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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman

For anyone who’s ever had their heart broken, anyone who’s ever had their broken heart mended, and anyone who’s ever visited a bookshop…

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Ebook
ISBN
9780571349791
Date Published
18.12.2018
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Summary

The perfect book for anyone who’s ever had their heart broken, anyone who’s ever had their broken heart mended, and anyone who’s ever visited a bookshop…

Tom Hope doesn’t chase rainbows. He does his best on the farm – he milks the cows, harvests the apples, looks after the sheep – but Tom’s been lonely since his wife Trudy left, taking little Peter with her to go join the holy rollers.

Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic smalltown bookseller: the second Jew – and the most vivid person – Tom has ever met. When she asks him to move in, and help her build Australia’s most beautiful bookshop, Tom 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 battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.

Critic Reviews

A novel of great spirit and tenderness.

Claire Tiffany
Critic Reviews

While this tale contains darkness and heartache, they are accompanied by truth and love, and ultimately, hope, and the human capacity to overcome…A sensitive, enthralling story, destined to become a favourite.

Books+Publishing
Critic Reviews

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

Australian
Critic Reviews

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.

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ROBERT HILLMAN has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the Australian National Biography Award, and Joyful, published by Text in Australia in 2014. He lives in Melbourne.

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