked the writing style of the author and the narrator presented it well. A must read.

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The narrator makes this book good

Another take on the orphaned British children sent to Australia after WWII. Jane Collingwood, the narrator, did an excellent job of keeping the voices for the different characters.

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Oceans away

Love this book,great read about children sent to Australia after the
War.a slice of history I never knew about